Standard Chartered Private Bank launches ESG Select to strengthen fund selection process

Singapore – Standard Chartered Private Bank has launched “ESG Select” to better identify and curate wealth solutions for clients. The Bank will apply this new review process on all wealth solutions that seek to be positioned as a sustainable or environmental, social and corporate governance (ESG) product on the Standard Chartered platform.

Sustainable investing is becoming a mainstream consideration for many investors and ESG products are increasingly accessible in this nascent space. It is timely and critical that ESG products are properly evaluated to manage the potential negative impact of ESG risks and, at the same time, spot opportunities to drive positive impact.

Our methodology behind ESG Select* is tailored to each asset class, with funds and discretionary portfolio solutions following a similar assessment process, while bonds and structured products are separately assessed on different sets of criteria. The underlying premise is to benchmark against established frameworks that are aligned to Standard Chartered’s positions and to ensure that an ongoing monitoring and review are in place. The entire process is well-supported by various stakeholder groups within the bank, allowing for the most relevant input and expert advice.

Standard Chartered began incorporating ESG scores into our Wealth Management investment advisory trade notes for equities and fixed income since Q3 2019. Launching ESG Select adds to the rigour of our sustainable investing proposition, allowing our clients to factor ESG considerations into their investment decisions.

Eugenia Koh, Head, Sustainable Investing and Strategic Engagement at Standard Chartered Private Bank said: “We have seen increased interest from many of our high-net-worth clients to include a sustainable element in their investment portfolio. Our open architecture approach, which is product agnostic, coupled with our Impact Philosophy allow our bankers to recommend ESG products that address clients’ impact needs. Launching ESG Select will help us address green washing concerns and we are confident that our clients will benefit from a more rigorous and systematic investment decision journey.”

*ESG Select also applies to ESG funds, which Standard Chartered Bank offers via our Wealth Management suite of products to our Retail Banking clients.

For further information please contact:

Valerie Tay
Private Banking and Wealth Management Communications
Standard Chartered
+65 6596 9284

Note to Editors

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In Singapore, Standard Chartered Private Bank is the private banking division of Standard Chartered Bank (Singapore) Limited, (Registration No. 201224747C) (GST Group Registration No. MR-8500053-0).

In Hong Kong, Standard Chartered Private Bank is the private banking division of Standard Chartered Bank (Hong Kong) Limited (“SCBHK”), a subsidiary of Standard Chartered PLC. SCBHK has its registered address at 32/F, Standard Chartered Bank Building, 4-4A Des Voeux Road Central, Hong Kong and is regulated by the Hong Kong Monetary Authority and registered with the Securities and Futures Commission to carry on Type 1 (dealing in securities), Type 4 (advising on securities), Type 6 (advising on corporate finance) and Type 9 (asset management) regulated activity under the Securities and Futures Ordinance (Cap. 571) (CE No. AJI614).

In Jersey, Standard Chartered Private Bank is the Registered Business Name of the Jersey Branch of Standard Chartered Bank. Standard Chartered Bank, Jersey Branch is regulated by the Jersey Financial Services Commission. The principal place of business of the Jersey Branch of Standard Chartered Bank is: 15 Castle Street, St Helier, Jersey JE4 8PT.

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In the United Kingdom, Standard Chartered Bank (trading as Standard Chartered Private Bank) is an authorised financial services provider (licence number 45747) in terms of the South African Financial Advisory and Intermediary Services Act, 2002.

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