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This fund targets capital growth by investing mostly in international companies. It is run with an ethical overlay, making it suitable for clients who prefer to invest in socially responsible companies. Aberdeen's global equities team select stocks from amongst Aberdeen’s regional portfolios, then eliminate those that fail its ethical screens, e.g. those involved in gambling or tobacco, before forming the portfolio. The fund's ethical approach can be described as mid green, i.e. fairly strict.

  • Standard Initial Charge 0.00%
  • Initial charge via Bestinvest 0.00%

Fund summary

Sector Global
Structure OEIC
Launched May, 1999
Size £163m
Yield 0.2%
Charging basis Income
Dividends paid 30 Apr, 31 Oct


Standard initial charge 0.00%
Initial charge via Bestinvest 0.00%
Additional bid/offer spread 0.00%
Annual management charge 1.00%
Ongoing charges figure 1.14%


Before investing make sure you have understood the risks relevant to the fund by reviewing our Risk Warnings section. Further information on the risks are contained in the fund's Key Investor Information Document, which we make available to you before you make a decision to invest, alternatively it is available on request.

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Allocation Proportion(%)
Equity 98
High yield bonds 0
Quality bonds 0
Property 0
Commodities 0
Hedge 0
Fund cash 2
Allocation Proportion(%)
UK 5
Europe 13
North America 44
Japan 7
Pacific 20
Emerging Markets 11
Allocation Proportion(%)
Large Caps 81
Mid Caps 18
Small Caps 1

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Investment process

The fund aims to achieve long term capital growth by investing in a portfolio of international equities that meet Aberdeen's ethical and socially responsible criteria. The portfolio is constructed from a buylist of stocks held by Aberdeen's regional equity teams, so companies held will share the characteristics of other Aberdeen portfolios: straightforward businesses with quality management and strong balance sheets. However, stocks are also screened for both positive and negative SRI criteria, including environmental, social and corporate governance considerations. Companies are automatically excluded if they: have a history of discrimination, harassment, or poor health & safety; derive more than 10% annual turnover from gambling, tobacco, alcohol, military activity, nuclear power or weapons sales; derive more than 5% annual turnover from pornography; have a history of poor business practices; significantly contribute to environmental problems; and companies that operate in countries with poor human rights records. Aberdeen also excludes all companies that feature on the Norwegian Government Pension Fund (NBIM) Exclusion list. Positive criteria include donating time, effort and money to community projects; and companies with solid corporate governance policies.

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Bid price(inc) 262.18p
Accum units 375.36p
Fund commentary 28/10/15
Fund data updated on 14/05/21

Asset allocation

Allocation Proportion(%)
Equity 98
High yield bonds 0
Quality bonds 0
Property 0
Commodities 0
Hedge 0
Fund cash 2

Equity Geographic

Allocation Proportion(%)
UK 5
Europe 13
North America 44
Japan 7
Pacific 20
Emerging Markets 11

Equity Capitalisation

Allocation Propor
Large Caps 81
Mid Caps 18
Small Caps 1

Top 10 holdings

As at: 31/07/2020
4% Microsoft Corp
3.8% Visa Inc
3.5% Taiwan Semiconductor Co
3.3% Alphabet Inc
3.3% Aia Group Ltd
3% Housing Development Finance Corp
3% Autodesk Inc
2.8% Tjx Cos Inc
2.7% Aveva Group
2.7% Cme Group Inc
Source: Trustnet

Sector breakdown

Information Technology 27%
Financials 20%
Industrials 17%
Consumer Discretionary 12%
Consumer Staples 6%
Communications 5%
Real Estate 4%
Mutual Funds 3%
Energy 2%
Health Care 2%

Portfolio details

This fund holds 40 to 60 stocks. As at 31/08/2015: 47 holdings, 34% North America, 19% Europe, 18% Asia Pacific, 16% UK, 7% Emerging Markets, 6% Japan


Max. stock weight 5%. There are no fixed country or sector limits.
The portfolio usually has very little commonality with the benchmark and so performance can be expected to differ markedly on occasions.

Average monthly relative returns Bestinvest MRI
16/17 17/18 18/19 19/20 20/21   3 years 5 years Career 3 years 5 years Career
-0.14% 0.06% -0.30% -0.03% 0.06%   -0.09% -0.07% -0.12% 55.60% 62.60% 54.80%
Performance figures are based on the average of monthly percentage returns relative to the benchmark index.

Aberdeen SRI Team

Manager. Stephen Docherty has been head of global equities at Aberdeen since 2002, managing a team of 14 including fund managers, analysts and SRI researchers. He joined the company in 1994, having previously worked for Abbey National's Department of Actuarial Services within the Life Division. Docherty graduated with a BSc (Hons) in Mathematics and Statistics from the University of Aberdeen. Cindy Rose is Head of SRI Research on the Global equity team, conducting SRI research and analysis on companies in which the ethical funds invest. She joined Aberdeen in 1999 as an investment writer and web editor. Previously, she worked for United States Tax Court, Washington DC. Rose has an MSc in Comparative Literature from the University of Edinburgh.

Track record

Aberdeen Sri Team has 18.8 years experience of managing mutual funds in this sector. Over this period the average monthly return relative to the benchmark index has been -0.12%. During the worst period of relative performance (from May 2008 - October 2018) there was a decline of 40% relative to the index. The worst absolute loss has been 36%.

Periods of worst performance
Absolute -36% (May 2008 - February 2009)
Relative -40% (May 2008 - October 2018)

Other funds managed

Sector record since July 2002 (19 yrs)

About the MRI

Our unique indicator: the Bestinvest Manager Record Index (MRI) measures the likelihood that the fund manager is adding value through their decisions. It is based on their performance record over the course of their career, adjusted for the amount of risk taken. MRI is an important contributor to our fund rating system but it is also vital to take account of qualitative factors. It is also very important to select funds to form a cohesive portfolio with an appropriate overall risk level.

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