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  • Managing a sustainable business

    At Kames Capital we use our collective investment management expertise to help people achieve a lifetime of financial security. The investment products and services that we provide aim to deliver value to clients over many years. This demands that we take a long-term approach to managing our own business.

  • Our commitment

    to managing a sustainable business

    Martin Davis

    Martin Davis
    Chief Executive Officer

    We embrace sustainability as a corporate objective and it is central to our strategy and culture. We align our commercial objectives with positive sustainability outcomes by:

    • Ensuring compliance with all relevant legislation and codes of practice.
    • Promoting a culture of sustainability within Kames Capital and across all our stakeholders.
    • Seeking continuous improvement in the responsible management of resources, including energy, materials and waste.
    • Regularly reviewing, assessing and communicating our sustainability objectives.
    • Setting annual targets for sustainability and reporting on these to clients and other stakeholders.

    To support a culture of continuous improvement we have set a range of sustainability objectives and targets, which the Kames Sustainability Committee regularly review. We will report on our performance through the annual Kames Sustainability Report.

  • Recruitment and employee diversity

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    At Kames Capital we value the range of perspectives and skills which a diverse workforce brings to our business. We are committed to providing equal opportunities in employment.

    We do not tolerate discrimination in any form and work hard to ensure that our culture encourages, supports and develops all employees to achieve their potential.

    We are committed to embracing diversity, which means acknowledging, understanding and appreciating the differences between individuals and developing a workplace culture that enhances their value. We recognise that a diverse workforce brings a wide range of resources, skills, ideas and energy to the business, and ultimately is a competitive advantage.

  • Benchmarking gender diversity

    in our investment team

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    In August 2018 Citywire published new research on female participation in fund management, which included a survey of over 18,000 investment professionals across 42 countries. The report titled ‘Alpha Female’ showed that:

    10% of the 16,084 investment managers surveyed globally by Citywire are female (down from 11% in 2017).

    9% of the 1,452 UK-based investment managers surveyed are female (down from 10% in 2017).

    For Kames Capital the equivalent proportion of female investment professionals as at 31 December 2018 was 19% (16 of 83 investment professionals), unchanged from a year ago. These figures suggest that, relative to peers, Kames Capital is among the leaders for female participation in investment management.

  • Women in senior roles

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    In our Sustainability Annual Report we publish gender diversity data for Kames Capital.

    The following senior management roles within Kames Capital are currently occupied by women:

    • Finance Director
    • Human Resources Director
    • Head of Dealing
    • General Counsel and Head of Legal Affairs
    • Enterprise Architect
  • Managing our carbon footprint

    Emission table

    We calculate the greenhouse gas (GHG) metrics resulting from our business activities in terms of utilities, transport and waste. These figures provide a baseline for future comparisons and inform the development of a suite of business benchmarks and carbon intensity measures.

    This information provides the key inputs to the formation of a carbon reduction strategy and aligned improvement initiatives.

    The data has been calculated following the World Resources Institute GHG Protocol methodology, utilising emission factors published by the UK government.

  • Sustainability annual report

    2018 sustainable report

    We have a longstanding commitment to sustainability. But what we have not done before is to report on our activities in a single place. This is the purpose of our Sustainability Annual Report. We want it to set a baseline for our company-wide commitment to continual improvement in sustainability measures.

    Only through acknowledging the change around us can we seek to manage its impact for the benefit of our clients, employees and the communities in which we live, work and do business.

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  • Promoting green travel

    Workplace travel case study

    Kames Capital and our sister company Aegon UK have joined with the City of Edinburgh Council to help raise awareness of the opportunities to walk and cycle in Edinburgh, as an alternative to taking a car to work.

    In 2016 around 30 large organisations in Edinburgh were part of the scheme. The aim was to encourage employees to walk and cycle more often by offering sustainable travel roadshows, cycle-awareness sessions, walking challenges and personal travel planning. Due to the success in 2016 the City of Edinburgh Council have provided additional funding for the scheme to run in 2017.