Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) is an area of increasing focus for investors as well as current and prospective employees. As a firm we are committed to doing things the right way and making a positive impact across a number of fronts.
At the heart of everything we do is a set of core values shared by every employee for over 20 years. These values define who we are and how we engage and interact, not only with our clients and our people, but also with our business partners, the local community, the environment, the financial markets and society at large.
Aspect is committed to treating its employees fairly and with respect, providing a collegiate and challenging working environment in which equal opportunities are provided to all and achievement is fairly rewarded regardless of gender, race, religion, sexuality or social background.
“While gender parity has been an area of focus, we see diversity going much further, looking beyond gender to address cultural and social diversity”
Anthony Todd, Chief Executive Officer
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Aspect actively and meaningfully supports charitable causes and not-for-profit groups operating in the UK and around the world. We encourage all employees to do the same. Our Charity Committee is made up entirely of employees and leads the firm's fundraising activity for our charitable partners.
Every year, Aspect’s employees vote for our Charity of the Year. Throughout the year, we then organise a number of social and sporting events to raise awareness and funds for these incredible causes. From ping pong tournaments and selling home grown vegetables to Santa runs and triathlons, everyone can help!
Employees often volunteer their time and effort to causes close to their heart. Our Charity Committee, recently spent a day at Fareshare in London to help redistribute surplus food to charities that turn it into meals.
Aspect has been committed to supporting a range of ongoing causes since the inception of the business. We encourage employees to get involved with charities they feel passionate about.
Aspect is proud to play an active and positive role in the communities within which we operate.
Yuan and Julie are among employees who give their time to support The Access Project. They teach Maths and French respectively to bright students from disadvantaged backgrounds, providing in-school support and personalised tuition to help the students gain access to top universities.
RedStart aims to put young people in control of their finances, and give them the skills to manage their financial futures. We have been pleased to host a number of sessions.
"All the groups absolutely loved the sessions. The activities were fun and engaging and the context was very motivating for the children. Some valuable money lessons were definitely learnt!"
Louise Foulkes, Teacher at Coleridge Primary School
We engage with a range of local initiatives and are always looking for ways to share our expertise with local schools, businesses and charities.
We aim to incorporate environmental, social and governance factors into our investment decisions where appropriate to do so, and continuously seek to minimise our impact on the financial markets in which we operate.
Aspect is a proud signatory of the UN Principles of Responsible Investment. The PRI defines responsible investment as a strategy and practice to incorporate environmental, social and governance (ESG) factors in investment decisions and active ownership. Read our Responsible Investment policy here.
“As institutional investors, we have a duty to act in the best long-term interests of our beneficiaries. In this fiduciary role, we believe that ESG issues can affect the performance of our investment portfolios and that we can better align investors with broader objectives of society”
Anthony Todd, Chief Executive Officer
We view our responsibilities as a corporate entity as being intertwined with our responsibilities as an investor. Listen to Rosie Reynolds, Chief Commercial Officer, on social responsibility and sustainable investing.
Aspect is committed to adhering fully with all rules, regulations and codes of conduct to which it is subject, and where appropriate will act as a standard-setter in complying with applicable voluntary codes and industry best-practice.
Modern slavery means offences of servitude, slavery, forced or compulsory labour and human trafficking. Aspect does not tolerate these activities in any part of its own business or its supply chain. Read our statement here.
As part of our governance board, our two independent non-executive directors provide support for executive directors on key business issues as well as reviewing and challenging the strategic direction of the company.
Aspect firmly believes in respecting the environment and proactively seeks to reduce its environmental impact. We aim to offset all carbon emissions generated by the firm's travel, including the commutes of employees. Each year an emissions offsetting budget is calculated and an employee vote is held to decide which projects will be supported via Gold Standard. Employees are also encouraged to play their part by recycling, avoiding unnecessary printing or by using our reusable mugs, lunch boxes and shopping bags for their daily trips to the local shops.
We support Baker Street Quarter, our local business improvement district (BID) who aim to help local businesses to implement collective environmental initiatives such as a shared recycling programme which helps to reduce traffic and emissions in the area.
Aspect uses Gold Standard to allocate an emissions budget to a range of projects. Gold Standard was established to ensure projects that reduced carbon emissions featured the highest levels of environmental integrity and also contributed to sustainable development. In 2020, employees voted to invest the annual emissions budget in a selection of projects, spread across a range of environmental and community based initiatives.
Ed Davey, Director at the World Resources Institute, presents 'Stories to Watch 2020' to Aspect staff in the Hub. He talked through the need for collective action to tackle the problems facing the Ocean, Biodiversity and Climate Change during the next decade.