Our Environmental, Social and Governance (ESG) statement

Our Purpose and our Mission

We help the global asset management industry access and procure the right research at the right cost to ensure performance and efficiency for their clients.

We are a trusted partner providing high quality, market transparency services
We help our clients to stay compliant, and ensure cost efficiency for their client base
Our focus is on building relationships that reflect our core values of transparency, efficiency and commitment to quality and rigour.
Our ESG approach underpins Substantive Research’s activities across all jurisdictions where we operate. We focus on business ethics and compliance, people and culture. A focus for 2022 will be to understand how as a small startup we can expand our community involvement.

Business ethics and compliance framework

At the core of this framework is strong governance and a robust risk and compliance framework. This framework is supported by procedures and systems to ensure that we apply, at all times, high levels of personal and professional integrity. With the support of our finance, data and IT functions we have put in place the necessary policies and procedures as well as ongoing training to ensure  that the highest standards of compliance are embedded right across our operations.

We will not enter into, or maintain, relationships with individuals or organisations engaged in, or suspected of having engaged in, illegal or activities which go against its code of ethics. New clients are accepted in accordance not only with applicable laws, rules and standards on money laundering and terrorist financing, and international sanctions but also in accordance with our risk appetite policy. We do not accept clients activities involving money laundering, corruption or bribery, child labor, forced labor, the mining and trade of rough diamonds unless Kimberley certified, destruction of high conservation value areas, ship breaking, products or activities that impinge upon the lands owned or claimed under adjudication by indigenous and/or vulnerable peoples or groups without full documented free prior and informed consent (FPIC) of such peoples or groups.

Our client acceptance processes include a mandatory review of our clients’ activities to ascertain they are not involved in such activities.

People and culture

Fostering openness, sustainability, and respect are our key objectives. We value everyone and strive to work as one team. We invest significantly in our people and their working environment by creating and maintaining a safe and healthy working environment and ensuring their ongoing professional and personal development.

We strive to create workplaces in which there is mutual trust and respect and where every person feels responsible for the performance and reputation of our Group. We respect one another and each other’s individual rights and customs. We work towards achieving a diverse workforce, recruiting, employing and promoting people only on the basis of objective criteria and the qualifications and abilities needed for the job to be performed.

We promote integrity and professionalism throughout the company and pride ourselves in leading by example. We consider ourselves to be personable and approachable and hold these attributes up as being key when putting our core values into actions.

We are inclusive. We celebrate multiple approaches and points of view. We believe diversity drives innovation and culture where difference is valued. We believe curiosity is healthy and diversity offers an opportunity to learn, and that external D&I training is a key tool in ensuring that a diverse cultural approach is maintained and built upon.


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