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Vermeer Partners believes operating as a responsible business brings benefits to our business, our staff and partners, our clients and our community. Our responsible business policy is reviewed annually to ensure we continue to manage our business with an ethical approach and the utmost integrity.
Responsible Investment & ESG
Responsible investment seeks to incorporate environmental, social and governance (ESG) factors into our investment decisions and recommendations. This can help identify and understand potential risks and opportunities in the companies we invest in. These might include a company’s impact on climate change, anti-corruption policies or their commitment to broader diversity within their workforce or management. Some clients seek to incorporate certain ethical, religious and/or sustainable investment criteria into their portfolios that are particularly important to them. These may extend beyond our general responsible investment approach by seeking to exclude particular companies or industry sectors from a portfolio. We use a third party ethical screening company to help us exclude companies that profit from tobacco, weapons manufacture etc. It also helps to highlight those companies that demonstrate commitment to achieving the highest standards and are proactive in areas such as corporate ethics, social justice and environmental impact. Each client has their own ethical criteria and yours will be applied when you meet your investment manager. We do not use a one size fits all approach, ensuring that you will not feel obliged to invest in any area that you are not comfortable with.
Responsible Community Engagement
As part of our commitment to the wider community, we support a number of charities via The Vermeer Partners Charitable Trust. Managed by a number of our Investment Directors our grant making charity seeks to support small organisations where our donations can make a tangible difference to their activities. This typically extends over a number of years such that growing charities can depend on our longer term, predictable funding and we can measure the positive impact of our support. Over recent months and the difficult times of the pandemic, our focus remained on smaller, frontline projects and as such we are really proud to have been able to support two such charities: The NHS Livery Kitchen, a project supported by a number of livery companies led by the Grocers’, Drapers’ and Merchant Taylors’ Companies; and Our Time (ourtime.org.uk) which provides support for London-based children and families where there is a parent with a mental illness. During these exceptional times of social isolation, their ability to provide both online and telephone support has been ever more important. We also make occasional one-off donations to organisations important to our staff and partners and to support their own individual fund raising initiatives. During the course of 2020, these have included: Caudwell LymeCo (caudwelllyme.com), The Hornsby Professional Cricketers Fund, Longfield Hospice (www.longfield.org.uk), The Matt Ratana Rugby Foundation (mattratanarugby.foundation), Parkinson’s UK (www.parkinsons.org.uk), The Spinal Injuries Association (www.spinal.co.uk) and The Starfish Project (www.starfishproject.co.uk). Our partners and staff are also supported in terms of their own volunteering commitments especially as Trustees and Governors.