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  • Overall approach
    2/10
    • Overarching commitment on deforestation
      0/6
    • Deforestation as a business risk
      2/2
      Yes
      2/2
      "Deforestation linked to growing commodities demand presents significant risk of loss for investors, but also opportunities to benefit by engaging companies and adding to pressure for stricter policy actions."; "The challenge of understanding how biodiversity is linked to business is complex, and tackling it requires a broad collective commitment. abrdn acknowledges that it has a role to play in seeking out opportunities that contribute to biodiversity and minimising the risks associated with poor practices."
    • Target to reduce emissions in scope 1/2
    • Company must have anti-corruption policy
      0/2
  • Commodity score
    9/90
    • Beef & Leather
      5/90
      • Commitment Strength
        0/31
        • Commodity-specific deforestation financing policy
          0/9.6
          • Commitment details
            No commitment
            0/8
          • Policy applies to all operations and financing
            No
            0/0.4
          • Policy applies to all deals
            No
            0/0.4
          • Policy applies to all companies
            No
            0/0.4
          • Policy applies to all stages of the supply chain
            None
            0/0.4
        • Companies must be legally operated
          0/4.6
          • Commitment details
            No commitment
            0/3
          • Policy applies to all operations and financing
            No
            0/0.4
          • Policy applies to all deals
            No
            0/0.4
          • Policy applies to all companies
            No
            0/0.4
          • Policy applies to all stages of the supply chain
            None
            0/0.4
        • Companies must monitor operations
          0/5.6
          • Commitment details
            No
            0/4
          • Policy applies to all operations and financing
            No
            0/0.4
          • Policy applies to all deals
            No
            0/0.4
          • Policy applies to all companies
            No
            0/0.4
          • Policy applies to all stages of the supply chain
            None
            0/0.4
        • Companies must conduct risk assessments
          0/5.6
          • Commitment details
            No
            0/4
          • Policy applies to all operations and financing
            No
            0/0.4
          • Policy applies to all deals
            No
            0/0.4
          • Policy applies to all companies
            No
            0/0.4
          • Policy applies to all stages of the supply chain
            None
            0/0.4
        • Companies must specify a cut-off date
          0/5.6
          • Commitment details
            No
            0/4
          • Policy applies to all operations and financing
            No
            0/0.4
          • Policy applies to all deals
            No
            0/0.4
          • Policy applies to all companies
            No
            0/0.4
          • Policy applies to all stages of the supply chain
            None
            0/0.4
      • Social Considerations
        5/27
        • Company must ensure Free, Prior and Informed Consent
          5.2/5.6
          • Commitment details
            Required
            4/4
            Commitment details
            Required
            4/4
            "At Aberdeen Standard Investments, we ask the companies in which we invest to follow best practice in three key ways. First, where local protection for the rights of indigenous peoples falls short of international standards or community expectations, companies should go beyond mere legal compliance. We expect all companies in which we invest to comply with local laws and regulations. [...] Second, companies should incorporate additional standards into their operating systems. Here, best practice includes conforming to the UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples (UNDRIP) and adopting Performance Standard 7 of the International Finance Corporation (IFC) [...] The IFC’s Performance Standard 7 requires companies to identify all indigenous communities that may be affected by their projects and to obtain free, prior and informed consent (FPIC) over land use, aiming to avoid or minimise negative impacts. Finally, we expect companies to be fully transparent about their approach and their progress."
          • Policy applies to all operations and financing
            No
            0/0.4
            Policy applies to all operations and financing
            No
            0/0.4
            Commitment applies to subsidiary website Aberdeen Standard Investments:"At Aberdeen Standard Investments, we ask the companies in which we invest to follow best practice in three key ways. First, where local protection for the rights of indigenous peoples falls short of international standards or community expectations, companies should go beyond mere legal compliance. We expect all companies in which we invest to comply with local laws and regulations. [...] Second, companies should incorporate additional standards into their operating systems. Here, best practice includes conforming to the UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples (UNDRIP) and adopting Performance Standard 7 of the International Finance Corporation (IFC) [...] The IFC’s Performance Standard 7 requires companies to identify all indigenous communities that may be affected by their projects and to obtain free, prior and informed consent (FPIC) over land use, aiming to avoid or minimise negative impacts. Finally, we expect companies to be fully transparent about their approach and their progress."
          • Policy applies to all deals
            All financing
            0.4/0.4
            Policy applies to all deals
            All financing
            0.4/0.4
            "At Aberdeen Standard Investments, we ask the companies in which we invest to follow best practice in three key ways. First, where local protection for the rights of indigenous peoples falls short of international standards or community expectations, companies should go beyond mere legal compliance. We expect all companies in which we invest to comply with local laws and regulations. [...] Second, companies should incorporate additional standards into their operating systems. Here, best practice includes conforming to the UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples (UNDRIP) and adopting Performance Standard 7 of the International Finance Corporation (IFC) [...] The IFC’s Performance Standard 7 requires companies to identify all indigenous communities that may be affected by their projects and to obtain free, prior and informed consent (FPIC) over land use, aiming to avoid or minimise negative impacts. Finally, we expect companies to be fully transparent about their approach and their progress."
