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.
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.
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.
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.
Successful active investment management is not easy: it requires dedication, independent thought and a long-term perspective.
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.
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.
We think it’s vital to have a supportive, inclusive culture in the workplace.More about Diversity and Inclusion at Baillie Gifford
We established the Baillie Gifford LGBT Network to support an inclusive culture and open working environment. This network offers confidential support and guidance to staff, ensures policies and procedures are LGBT inclusive, and helps raise awareness of LGBT issues.
This group aims to destigmatise mental health issues, through our Mental Health Supporters, whom employees can speak to if they are feeling anxious, suffering from a mental health condition or supporting someone else through a difficult time. We also offer access to a confidential Employee Assistance Programme.
From mindfulness sessions to yoga classes, our range of activities to encourage wellbeing has really taken off. We also have a growing selection of clubs that bring people together, such as the choir and touch rugby, and we’re always looking for suggestions from our employees.
The network aims to celebrate, promote and support cultural diversity within Baillie Gifford by celebrating our multicultural community, educate and engage all staff on cultural diversity and offer support by providing colleagues a haven to address issues relating to ethnicity and race.
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:
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.
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.
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.
I want to be part of an organisation that has a social conscience I can be proud of.
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.