Aberdeen Standard Investments launches UK Equity Impact – Employment Opportunities Fund

Sam Waples Fri, February 09th, 2018

We are delighted to have been commissioned by Big Issue Invest in collaboration with Aberdeen Standard Investments to develop the impact assessment framework that is being applied across the Fund’s investment universe.

Lesley Duncan, Fund Manager, Aberdeen Standard Investments, said: “The strategy of the UK Equity Impact – Employment Opportunities Fund is designed to meet the dual objectives of strong financial returns, while supporting good employment opportunities and practices. By investing in quoted UK companies the Fund seeks to harness equity-market returns while also helping to direct significant capital in support of the UN Sustainable Development Goal 8 – full and productive employment. A special job assessment framework underpins the investment process, guiding portfolio selection and helping the Fund meet its impact objectives, thereby helping to address inequalities in the UK.

Good employment is fundamental to all aspects of personal and social wellbeing. The Fund offers investors a clearly defined means of investing in companies demonstrating best practice within human capital management, while seeking to deliver a competitive financial return over the longer term.”