          • Policy applies to all companies
            All financing
            0.4/0.4
            Policy applies to all companies
            All financing
            0.4/0.4
            "At Aberdeen Standard Investments, we ask the companies in which we invest to follow best practice in three key ways. First, where local protection for the rights of indigenous peoples falls short of international standards or community expectations, companies should go beyond mere legal compliance. We expect all companies in which we invest to comply with local laws and regulations. [...] Second, companies should incorporate additional standards into their operating systems. Here, best practice includes conforming to the UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples (UNDRIP) and adopting Performance Standard 7 of the International Finance Corporation (IFC) [...] The IFC’s Performance Standard 7 requires companies to identify all indigenous communities that may be affected by their projects and to obtain free, prior and informed consent (FPIC) over land use, aiming to avoid or minimise negative impacts. Finally, we expect companies to be fully transparent about their approach and their progress."
          • Policy applies to all stages of the supply chain
            Producers; Processors; Traders; Manufacturers; Retailers
            0.4/0.4
            Policy applies to all stages of the supply chain
            Producers; Processors; Traders; Manufacturers; Retailers
            0.4/0.4
            "At Aberdeen Standard Investments, we ask the companies in which we invest to follow best practice in three key ways. First, where local protection for the rights of indigenous peoples falls short of international standards or community expectations, companies should go beyond mere legal compliance. We expect all companies in which we invest to comply with local laws and regulations. [...] Second, companies should incorporate additional standards into their operating systems. Here, best practice includes conforming to the UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples (UNDRIP) and adopting Performance Standard 7 of the International Finance Corporation (IFC) [...] The IFC’s Performance Standard 7 requires companies to identify all indigenous communities that may be affected by their projects and to obtain free, prior and informed consent (FPIC) over land use, aiming to avoid or minimise negative impacts. Finally, we expect companies to be fully transparent about their approach and their progress."
        • Companies must have a grievance mechanism
          0/5.6
          • Commitment details
            No
            0/4
          • Policy applies to all operations and financing
            No
            0/0.4
          • Policy applies to all deals
            No
            0/0.4
          • Policy applies to all companies
            No
            0/0.4
          • Policy applies to all stages of the supply chain
            None
            0/0.4
        • Company must respect labour rights
          0/5.6
          • Commitment details
            No
            0/4
          • Policy applies to all operations and financing
            No
            0/0.4
          • Policy applies to all deals
            No
            0/0.4
          • Policy applies to all companies
            No
            0/0.4
          • Policy applies to all stages of the supply chain
            None
            0/0.4
        • Company must address gender equality issues
          0/5.6
          • Commitment details
            No
            0/4
          • Policy applies to all operations and financing
            No
            0/0.4
          • Policy applies to all deals
            No
            0/0.4
          • Policy applies to all companies
            No
            0/0.4
          • Policy applies to all stages of the supply chain
            None
            0/0.4
        • Companies must encourage the inclusion of small-scale farmers
          0/5.6
          • Commitment details
            No
            0/4
          • Policy applies to all operations and financing
            No
            0/0.4
          • Policy applies to all deals
            No
            0/0.4
          • Policy applies to all companies
            No
            0/0.4
          • Policy applies to all stages of the supply chain
            None
            0/0.4
        • Companies must resolve land conflicts
          0/1.6
          • Commitment details
            No
          • Policy applies to all operations and financing
            No
            0/0.4
          • Policy applies to all deals
            No
            0/0.4
          • Policy applies to all companies
            No
            0/0.4
          • Policy applies to all stages of the supply chain
            None
            0/0.4
      • Reporting and Implementation
        0/31
        • Commitments must be timebound
          No
          0/5
        • Companies must disclose subsidiaries in commodity supply chains
          No
          0/4
        • Companies must disclose locations
          No
          0/4
        • Policy is reviewed and updated
          No
          0/2
        • Monitoring and non-compliance process
          No
          0/5
        • Engagement with non-compliant companies
          No
          0/5
        • Reporting on implementation of the policy
          No
          0/6
        • Ethical product in portfolio
          No
    • Palm oil
      19/90
      • Commitment Strength
        10/31
        • Commodity-specific deforestation financing policy
          5/9.6
          • Commitment details
            Certification
            4/8
            Commitment details
            Certification
            4/8
            "We also encourage the implementation of No Deforestation, No Peat, No Exploitation (NDPE) sourcing policies. We want to steer our investments towards setting ambitious, time-bound targets to eliminate exposure to deforestation and human/labour-rights risks... We aim to ensure that the following are true of our palmoil-exposed investments: . They have achieved or are committed to achieving RSPO/ISPO or other internationally recognised certification." 
          • Policy applies to all operations and financing
            No
            0/0.4
            Policy applies to all operations and financing
            No
            0/0.4
            Applies to palm oil exposed investments only: "We also encourage the implementation of No Deforestation, No Peat, No Exploitation (NDPE) sourcing policies. We want to steer our investments towards setting ambitious, time-bound targets to eliminate exposure to deforestation and human/labour-rights risks... We aim to ensure that the following are true of our palmoil-exposed investments: . They have achieved or are committed to achieving RSPO/ISPO or other internationally recognised certification." 
