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  • Overall approach
    4/16
    • Overarching commitment on deforestation
      4/14
      Deforestation commitment
      Understanding of the risks
      4/14
      "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."
    • Company must have anti-corruption policy
      0/2
  • Commodity score
    11/64
    • Beef & Leather
      6/64
      • Commitment Strength
        0/42
        • Commodity-specific financing policy
          0/9.6
          • Commitment details
            No
            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
          0/5.6
          • 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 protect priority forests or globally important landscapes
          0/9.6
          • Commitment details
            No
            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
        • Assurance mechanism to ensure compliance
          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 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
        • Commitments must be timebound
          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
        6/22
        • Company must ensure Free, Prior and Informed Consent
          5.6/5.6
          • Commitment details
            Yes - Require
            4/4
            Commitment details
            Yes - Require
            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
            All
            0.4/0.4
            Policy applies to all operations and financing
            All
            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 deals
            All
            0.4/0.4
            Policy applies to all deals
            All
            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
            0.4/0.4
            Policy applies to all companies
            All
            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."
        • 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
    • Palm oil
      29/64
      • Commitment Strength
        24/42
        • Commodity-specific financing policy
          9/9.6
          • Commitment details
            Yes
            8/8
            Commitment details
            Yes
            8/8
            Type of policy: Zero net deforestation
            "We aim to ensure that the following are true of our palm-oil-exposed investments: • They are not exposed to unresolved land-rights conflicts and ongoing controversies. • They have achieved or are committed to achieving RSPO/ ISPO or other internationally recognised certification. • They are able to prove the legality of their operations and have complied with all laws and standards. • They have undertaken environmental-impact assessments."
          • 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 not exposed to unresolved land-rights conflicts and ongoing controversies. • They have achieved or are committed to achieving RSPO/ ISPO or other internationally recognised certification. • They are able to prove the legality of their operations and have complied with all laws and standards. • They have undertaken environmental-impact assessments."
          • Policy applies to all deals
            All
            0.4/0.4
            Policy applies to all deals
            All
            0.4/0.4
            "We aim to ensure that the following are true of our palm-oil-exposed investments: • They are not exposed to unresolved land-rights conflicts and ongoing controversies. • They have achieved or are committed to achieving RSPO/ ISPO or other internationally recognised certification. • They are able to prove the legality of their operations and have complied with all laws and standards. • They have undertaken environmental-impact assessments."
          • Policy applies to all companies
            All
            0.4/0.4
            Policy applies to all companies
            All
            0.4/0.4
            "We aim to ensure that the following are true of our palm-oil-exposed investments: • They are not exposed to unresolved land-rights conflicts and ongoing controversies. • They have achieved or are committed to achieving RSPO/ ISPO or other internationally recognised certification. • They are able to prove the legality of their operations and have complied with all laws and standards. • They have undertaken environmental-impact assessments."
          • 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 not exposed to unresolved land-rights conflicts and ongoing controversies. • They have achieved or are committed to achieving RSPO/ ISPO or other internationally recognised certification. • They are able to prove the legality of their operations and have complied with all laws and standards. • They have undertaken environmental-impact assessments."
        • Companies must be legally operated
          2/5.6
          • Commitment details
            Own operations - Encourage
            1/4
            Commitment details
            Own operations - Encourage
            1/4
            "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 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
            0.4/0.4
            Policy applies to all deals
            All
            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
            0.4/0.4
            Policy applies to all companies
            All
            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 protect priority forests or globally important landscapes
          5.2/9.6
          • Commitment details
            Primary/Intact/Natural/HCV/HCS - Encouraged
            4/8
            Commitment details
            Primary/Intact/Natural/HCV/HCS - Encouraged
            4/8
            "We encourage membership and certification of the Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil (RSPO) and Indonesian Sustainable Palm Oil (ISPO). Reputational and financial losses can occur if an investment is found not to meet the standards required by its membership of an organisation. 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."
          • Policy applies to all operations and financing
            No
            0/0.4
            Policy applies to all operations and financing
            No
            0/0.4
            "We encourage membership and certification of the Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil (RSPO) and Indonesian Sustainable Palm Oil (ISPO). Reputational and financial losses can occur if an investment is found not to meet the standards required by its membership of an organisation. 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."
          • Policy applies to all deals
            All
            0.4/0.4
            Policy applies to all deals
            All
            0.4/0.4
            "We encourage membership and certification of the Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil (RSPO) and Indonesian Sustainable Palm Oil (ISPO). Reputational and financial losses can occur if an investment is found not to meet the standards required by its membership of an organisation. 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."
          • Policy applies to all companies
            All
            0.4/0.4
            Policy applies to all companies
            All
            0.4/0.4
            "We encourage membership and certification of the Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil (RSPO) and Indonesian Sustainable Palm Oil (ISPO). Reputational and financial losses can occur if an investment is found not to meet the standards required by its membership of an organisation. 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."
          • 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
            "We encourage membership and certification of the Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil (RSPO) and Indonesian Sustainable Palm Oil (ISPO). Reputational and financial losses can occur if an investment is found not to meet the standards required by its membership of an organisation. 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."
        • Assurance mechanism to ensure compliance
          3.2/5.6
          • Commitment details
            Encourage
            2/4
            Commitment details
            Encourage
            2/4
            Certification scheme (if applicable): RSPO

