Our inclusive culture

An inclusive and uniting culture will be central to delivering our vision of being a world-class investment company and to achieve our purpose of investing for a better future: to make a difference to our clients, the lives of our customers, our people and our shareholders.

Standard Life Aberdeen is committed to diversity and inclusion in the broadest sense. We lead with inclusion because people perform better when they can be themselves. Creating this inclusive environment is a team effort.

It requires strong support from leaders, who also enable their people to take a lead. Inclusion is about everyone.

Keith Skeoch, CEO

We are passionate about our purpose to invest for a better future: to make a difference to our clients, the lives of our customers, our people and our shareholders. An inclusive and uniting culture will be central to delivering on this purpose and our vision of being a world-class investment company. It is also a priority for regulators, competitors and our customers and clients. The right culture will create a business that we can all feel proud to be part of. It will help us to work and innovate together to deliver our strategic objectives.

From day one, you’ll contribute to our ambitions of forming a world-class asset management company. You will be given real work with tangible outputs.

This takes cooperation and collaboration across all levels of our business. You’ll find your teammates and colleagues are there to help you settle in, to get your perspective on things, and to help push you towards achieving your personal goals too.

The most surprising thing has definitely been the friendly, supportive and inclusive culture. The people are welcoming and approachable; enabling graduates to learn and develop in a collaborative way.  With my recent move to the city of Edinburgh, the friendly work atmosphere and various networks at my disposable have allowed me to settle in well and enjoy all that Edinburgh has to offer.

Eimear McKeown

Following our merger in 2017, it was clear that both Aberdeen Asset Management and Standard Life had a long-term commitment to building inclusive workplaces. As a global and diverse business, together we have more opportunity than ever before.

Driven by the view that diversity is better for us, better for our clients and customers and better for business, we’ve outlined our vision for how we will work together to achieve a more inclusive environment.

This vision will guide our efforts over the next three to five years. The aim is to create a place for everyone and ensure we stay relevant in an increasingly diverse world.

We’re proud of our progress at Standard Life Aberdeen, but we won’t shy away from the challenge ahead. Our industry isn’t as inclusive as it should be.

We can do better to represent the communities we serve and leading change will need all of us to do our bit. It means bringing new voices, backgrounds and experiences into our business; addressing the biases that can influence our decisions, and unleashing the power of diversity of thought and a workplace made for everyone.

The start of that journey begins with a request: to listen, to be courageous and to think big.

Because this can only come to life when we take action together – with each other, our partners, our customers, our clients and our stakeholders – in our industry and in our markets around the world. It’s simple: when we celebrate our differences, we’ll be a place where we can be ourselves

Read more about our approach in the inclusion and diversity section and our diversity strategy, 'Our vision for an inclusive future'

Having a diverse audience listening to diverse thoughts and ideas helps our journey as a business.

Sarah Mbanaso