          • Policy applies to all deals
            All financing
            0.4/0.4
            Policy applies to all deals
            All financing
            0.4/0.4
            "We also encourage the implementation of No Deforestation, No Peat, No Exploitation (NDPE) sourcing policies. We want to steer our investments towards setting ambitious, time-bound targets to eliminate exposure to deforestation and human/labour-rights risks... We aim to ensure that the following are true of our palmoil-exposed investments: . They have achieved or are committed to achieving RSPO/ISPO or other internationally recognised certification." 
          • Policy applies to all companies
            All financing
            0.4/0.4
            Policy applies to all companies
            All financing
            0.4/0.4
            "We also encourage the implementation of No Deforestation, No Peat, No Exploitation (NDPE) sourcing policies. We want to steer our investments towards setting ambitious, time-bound targets to eliminate exposure to deforestation and human/labour-rights risks... We aim to ensure that the following are true of our palmoil-exposed investments: . They have achieved or are committed to achieving RSPO/ISPO or other internationally recognised certification." 
          • Policy applies to all stages of the supply chain
            Producers; Processors
            0.2/0.4
            Policy applies to all stages of the supply chain
            Producers; Processors
            0.2/0.4
            "We also encourage the implementation of No Deforestation, No Peat, No Exploitation (NDPE) sourcing policies. We want to steer our investments towards setting ambitious, time-bound targets to eliminate exposure to deforestation and human/labour-rights risks... We aim to ensure that the following are true of our palmoil-exposed investments: . They have achieved or are committed to achieving RSPO/ISPO or other internationally recognised certification." 
        • Companies must be legally operated
          2/4.6
          • Commitment details
            Companies own operations - Encouraged
            1/3
            Commitment details
            Companies own operations - Encouraged
            1/3
             "We aim to ensure that the following are true of our palm-oil-exposed investments: • [...] • They are able to prove the legality of their operations and have complied with all laws and standards..."
          • Policy applies to all operations and financing
            No
            0/0.4
            Policy applies to all operations and financing
            No
            0/0.4
             "We aim to ensure that the following are true of our palm-oil-exposed investments: • [...] • They are able to prove the legality of their operations and have complied with all laws and standards..."
          • Policy applies to all deals
            All financing
            0.4/0.4
            Policy applies to all deals
            All financing
            0.4/0.4
             "We aim to ensure that the following are true of our palm-oil-exposed investments: • [...] • They are able to prove the legality of their operations and have complied with all laws and standards..."
          • Policy applies to all companies
            All financing
            0.4/0.4
            Policy applies to all companies
            All financing
            0.4/0.4
             "We aim to ensure that the following are true of our palm-oil-exposed investments: • [...] • They are able to prove the legality of their operations and have complied with all laws and standards..."
          • Policy applies to all stages of the supply chain
            Producers; Processors
            0.2/0.4
            Policy applies to all stages of the supply chain
            Producers; Processors
            0.2/0.4
             "We aim to ensure that the following are true of our palm-oil-exposed investments: • [...] • They are able to prove the legality of their operations and have complied with all laws and standards..."
        • Companies must monitor operations
          3/5.6
          • Commitment details
            Encouraged
            2/4
            Commitment details
            Encouraged
            2/4
            Certification scheme (if applicable): RSPO

            Type of policy: Assurance mechanism
            "We aim to ensure that the following are true of our palmoil-exposed investments: ...They have achieved or are committed to achieving RSPO/ISPO or other internationally recognised certification." 
          • Policy applies to all operations and financing
            No
            0/0.4
            Policy applies to all operations and financing
            No
            0/0.4
            "We aim to ensure that the following are true of our palmoil-exposed investments: ...They have achieved or are committed to achieving RSPO/ISPO or other internationally recognised certification." 
          • Policy applies to all deals
            All financing
            0.4/0.4
            Policy applies to all deals
            All financing
            0.4/0.4
            "We aim to ensure that the following are true of our palmoil-exposed investments: ...They have achieved or are committed to achieving RSPO/ISPO or other internationally recognised certification." 
          • Policy applies to all companies
            All financing
            0.4/0.4
            Policy applies to all companies
            All financing
            0.4/0.4
            "We aim to ensure that the following are true of our palmoil-exposed investments: ...They have achieved or are committed to achieving RSPO/ISPO or other internationally recognised certification." 
          • Policy applies to all stages of the supply chain
            Producers; Processors
            0.2/0.4
            Policy applies to all stages of the supply chain
            Producers; Processors
            0.2/0.4
            "We aim to ensure that the following are true of our palmoil-exposed investments: ...They have achieved or are committed to achieving RSPO/ISPO or other internationally recognised certification." 
