Sustainability news - August 2017

We’re helping young people find sustainable careers at ‘Get Hired’

We continued to tackle youth unemployment with a Get Hired match-making day in London for young people looking for work and businesses looking for talented recruits. The day of speed-dating style recruitment included interviews and networking. Get Hired started three years ago following a pilot funded by Standard Life Charitable Trust and run by the Princes Trust. With its success and our support the programme is now being launched across the UK.

Our new Armed Forces impact report

Standard Life signed the Armed Forces Covenant in 2013, which is a voluntary pledge to demonstrate support for the Armed Forces. Since then we've taken action to break down barriers to employment, launched an Armed Forces Network and supported community initiatives with charity partners such as Poppyscotland and SkillForce. Our report highlights these activities and the value people from the Armed Forces community bring to businesses.

We’re driving transparency of workforce data

We are part of a coalition of 79 asset managers who have signed the new Workforce Disclosure Initiative (WDI) set up by ShareAction, the responsible investment organisation. The WDI asks the world’s largest companies for data on their labour practices including staff on permanent contracts and minimum wages in order to identify workforces that are vulnerable to financial risk.