Our approach

Our approach to responsibility 

We are committed to operating in a way that creates long-term value for our stakeholders, benefits society and actively addresses any adverse impacts our activities have on society, people and the environment. This means understanding the environmental, social and governance (ESG) issues that matter to them and to our business. The pillars of our programme - responsible investment, our people, society and communities, and our environmental impact - position us to influence the trends we face as an investor and as an active member of the societies and communities in which we operate.

We have a clear understanding of who we are as a business and are committed to thinking, acting and investing responsibly. This includes putting in place strong governance foundations to hold us to account. Alongside clear accountability we will set targets, track and monitor our progress and transparently report against our commitments in a timely manner.

We recognise that we cannot achieve our aims alone. Through selected partnerships we will work to deliver action and continually challenge ourselves around the issues that we can materially impact.

For generations, Rathbones has been entrusted to manage and preserve our clients’ wealth. Our tradition of investing and acting responsibly will continue to lead us forward. As we look to the future, we will further engage with our stakeholders to ensure our approach continues to support our ambition, whilst delivering positive impacts.

To read more about our responsible business activities see our pillar pages and Responsible business report

Standards and frameworks

Our approach to responsible business clearly supports our business strategy. Our commitment to the following organisations supports our development and together we will work to have a positive impact. We have mapped our framework to the following standards and frameworks:


The United Nations Global Compact

In 2021 we became signatories to the UN Global Compact. Our commitment as a signatory of the United Nations Global Compact, not only supports an objective that aligns with our own fiduciary duty as a business to help build a better world for future generations, but also recognises our position as stewards and allocators of capital. 


                                                                                               The United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs):

Rathbones maps to the SDGs on many levels across our businesses. In 2021, we mapped our impact against the goals and have reported our progress in support of the goals in our Responsible business report.


The FTSE4Good Index*:

We are pleased to have been included in the FTSE4Good Index for over 10 years. As a business we will continually develop our approaches to maintain our listing.

Find out about other partnerships and memberships we participate in as a group here.


*FTSE Russell (the trading name of FTSE International Limited and Frank Russell Company) confirms that Rathbones Group Plc has been independently assessed according to the FTSE4Good criteria, and has satisfied the requirements to become a constituent of the FTSE4Good Index Series. Created by the global index provider FTSE Russell, the FTSE4Good Index Series is designed to measure the performance of companies demonstrating strong environmental, social and governance (ESG) practices. The FTSE4Good indices are used by a wide variety of market participants to create and assess responsible investment funds and other products.