        • Companies must conduct risk assessments
          0/5.6
          • Commitment details
            No
            0/4
          • Policy applies to all operations and financing
            No
            0/0.4
          • Policy applies to all deals
            No
            0/0.4
          • Policy applies to all companies
            No
            0/0.4
          • Policy applies to all stages of the supply chain
            None
            0/0.4
        • Companies must specify a cut-off date
          0/5.6
          • Commitment details
            No
            0/4
          • Policy applies to all operations and financing
            No
            0/0.4
          • Policy applies to all deals
            No
            0/0.4
          • Policy applies to all companies
            No
            0/0.4
          • Policy applies to all stages of the supply chain
            None
            0/0.4
      • Social Considerations
        5/27
        • Company must ensure Free, Prior and Informed Consent
          5.2/5.6
          • Commitment details
            Required
            4/4
            Commitment details
            Required
            4/4
            "At Aberdeen Standard Investments, we ask the companies in which we invest to follow best practice in three key ways. First, where local protection for the rights of indigenous peoples falls short of international standards or community expectations, companies should go beyond mere legal compliance. We expect all companies in which we invest to comply with local laws and regulations. [...] Second, companies should incorporate additional standards into their operating systems. Here, best practice includes conforming to the UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples (UNDRIP) and adopting Performance Standard 7 of the International Finance Corporation (IFC) [...] The IFC’s Performance Standard 7 requires companies to identify all indigenous communities that may be affected by their projects and to obtain free, prior and informed consent (FPIC) over land use, aiming to avoid or minimise negative impacts. Finally, we expect companies to be fully transparent about their approach and their progress."
          • Policy applies to all operations and financing
            No
            0/0.4
            Policy applies to all operations and financing
            No
            0/0.4
            Commitment applies to subsidiary website Aberdeen Standard Investments: "At Aberdeen Standard Investments, we ask the companies in which we invest to follow best practice in three key ways. First, where local protection for the rights of indigenous peoples falls short of international standards or community expectations, companies should go beyond mere legal compliance. We expect all companies in which we invest to comply with local laws and regulations. [...] Second, companies should incorporate additional standards into their operating systems. Here, best practice includes conforming to the UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples (UNDRIP) and adopting Performance Standard 7 of the International Finance Corporation (IFC) [...] The IFC’s Performance Standard 7 requires companies to identify all indigenous communities that may be affected by their projects and to obtain free, prior and informed consent (FPIC) over land use, aiming to avoid or minimise negative impacts. Finally, we expect companies to be fully transparent about their approach and their progress."
          • Policy applies to all deals
            All financing
            0.4/0.4
            Policy applies to all deals
            All financing
            0.4/0.4
            "At Aberdeen Standard Investments, we ask the companies in which we invest to follow best practice in three key ways. First, where local protection for the rights of indigenous peoples falls short of international standards or community expectations, companies should go beyond mere legal compliance. We expect all companies in which we invest to comply with local laws and regulations. [...] Second, companies should incorporate additional standards into their operating systems. Here, best practice includes conforming to the UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples (UNDRIP) and adopting Performance Standard 7 of the International Finance Corporation (IFC) [...] The IFC’s Performance Standard 7 requires companies to identify all indigenous communities that may be affected by their projects and to obtain free, prior and informed consent (FPIC) over land use, aiming to avoid or minimise negative impacts. Finally, we expect companies to be fully transparent about their approach and their progress."
          • Policy applies to all companies
            All financing
            0.4/0.4
            Policy applies to all companies
            All financing
            0.4/0.4
            "At Aberdeen Standard Investments, we ask the companies in which we invest to follow best practice in three key ways. First, where local protection for the rights of indigenous peoples falls short of international standards or community expectations, companies should go beyond mere legal compliance. We expect all companies in which we invest to comply with local laws and regulations. [...] Second, companies should incorporate additional standards into their operating systems. Here, best practice includes conforming to the UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples (UNDRIP) and adopting Performance Standard 7 of the International Finance Corporation (IFC) [...] The IFC’s Performance Standard 7 requires companies to identify all indigenous communities that may be affected by their projects and to obtain free, prior and informed consent (FPIC) over land use, aiming to avoid or minimise negative impacts. Finally, we expect companies to be fully transparent about their approach and their progress."
          • Policy applies to all stages of the supply chain
            Producers; Processors; Traders; Manufacturers; Retailers
            0.4/0.4
            Policy applies to all stages of the supply chain
            Producers; Processors; Traders; Manufacturers; Retailers
            0.4/0.4
            "At Aberdeen Standard Investments, we ask the companies in which we invest to follow best practice in three key ways. First, where local protection for the rights of indigenous peoples falls short of international standards or community expectations, companies should go beyond mere legal compliance. We expect all companies in which we invest to comply with local laws and regulations. [...] Second, companies should incorporate additional standards into their operating systems. Here, best practice includes conforming to the UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples (UNDRIP) and adopting Performance Standard 7 of the International Finance Corporation (IFC) [...] The IFC’s Performance Standard 7 requires companies to identify all indigenous communities that may be affected by their projects and to obtain free, prior and informed consent (FPIC) over land use, aiming to avoid or minimise negative impacts. Finally, we expect companies to be fully transparent about their approach and their progress."
