Insight from Aberdeen Asset Management at a turbulent time
Foreword It has been a turbulent year for politics, and for the societies in which we operate as an investment firm. It has also been a volatile year for global investment returns in many different asset classes. The coming year looks set to continue in the same fashion. However, this provides context for our stewardship and environmental, social and governance (ESG) research activities. Our Research Institute published its ESG Index in Q4. This measures the social aspects of many countries’ capitalist activities. The research behind the index helps us to focus on some of the longer-term measures of a country’s success. It also helps our investment teams to identify ESG risks and opportunities emerging within their investment universes. The index highlights where countries need to act to improve the sustainability of their development efforts.