Responsible investing

Kames Capital aims to be a responsible investor. We ensure that we identify and understand the key environmental, social and governance (ESG) risks for each of the companies, industries and sectors that we invest in. We do this because evidence suggests that companies who rank among the leaders in governance and sustainability tend to outperform as investments over the long term.

Our approach to responsible investment is consistent with the UK Stewardship Code. The Code sets out good practice Principles on engagement with investee companies which UK-based institutional investors should aspire to. A statement outlining our compliance with The Code’s Principles is provided below. Further details are also provided in our Responsible Investment Policy.

We are also a signatory to the United Nations Principles for Responsible Investment (UN PRI). The UN PRI is the principal international investor initiative to drive the integration of environmental, social and governance issues into investment decision making. The initiative places a formal requirement on signatories to be active, responsible shareholders and report annually on activities and progress in a transparent manner.

Visit our ethical investment website: 

www.kamescapital.com/ethical 

Visit our Fund Centre for details of the specialist ethical funds managed by Kames Capital: 

Ethical Corporate Bond Fund
Ethical Equity Fund
Ethical Cautious Managed Fund 

Document downloads: 

Engage - our quarterly ethical newsletter
Capital Requirements Directive Pillar 3 Disclosures
The UK Stewardship Code - Compliance Statement 
The Kames Capital UK Responsible Investment Policy 
Voting and engagement report - Six months to 31 December 2013
Proxy voting report - Quarter 1 2014
Annual UN Principles for Responsible Investment Statement (UN PRI)
Our ethical investment screening process