        • Companies must have a grievance mechanism
          0/5.6
          • Commitment details
            No
            0/4
          • Policy applies to all operations and financing
            No
            0/0.4
          • Policy applies to all deals
            No
            0/0.4
          • Policy applies to all companies
            No
            0/0.4
          • Policy applies to all stages of the supply chain
            None
            0/0.4
        • Company must respect labour rights
          0/5.6
          • Commitment details
            No
            0/4
          • Policy applies to all operations and financing
            No
            0/0.4
          • Policy applies to all deals
            No
            0/0.4
          • Policy applies to all companies
            No
            0/0.4
          • Policy applies to all stages of the supply chain
            None
            0/0.4
        • Company must address gender equality issues
          0/5.6
          • Commitment details
            No
            0/4
          • Policy applies to all operations and financing
            No
            0/0.4
          • Policy applies to all deals
            No
            0/0.4
          • Policy applies to all companies
            No
            0/0.4
          • Policy applies to all stages of the supply chain
            None
            0/0.4
        • Companies must encourage the inclusion of small-scale farmers
          0/5.6
          • Commitment details
            No
            0/4
          • Policy applies to all operations and financing
            No
            0/0.4
          • Policy applies to all deals
            No
            0/0.4
          • Policy applies to all companies
            No
            0/0.4
          • Policy applies to all stages of the supply chain
            None
            0/0.4
        • Companies must resolve land conflicts
          0/1.6
          • Commitment details
            Encouraged
            Commitment details
            Encouraged
            0/0
            "We aim to ensure that the following are true of our palmoil-exposed investments: . They are not exposed to unresolved land-rights conflicts and ongoing controversies."
          • Policy applies to all operations and financing
            No
            0/0.4
          • Policy applies to all deals
            All financing
            0/0.4
            Policy applies to all deals
            All financing
            0/0.4
            "We aim to ensure that the following are true of our palmoil-exposed investments: . They are not exposed to unresolved land-rights conflicts and ongoing controversies."
          • Policy applies to all companies
            All financing
            0/0.4
            Policy applies to all companies
            All financing
            0/0.4
            "We aim to ensure that the following are true of our palmoil-exposed investments: . They are not exposed to unresolved land-rights conflicts and ongoing controversies."
          • Policy applies to all stages of the supply chain
            Producers; Processors
            0/0.4
            Policy applies to all stages of the supply chain
            Producers; Processors
            0/0.4
            "We aim to ensure that the following are true of our palmoil-exposed investments: . They are not exposed to unresolved land-rights conflicts and ongoing controversies."
      • Reporting and Implementation
        5/31
        • Commitments must be timebound
          Encouraged
          2.5/5
          Commitments must be timebound
          Encouraged
          2.5/5
          "We also encourage the implementation of No Deforestation, No Peat, No Exploitation (NDPE) sourcing policies. We want to steer our investments towards setting ambitious, time-bound targets to eliminate exposure to deforestation and human/labour-rights risks."
        • Companies must disclose subsidiaries in commodity supply chains
          No
          0/4
        • Companies must disclose locations
          No
          0/4
        • Policy is reviewed and updated
          No
          0/2
        • Monitoring and non-compliance process
          No
          0/5
        • Engagement with non-compliant companies
          No
          0/5
        • Reporting on implementation of the policy
          Reports number/proportion/outcome of portfolio companies which have been engaged with on deforestation-risk or compliance with the policy/time-bound plans
          2/6
          Reporting on implementation of the policy
          Reports number/proportion/outcome of portfolio companies which have been engaged with on deforestation-risk or compliance with the policy/time-bound plans
          2/6
          Type of reporting: Total number of companies engaged
          Engagement statistics: During the quarter, we had over 500 company meetings where ESG topics were discussed. The chart below shows the percentage of meetings where ESG topics were covered. The table opposite offers examples of companies we engaged with, and on what specific ESG topics. Environment: 41%. 
        • Ethical product in portfolio
          No
    • Soy
      5/90
      • Commitment Strength
        0/31
        • Commodity-specific deforestation financing policy
          0/9.6
          • Commitment details
            No commitment
            0/8
          • Policy applies to all operations and financing
            No
            0/0.4
          • Policy applies to all deals
            No
            0/0.4
          • Policy applies to all companies
            No
            0/0.4
          • Policy applies to all stages of the supply chain
            None
            0/0.4
        • Companies must be legally operated
          0/4.6
          • Commitment details
            No commitment
            0/3
          • Policy applies to all operations and financing
            No
            0/0.4
          • Policy applies to all deals
            No
            0/0.4
          • Policy applies to all companies
            No
            0/0.4
          • Policy applies to all stages of the supply chain
            None
            0/0.4
        • Companies must monitor operations
          0/5.6
          • Commitment details
            No
            0/4
          • Policy applies to all operations and financing
            No
            0/0.4
          • Policy applies to all deals
            No
            0/0.4
          • Policy applies to all companies
            No
            0/0.4
          • Policy applies to all stages of the supply chain
            None
            0/0.4
        • Companies must conduct risk assessments
          0/5.6
          • Commitment details
            No
            0/4
          • Policy applies to all operations and financing
            No
            0/0.4
          • Policy applies to all deals
            No
            0/0.4
          • Policy applies to all companies
            No
            0/0.4
          • Policy applies to all stages of the supply chain
            None
            0/0.4
        • Companies must specify a cut-off date
          0/5.6
          • Commitment details
            No
            0/4
          • Policy applies to all operations and financing
            No
            0/0.4
          • Policy applies to all deals
            No
            0/0.4
          • Policy applies to all companies
            No
            0/0.4
          • Policy applies to all stages of the supply chain
            None
            0/0.4
      • Social Considerations
        5/27
        • Company must ensure Free, Prior and Informed Consent
          5.2/5.6
          • Commitment details
            Required
            4/4
            Commitment details
            Required
            4/4
            "At Aberdeen Standard Investments, we ask the companies in which we invest to follow best practice in three key ways. First, where local protection for the rights of indigenous peoples falls short of international standards or community expectations, companies should go beyond mere legal compliance. We expect all companies in which we invest to comply with local laws and regulations. [...] Second, companies should incorporate additional standards into their operating systems. Here, best practice includes conforming to the UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples (UNDRIP) and adopting Performance Standard 7 of the International Finance Corporation (IFC) [...] The IFC’s Performance Standard 7 requires companies to identify all indigenous communities that may be affected by their projects and to obtain free, prior and informed consent (FPIC) over land use, aiming to avoid or minimise negative impacts. Finally, we expect companies to be fully transparent about their approach and their progress."
