Charity partnerships

To focus and unite our efforts as a global business, the Foundation has adopted two key strategic themes:

Emerging Markets

The Foundation seeks to develop partnerships with charities tackling the educational needs of disadvantaged young people in emerging market countries.

The Foundation will invest in a different emerging market each year typically over a three year period and partner with charities that deliver real change on the ground through long-term investments. As part of the partnerships, a group of Aberdeen employees are able to volunteer at each of the projects.

Our partners include:

The Karen Hilltribes Trust is a charity dedicated to helping the marginalised Karen people of Northern Thailand to build a sustainable future for themselves. The charity has three key aims: increase access to education, improve health and secure better livelihoods. Aberdeen Standard Investments support will fund two new school dormitories, school meals and a new school bus. A group of 12 colleagues globally met in Thailand to help build a clean water system for a Karen village and visited the second built dormitory. Read here about their trip.

AbleChildAfrica works alongside partner organisations in Africa to achieve equal rights for disabled children and young people. Their mission is to promote the realisation of equal rights for disable children and their families in Africa and to facilitate meaningful inclusion. Support from Aberdeen Standard Investments is there for the preparation, architectural design and construction of a purpose-built, fully inclusive school site.

Hope for Children is a charity which believes every child deserves a happy, healthy and positive childhood. Aberdeen Standard Investments is supporting their AWARE (Achieving WAsh for Rights to Education) to improve the educational outcomes for children living in one of India’s most deprived districts. The lack of basic sanitation facilities and awareness causes high school absenteeism and drop-out.

Build On is a US-based charity which for 20 years has helped rural communities in some of the poorest countries build 780 schools. Employees have helped to build schools in Senegal, Nepal, Nicaragua and Malawi to remember two colleagues lost in a tragic accident, Andrew McMenigall and Toby Wallace, and to build a lasting legacy in their memory.

Previous partners have included ABC Trust (now Childreach International), See Beyond Borders, Afrikids and ChildHope. A group of 14 colleagues from our offices globally visited the project in Peru with ChildHope – read here about their trip and the experience.

Local Communities

As a business we value the communities in which we operate and invest, recognising the benefits we gain from them as well as the potential impact we can have. The Foundation therefore allocates a proportion of its funding to the local communities in with Aberdeen employees live and work.

Through regional charity committees, employees are empowered to develop their local approach to charitable giving, supporting causes that are relevant to their community and the local team. Click here to find out more on employee engagement.