Volunteering and charitable donations

Standard Life Aberdeen operates in partnership with charities in the local communities in which we operate, nationally in the UK, and globally with a focus on emerging markets. Our funding is directed to have a meaningful and measurable impact that aligns with the strategic interest of our business. We deliberately seek partnerships that engage our employees and provide an opportunity for them to use their time and skills to create additional value. In support of this, we provide paid volunteering leave to our people.

Standard Life charity partners

Standard Life partners with charities that focus on building skills, confidence and experience which help break down barriers that people may face when gaining employment or understanding finances.

The Standard Life current national charity partners are:

Standard Life's total charitable contribution in 2016

This total is made up of - time given to the community, raise and match, Standard Life Charitable Trust and Fund, donation of equipment and services and our employability scheme funding – (Prince’s Trust, SkillForce and Tomorrows People)

Aberdeen Charitable Foundation

The Foundation was launched in 2012 and seeks partnerships with smaller charities around the world enabling us to give back to communities in which our employees live and work. Each year charities from emerging markets and local communities can apply for grants and support from the Foundation.

The foundation’s current charity partners include:

  • Afrikids - a child rights organisation in Ghana
  • ChildHope - helping children living and working on the streets of Africa, Asia and South America.
  • The Karen Hilltribes Trust helps the marginalised Karen people of Thailand to build a sustainable future
  • Build On helps poor rural communities build schools.

Aberdeen Asset Management's total charitable contribution to 30 September 2016

This is up from £1.6m in 2015 and £1.6m in 2014. It includes donations made by the Foundation (£0.9m), the Group (£1.2m) and GAYE employer contributions (£0.3m) but excludes unspent contributions made by PLC to the Foundation