          • Policy applies to all operations and financing
            No
            0/0.4
            Policy applies to all operations and financing
            No
            0/0.4
            Commitment applies to subsidiary website Aberdeen Standard Investments:"At Aberdeen Standard Investments, we ask the companies in which we invest to follow best practice in three key ways. First, where local protection for the rights of indigenous peoples falls short of international standards or community expectations, companies should go beyond mere legal compliance. We expect all companies in which we invest to comply with local laws and regulations. [...] Second, companies should incorporate additional standards into their operating systems. Here, best practice includes conforming to the UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples (UNDRIP) and adopting Performance Standard 7 of the International Finance Corporation (IFC) [...] The IFC’s Performance Standard 7 requires companies to identify all indigenous communities that may be affected by their projects and to obtain free, prior and informed consent (FPIC) over land use, aiming to avoid or minimise negative impacts. Finally, we expect companies to be fully transparent about their approach and their progress."
          • Policy applies to all deals
            All financing
            0.4/0.4
            Policy applies to all deals
            All financing
            0.4/0.4
            "At Aberdeen Standard Investments, we ask the companies in which we invest to follow best practice in three key ways. First, where local protection for the rights of indigenous peoples falls short of international standards or community expectations, companies should go beyond mere legal compliance. We expect all companies in which we invest to comply with local laws and regulations. [...] Second, companies should incorporate additional standards into their operating systems. Here, best practice includes conforming to the UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples (UNDRIP) and adopting Performance Standard 7 of the International Finance Corporation (IFC) [...] The IFC’s Performance Standard 7 requires companies to identify all indigenous communities that may be affected by their projects and to obtain free, prior and informed consent (FPIC) over land use, aiming to avoid or minimise negative impacts. Finally, we expect companies to be fully transparent about their approach and their progress."
          • Policy applies to all companies
            All financing
            0.4/0.4
            Policy applies to all companies
            All financing
            0.4/0.4
            "At Aberdeen Standard Investments, we ask the companies in which we invest to follow best practice in three key ways. First, where local protection for the rights of indigenous peoples falls short of international standards or community expectations, companies should go beyond mere legal compliance. We expect all companies in which we invest to comply with local laws and regulations. [...] Second, companies should incorporate additional standards into their operating systems. Here, best practice includes conforming to the UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples (UNDRIP) and adopting Performance Standard 7 of the International Finance Corporation (IFC) [...] The IFC’s Performance Standard 7 requires companies to identify all indigenous communities that may be affected by their projects and to obtain free, prior and informed consent (FPIC) over land use, aiming to avoid or minimise negative impacts. Finally, we expect companies to be fully transparent about their approach and their progress."
          • Policy applies to all stages of the supply chain
            Producers; Processors; Traders; Manufacturers; Retailers
            0.4/0.4
            Policy applies to all stages of the supply chain
            Producers; Processors; Traders; Manufacturers; Retailers
            0.4/0.4
            "At Aberdeen Standard Investments, we ask the companies in which we invest to follow best practice in three key ways. First, where local protection for the rights of indigenous peoples falls short of international standards or community expectations, companies should go beyond mere legal compliance. We expect all companies in which we invest to comply with local laws and regulations. [...] Second, companies should incorporate additional standards into their operating systems. Here, best practice includes conforming to the UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples (UNDRIP) and adopting Performance Standard 7 of the International Finance Corporation (IFC) [...] The IFC’s Performance Standard 7 requires companies to identify all indigenous communities that may be affected by their projects and to obtain free, prior and informed consent (FPIC) over land use, aiming to avoid or minimise negative impacts. Finally, we expect companies to be fully transparent about their approach and their progress."
