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shared beliefs

The principles that guide us every day, our Shared Beliefs define the culture of our firm.

Our firm must be an engaging and progressive place to work

It is imperative that we attract and retain a diverse group of talented individuals. We need to create opportunity and challenge while providing support. We are committed to getting better at everything that we do and remaining relevant to our clients’ needs as they evolve.

Our actions and behaviours should support society as a whole

We seek to set a positive example as an investor, as an employer and within our communities. We aim to uphold and promote the highest standards of service and professional behaviours and to help enhance the reputation of the investment industry.

Our ownership structure is a key strength

Being independent, private and wholly owned by working partners allows us to focus on our clients and their investments. It helps our stability, motivation and culture and enables us to take a long-term view in all that we do, including investing, client relationships and staff development.

We put our clients’ interests ahead of our own

Our actions must be honourable and beneficial for our clients, for the companies we invest in and for society. We aim for excellence in all levels of client service and wish to be seen as a trusted long-term partner and adviser.

Our active investment management will add material value for clients over the long run

Successful active investment management is not easy: it requires dedication, independent thought and a long-term perspective.

We should be actively engaged shareholders of the companies in which we invest

Our equity investment process is grounded on the long-term ownership of growing businesses. We want to help these companies fulfil their potential by encouraging them to invest in growth opportunities and to ignore the short-term pressures of the stock market.

Whoever you are, whatever you studied, we are interested in what you can bring to our firm. We see diversity as an asset.

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I only want to be seen for who I am and what I can bring to a company. I want to work somewhere that believes that labels are not for people.

Diversity and Inclusion

We think it’s vital to have a supportive, inclusive culture in the workplace.

More about Diversity and Inclusion at Baillie Gifford

Let’s talk about race

Since the beginning of the year, we’ve been running ‘Let’s talk about race’ workshops. These aim to help people understand why we need to talk about race, why our language and behaviours are important and how we can all become an agent for change.

Inclusive groups

Our LGBTQ+ and Multicultural Networks are just two examples of the groups that help to foster an inclusive culture at Baillie Gifford. Most recently, our Neurodiversity Group aims to celebrate the innate abilities that come from the diverse ways in which human brains and minds are wired.

Equal parental leave

Our 1st Year Parental Leave and Pay policy was introduced in 2019 to offer choice and flexibility to all new parents at the firm. It entitles all employees to 52 weeks’ leave, regardless of gender or length of service. Staff also receive full pay for the first 26 weeks and half pay for a further 13 weeks.

Mental health

At Baillie Gifford we take mental health seriously. We partner with HeadTorch, to provide online courses and support for all our staff, as well as training for managers. From this summer we’re also offering all employees a free subscription to the Headspace meditation app.

More about Diversity and Inclusion at Baillie Gifford

Proud to be making a difference

We don’t just want to do the best for our clients; we want to make a difference in society too.

That’s why we sponsor 14 literary festivals, arts events and exhibitions across Edinburgh, several academic research projects and provide masters and PhD scholarships at three UK universities. We support grassroots projects with a focus on sports and the environment through internal committees. We also have a partnership with Foundation Scotland and have funded 593 grants through the Community Awards and Grass Roots Sports programmes. Here are just some of the initiatives we’ve supported:

Learn more on our Community Engagement efforts.
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The Green Team

The Green Team is an Edinburgh-based charity that re-connects young people with the natural environment so they can recognise its value, understand its importance and make tangible improvements to the ecology and bio-diversity of local community spaces.

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Projekt 42

Projekt 42 is a health and fitness centre offering free monthly memberships to those in need, including people who have suffered sexual assault, domestic violence or mental health issues.

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Lothian Roller Derby

Lothian Roller Derby is a roller derby league, priding itself on an accepting and accommodating approach, and open to everyone regardless of age, gender, sexual orientation or body shape.

We give back to local communities because we believe it is the right thing to do, not because it might make us look good.

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I want to be part of an organisation that has a social conscience I can be proud of.

Edinburgh

Edinburgh is not only a wonderful place to work, but also an incredible place to live, big enough to hold everything you need, but small enough that everything is easy to access. You can walk around the centre in an hour, we have a 24/7 public transport system, and an airport connecting you to the rest of the world.

As the definitive Festival City, there are incredible events throughout the year, and an abundance of galleries, museums and music venues, all set amid one of Europe’s most historic cities, in the shadow of Edinburgh Castle, Calton Hill, and countless other iconic monuments.

World-class sports facilities and venues, like the Commonwealth Pool, Murrayfield, and the Ratho climbing arena, make Edinburgh the ideal place for an active lifestyle, and the same goes for the nearby beaches, hills and treasured National Parks. However if shopping is more your thing, you’ll find top High Street stores along Princes Street, as well as a range of independent stores in areas like Stockbridge and Bruntsfield.

No matter how long you stay here, you simply can’t help being awestruck every time you explore. And we should know, we’ve been lucky enough to call Edinburgh home for over 100 years.

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For over a century we have run our firm from one of the most vibrant capitals in the world.

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I want to have a career in a city where the quality of life is as good as the quality of the work.