Aberdeen Standard establishes APAC sustainability institute


The initiative aims to stimulate sustainable investment and support the development of the ESG ecosystem in the region

As part of efforts to deepen its long-standing commitment to sustainability in Asia-Pacific, Aberdeen Standard Investments (ASI) established the abrdn Sustainability Institute in the region. The company says the initiative reinforces ASI’s mission to empower its customers to be better investors, by fostering sustainable investing and supporting the creation of a resilient environmental, social and governance (ESG) ecosystem. in Asia-Pacific.

The Sustainability Institute will be a fully integrated sustainability innovation hub that brings together experienced ESG experts from its Asia-Pacific business to drive sustainability results for investors. It will include ESG investment professionals across all asset classes and sustainability specialists from various business functions including regulation, product development, distribution and corporate sustainability. ASI will continue to add dedicated ESG staff as part of its strategy to deepen its capacity for sustainable development in APAC.

The institute will be led by Danielle Welsh-Rose, Director of ESG Investments for Asia-Pacific. He will be advised by a Sustainable Investment Advisory Board, chaired by its Asia-Pacific CEO René Buehlmann. It will also draw on the global experience of more than 30 on-site ESG investment experts and its central ESG function of 20 people.

Buehlmann says: “Asia is still far behind the rest of the world in deploying sustainable investment strategies, but it is changing rapidly to catch up with customer demand. By capitalizing on our deep global and Asian ESG expertise, we have the opportunity to drive positive change in the industry. Active engagement with businesses, policy makers, industry partners and clients on ESG issues will be essential to help build an impactful sustainable investment infrastructure in the region. “


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