        • Companies must have a grievance mechanism
          0/5.6
          • Commitment details
            No
            0/4
          • Policy applies to all operations and financing
            No
            0/0.4
          • Policy applies to all deals
            No
            0/0.4
          • Policy applies to all companies
            No
            0/0.4
          • Policy applies to all stages of the supply chain
            None
            0/0.4
        • Company must respect labour rights
          0/5.6
          • Commitment details
            No
            0/4
          • Policy applies to all operations and financing
            No
            0/0.4
          • Policy applies to all deals
            No
            0/0.4
          • Policy applies to all companies
            No
            0/0.4
          • Policy applies to all stages of the supply chain
            None
            0/0.4
        • Company must address gender equality issues
          0/5.6
          • Commitment details
            No
            0/4
          • Policy applies to all operations and financing
            No
            0/0.4
          • Policy applies to all deals
            No
            0/0.4
          • Policy applies to all companies
            No
            0/0.4
          • Policy applies to all stages of the supply chain
            None
            0/0.4
        • Companies must encourage the inclusion of small-scale farmers
          0/5.6
          • Commitment details
            No
            0/4
          • Policy applies to all operations and financing
            No
            0/0.4
          • Policy applies to all deals
            No
            0/0.4
          • Policy applies to all companies
            No
            0/0.4
          • Policy applies to all stages of the supply chain
            None
            0/0.4
        • Companies must resolve land conflicts
          0/1.6
          • Commitment details
            No
          • Policy applies to all operations and financing
            No
            0/0.4
          • Policy applies to all deals
            No
            0/0.4
          • Policy applies to all companies
            No
            0/0.4
          • Policy applies to all stages of the supply chain
            None
            0/0.4
      • Reporting and Implementation
        0/31
        • Commitments must be timebound
          No
          0/5
        • Companies must disclose subsidiaries in commodity supply chains
          No
          0/4
        • Companies must disclose locations
          No
          0/4
        • Policy is reviewed and updated
          No
          0/2
        • Monitoring and non-compliance process
          No
          0/5
        • Engagement with non-compliant companies
          No
          0/5
        • Reporting on implementation of the policy
          No
          0/6
        • Ethical product in portfolio
          No
    • Timber, Pulp & Paper
      5/90
      • Commitment Strength
        0/31
        • Commodity-specific deforestation financing policy
          0/9.6
          • Commitment details
            No commitment
            0/8
          • Policy applies to all operations and financing
            No
            0/0.4
          • Policy applies to all deals
            No
            0/0.4
          • Policy applies to all companies
            No
            0/0.4
          • Policy applies to all stages of the supply chain
            None
            0/0.4
        • Companies must be legally operated
          0/4.6
          • Commitment details
            No commitment
            0/3
          • Policy applies to all operations and financing
            No
            0/0.4
          • Policy applies to all deals
            No
            0/0.4
          • Policy applies to all companies
            No
            0/0.4
          • Policy applies to all stages of the supply chain
            None
            0/0.4
        • Companies must monitor operations
          0/5.6
          • Commitment details
            No
            0/4
          • Policy applies to all operations and financing
            No
            0/0.4
          • Policy applies to all deals
            No
            0/0.4
          • Policy applies to all companies
            No
            0/0.4
          • Policy applies to all stages of the supply chain
            None
            0/0.4
        • Companies must conduct risk assessments
          0/5.6
          • Commitment details
            No
            0/4
          • Policy applies to all operations and financing
            No
            0/0.4
          • Policy applies to all deals
            No
            0/0.4
          • Policy applies to all companies
            No
            0/0.4
          • Policy applies to all stages of the supply chain
            None
            0/0.4
        • Companies must specify a cut-off date
          0/5.6
          • Commitment details
            No
            0/4
          • Policy applies to all operations and financing
            No
            0/0.4
          • Policy applies to all deals
            No
            0/0.4
          • Policy applies to all companies
            No
            0/0.4
          • Policy applies to all stages of the supply chain
            None
            0/0.4
      • Social Considerations
        5/27
        • Company must ensure Free, Prior and Informed Consent
          5.2/5.6
          • Commitment details
            Required
            4/4
            Commitment details
            Required
            4/4
            "At Aberdeen Standard Investments, we ask the companies in which we invest to follow best practice in three key ways. First, where local protection for the rights of indigenous peoples falls short of international standards or community expectations, companies should go beyond mere legal compliance. We expect all companies in which we invest to comply with local laws and regulations. [...] Second, companies should incorporate additional standards into their operating systems. Here, best practice includes conforming to the UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples (UNDRIP) and adopting Performance Standard 7 of the International Finance Corporation (IFC) [...] The IFC’s Performance Standard 7 requires companies to identify all indigenous communities that may be affected by their projects and to obtain free, prior and informed consent (FPIC) over land use, aiming to avoid or minimise negative impacts. Finally, we expect companies to be fully transparent about their approach and their progress."
          • Policy applies to all operations and financing
            No
            0/0.4
            Policy applies to all operations and financing
            No
            0/0.4
            Commitment applies to subsidiary website Aberdeen Standard Investments:"At Aberdeen Standard Investments, we ask the companies in which we invest to follow best practice in three key ways. First, where local protection for the rights of indigenous peoples falls short of international standards or community expectations, companies should go beyond mere legal compliance. We expect all companies in which we invest to comply with local laws and regulations. [...] Second, companies should incorporate additional standards into their operating systems. Here, best practice includes conforming to the UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples (UNDRIP) and adopting Performance Standard 7 of the International Finance Corporation (IFC) [...] The IFC’s Performance Standard 7 requires companies to identify all indigenous communities that may be affected by their projects and to obtain free, prior and informed consent (FPIC) over land use, aiming to avoid or minimise negative impacts. Finally, we expect companies to be fully transparent about their approach and their progress."