            Verification method: Certification Scheme
            "We encourage membership and certification of the Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil (RSPO) and Indonesian Sustainable Palm Oil (ISPO). Reputational and financial losses can occur if an investment is found not to meet the standards required by its membership of an organisation. 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."
          • Policy applies to all operations and financing
            No
            0/0.4
            Policy applies to all operations and financing
            No
            0/0.4
            "We encourage membership and certification of the Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil (RSPO) and Indonesian Sustainable Palm Oil (ISPO). Reputational and financial losses can occur if an investment is found not to meet the standards required by its membership of an organisation. 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."
          • Policy applies to all deals
            All
            0.4/0.4
            Policy applies to all deals
            All
            0.4/0.4
            "We encourage membership and certification of the Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil (RSPO) and Indonesian Sustainable Palm Oil (ISPO). Reputational and financial losses can occur if an investment is found not to meet the standards required by its membership of an organisation. 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."
          • Policy applies to all companies
            All
            0.4/0.4
            Policy applies to all companies
            All
            0.4/0.4
            "We encourage membership and certification of the Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil (RSPO) and Indonesian Sustainable Palm Oil (ISPO). Reputational and financial losses can occur if an investment is found not to meet the standards required by its membership of an organisation. 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."
          • 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
            "We encourage membership and certification of the Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil (RSPO) and Indonesian Sustainable Palm Oil (ISPO). Reputational and financial losses can occur if an investment is found not to meet the standards required by its membership of an organisation. 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 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
        • Commitments must be timebound
          5/5.6
          • Commitment details
            Require
            4/4
            Commitment details
            Require
            4/4
            Type of policy: Compliance is prerequisite for financing
            "We aim to ensure that the following are true of our palm-oil-exposed investments: • They are not exposed to unresolved land-rights conflicts and ongoing controversies. • They have achieved or are committed to achieving RSPO/ ISPO or other internationally recognised certification. • They are able to prove the legality of their operations and have complied with all laws and standards. • They have undertaken environmental-impact assessments."
          • 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 not exposed to unresolved land-rights conflicts and ongoing controversies. • They have achieved or are committed to achieving RSPO/ ISPO or other internationally recognised certification. • They are able to prove the legality of their operations and have complied with all laws and standards. • They have undertaken environmental-impact assessments."
          • Policy applies to all deals
            All
            0.4/0.4
            Policy applies to all deals
            All
            0.4/0.4
            "We aim to ensure that the following are true of our palm-oil-exposed investments: • They are not exposed to unresolved land-rights conflicts and ongoing controversies. • They have achieved or are committed to achieving RSPO/ ISPO or other internationally recognised certification. • They are able to prove the legality of their operations and have complied with all laws and standards. • They have undertaken environmental-impact assessments."
          • Policy applies to all companies
            All
            0.4/0.4
            Policy applies to all companies
            All
            0.4/0.4
            "We aim to ensure that the following are true of our palm-oil-exposed investments: • They are not exposed to unresolved land-rights conflicts and ongoing controversies. • They have achieved or are committed to achieving RSPO/ ISPO or other internationally recognised certification. • They are able to prove the legality of their operations and have complied with all laws and standards. • They have undertaken environmental-impact assessments."
          • 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 not exposed to unresolved land-rights conflicts and ongoing controversies. • They have achieved or are committed to achieving RSPO/ ISPO or other internationally recognised certification. • They are able to prove the legality of their operations and have complied with all laws and standards. • They have undertaken environmental-impact assessments."
      • Social Considerations
        5/22
        • Company must ensure Free, Prior and Informed Consent
          5.2/5.6
          • Commitment details
            Yes - Require
            4/4
            Commitment details
            Yes - Require
            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
            "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
            0.4/0.4
            Policy applies to all deals
            All
            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
            0.4/0.4
            Policy applies to all companies
            All
            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."
        • 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
    • Soy
      5/64
      • Commitment Strength
        0/42
        • Commodity-specific financing policy
          0/9.6
          • Commitment details
            No
            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
          0/5.6
          • 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 protect priority forests or globally important landscapes
          0/9.6
          • Commitment details
            No
            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
        • Assurance mechanism to ensure compliance
          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 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
        • Commitments must be timebound
          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
        5/22
        • Company must ensure Free, Prior and Informed Consent
          5.2/5.6
          • Commitment details
            Yes - Require
            4/4
            Commitment details
            Yes - Require
            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
            "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
            0.4/0.4
            Policy applies to all deals
            All
            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
            0.4/0.4
            Policy applies to all companies
            All
            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."
        • 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
    • Timber, Pulp & Paper
      5/64
      • Commitment Strength
        0/42
        • Commodity-specific financing policy
          0/9.6
          • Commitment details
            No
            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
          0/5.6
          • 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 protect priority forests or globally important landscapes
          0/9.6
          • Commitment details
            No
            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
        • Assurance mechanism to ensure compliance
          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 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
        • Commitments must be timebound
          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
        5/22
        • Company must ensure Free, Prior and Informed Consent
          5/5.6
          • Commitment details
            Yes - Require
            4/4
            Commitment details
            Yes - Require
            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
            "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
            0.4/0.4
            Policy applies to all deals
            All
            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
            0.4/0.4
            Policy applies to all companies
            All
            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
            0.2/0.4
            Policy applies to all stages of the supply chain
            Producers; Processors
            0.2/0.4
            "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."
        • 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
  • Reporting & Implementation
    5/20
    • Policy is reviewed and updated
      0/5
    • Companies must disclose subsidiaries in commodity supply chains
      0/5
    • Monitoring and non-compliance process
      0/5
    • Reporting on implementation of the policy
      5/5
      Reporting
      Yes - Annually
      5/5
      "ESG Quarterly ReportOur Sustainable Development Equity strategies will follow a fundamental, bottom-up investment research process in which ESG analysis and company engagement are integral parts of our assessment of the investment potential of all companies."
  • Commitment strength
    6/42
    Avg. score
  • Social considerations
    5/22
    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 50 shareholders for Forest 500 companies, with more than 8 billion USD worth of shares.

HQ
HQ 
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Financial institution type
Financial institution type 
Asset management

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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