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Standard Life celebrates decade of ethical investing

Wednesday 2nd July 2014

Global investment manager, Standard Life Investments is celebrating ten years of ethical investing in the £206.3m Standard Life Investments UK Ethical Fund.
The firm has also highlighted the results of its 2014 Annual Ethical Investor Survey which shows that good Business Ethics, Corporate Governance and Engagement are important to investors.
During the last decade, the Fund has grown in size significantly, returning 149.3% to investors. The fund has returned above median performance over all key time periods in the UK All Companies Sector and has been a consistent top quartile performer in its ethical subsector, Standard Life has claimed.
The UK Ethical Fund aims to provide long-term growth by investing in a diversified portfolio of UK equities that meet Standard Life Investments’ ethical criteria. 
Lesley Duncan, Manager of Standard Life Investments UK Ethical Fund, said: “I’m in the privileged position of being able to reflect on the changing sentiment of ethical investors over a decade. Our research shows that the ethical criteria that remain important to our investors have been consistent over the years with areas like – weapons, tobacco, human rights and environmental issues high on the radar.”
“Our most recent ethical investor survey also indicates that investors believe that board level committees should exist to oversee environmental, social and health and safety matters and reveals very high interest lending as being a new area our investors are concerned about,” she added. 

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