          • Policy applies to all deals
            All financing
            0.4/0.4
            Policy applies to all deals
            All financing
            0.4/0.4
            "At Aberdeen Standard Investments, we ask the companies in which we invest to follow best practice in three key ways. First, where local protection for the rights of indigenous peoples falls short of international standards or community expectations, companies should go beyond mere legal compliance. We expect all companies in which we invest to comply with local laws and regulations. [...] Second, companies should incorporate additional standards into their operating systems. Here, best practice includes conforming to the UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples (UNDRIP) and adopting Performance Standard 7 of the International Finance Corporation (IFC) [...] The IFC’s Performance Standard 7 requires companies to identify all indigenous communities that may be affected by their projects and to obtain free, prior and informed consent (FPIC) over land use, aiming to avoid or minimise negative impacts. Finally, we expect companies to be fully transparent about their approach and their progress."
          • Policy applies to all companies
            All financing
            0.4/0.4
            Policy applies to all companies
            All financing
            0.4/0.4
            "At Aberdeen Standard Investments, we ask the companies in which we invest to follow best practice in three key ways. First, where local protection for the rights of indigenous peoples falls short of international standards or community expectations, companies should go beyond mere legal compliance. We expect all companies in which we invest to comply with local laws and regulations. [...] Second, companies should incorporate additional standards into their operating systems. Here, best practice includes conforming to the UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples (UNDRIP) and adopting Performance Standard 7 of the International Finance Corporation (IFC) [...] The IFC’s Performance Standard 7 requires companies to identify all indigenous communities that may be affected by their projects and to obtain free, prior and informed consent (FPIC) over land use, aiming to avoid or minimise negative impacts. Finally, we expect companies to be fully transparent about their approach and their progress."
          • Policy applies to all stages of the supply chain
            Producers; Processors; Traders; Manufacturers; Retailers
            0.4/0.4
            Policy applies to all stages of the supply chain
            Producers; Processors; Traders; Manufacturers; Retailers
            0.4/0.4
            "At Aberdeen Standard Investments, we ask the companies in which we invest to follow best practice in three key ways. First, where local protection for the rights of indigenous peoples falls short of international standards or community expectations, companies should go beyond mere legal compliance. We expect all companies in which we invest to comply with local laws and regulations. [...] Second, companies should incorporate additional standards into their operating systems. Here, best practice includes conforming to the UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples (UNDRIP) and adopting Performance Standard 7 of the International Finance Corporation (IFC) [...] The IFC’s Performance Standard 7 requires companies to identify all indigenous communities that may be affected by their projects and to obtain free, prior and informed consent (FPIC) over land use, aiming to avoid or minimise negative impacts. Finally, we expect companies to be fully transparent about their approach and their progress."
        • Companies must have a grievance mechanism
          0/5.6
          • Commitment details
            No
            0/4
          • Policy applies to all operations and financing
            No
            0/0.4
          • Policy applies to all deals
            No
            0/0.4
          • Policy applies to all companies
            No
            0/0.4
          • Policy applies to all stages of the supply chain
            None
            0/0.4
        • Company must respect labour rights
          0/5.6
          • Commitment details
            No
            0/4
          • Policy applies to all operations and financing
            No
            0/0.4
          • Policy applies to all deals
            No
            0/0.4
          • Policy applies to all companies
            No
            0/0.4
          • Policy applies to all stages of the supply chain
            None
            0/0.4
        • Company must address gender equality issues
          0/5.6
          • Commitment details
            No
            0/4
          • Policy applies to all operations and financing
            No
            0/0.4
          • Policy applies to all deals
            No
            0/0.4
          • Policy applies to all companies
            No
            0/0.4
          • Policy applies to all stages of the supply chain
            None
            0/0.4
        • Companies must encourage the inclusion of small-scale farmers
          0/5.6
          • Commitment details
            No
            0/4
          • Policy applies to all operations and financing
            No
            0/0.4
          • Policy applies to all deals
            No
            0/0.4
          • Policy applies to all companies
            No
            0/0.4
          • Policy applies to all stages of the supply chain
            None
            0/0.4
        • Companies must resolve land conflicts
          0/1.6
          • Commitment details
            No
          • Policy applies to all operations and financing
            No
            0/0.4
          • Policy applies to all deals
            No
            0/0.4
          • Policy applies to all companies
            No
            0/0.4
          • Policy applies to all stages of the supply chain
            None
            0/0.4
      • Reporting and Implementation
        0/31
        • Commitments must be timebound
          No
          0/5
        • Companies must disclose subsidiaries in commodity supply chains
          No
          0/4
        • Companies must disclose locations
          No
          0/4
        • Policy is reviewed and updated
          No
          0/2
        • Monitoring and non-compliance process
          No
          0/5
        • Engagement with non-compliant companies
          No
          0/5
        • Reporting on implementation of the policy
          No
          0/6
        • Ethical product in portfolio
          No
  • Commitment strength
    2/31
    Avg. score
  • Reporting and Implementation
    1/31
    Avg. score
  • Social considerations
    5/28
    Avg. score

Profile

Aberdeen Asset management are a global asset management company headquartered in the UK, serving private and institutional clients and external investment advisors. Their services cover equities, fixed income, quantitative, property and hedge fund investments. As of 2017, Aberdeen Asset Management have over 395 billion USD in assets under management. They are also among the top shareholders for Forest 500 companies.

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How we assess the Forest 500

Investors and lenders need to adopt and implement strong deforestation policies that ensure their investments are not funding the destruction of forests.

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