Responsible investing

We manage our business within a robust control environment to ensure we effectively safeguard our clients’ assets. We have dedicated management committees which oversee business risk management, business continuity and human resource practices.

Everything we do is aimed at achieving industry ‘best practice’ standards. Our policy supports the principles of the Financial Reporting Council’s Combined Code on Corporate Governance and also equivalent international guidance.

At Kames Capital, we aim to be more responsible investors. We ensure that we identify and understand the key environmental, social and governance risks for each of the companies, industries and sectors that we invest in. We do this because evidence suggests that companies which 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 are available below, together with our Responsible Investment Policy.

We are also a signatory to the United Nations Principles for Responsible Investment, 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 to report annually on their activities and progress.

Visit our ethical investment website:  www.kamescapital.com/ethical (For professional investors only)

Ethical Investment Microsite

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 ethical newsletter
2014 Ethical Survey Report 
Capital Requirements Directive Pillar 3 Disclosures
Capital Requirements Directive – Interim Country by Country Report
The UK Stewardship Code - Compliance Statement 
The Kames Capital UK Responsible Investment Policy 
Voting and engagement report - Six months to 30 June 2014
Proxy voting report - Quarter 2 2014
Kames UN PRI RI Transparency Report 2013/2014
Our ethical investment screening process