About Standard Life

About the group


We're a long-term investment savings business. We endeavour to help people achieve more, live better and have confidence in their own futures.

Who we are

We specialise in asset management and long-term savings. We want to lead the way in helping people save and invest for their future, by offering the types of products and services that they need throughout their lives.

Our Group employs around 6,500 people internationally. Standard Life plc is listed on the London Stock Exchange with around 1.3 million individual shareholders across over 50 countries. And we're one of the top 500 companies worldwide, by revenue, as listed in the 2014 Fortune Global 500.

All figures as at 31 January 2015.

What we do

At the core of our business is managing our customers' savings. We're responsible for the administration of £312 billion1 in assets.

We offer a range of products and services, through our Standard Life, Standard Life Investments, Standard Life Wealth and joint venture brands, to help people save for their future.

The Group operates in the UK, Europe, North America, Asia and Australia. We support around 4.5 million2 customers worldwide, and a further 20 million1 through our joint ventures in China and India.

1 As at 31 March 2015.
2 As at 31 January 2015.

How we do it

Helping to build a more prosperous world is at the core of our business. How we do this is by helping to advance ambition, leading industry innovation and improvement, and contributing to society's progress. We listen and respond to our customers and clients, continually examining, evaluating and where possible anticipating their needs.

We lead by example and set benchmarks for our industry by holding ourselves and our business partners to the highest standards. Through continually pursuing industry innovation we will drive improvement, for the benefit of all.

We strive to make a positive impact on our society by creating opportunities, providing support and offering our expertise for the benefit of both individuals and the diverse communities we touch across the world.

It's this responsibility that drives us to be a sustainable business. We're proud to be listed as leaders in sustainability in the Dow Jones Sustainability Indices (DJSI World and DJSI Europe).

A global investment solutions business

Standard Life Investments is our global investment solutions business. It provides the innovation, skills and expertise that set real standards in our industry. The range of funds they manage is sold via our distribution businesses in the UK, Europe, Asia and Australia as well as through third parties around the world. Standard Life Investments also owns the Ignis Asset Management brand.

International brands and distribution

This is how we sell our products and services in our markets around the world. Operating under the Standard Life brand, we sell a wide variety of savings and investments products and services directly to customers, as well as through intermediaries (like financial advisers, brokers and other finance professionals) and to other companies (like group personal pension schemes).

Joint ventures

We have joint venture businesses in two of the world's fastest-growing economies: China and India. There's more about these ventures in our 'Locations' section.

Specialist services

The Group owns several specialist services companies, each providing a range of services and products to niche markets in the UK and around the world. These range from discretionary asset management to financial services consultancy services. There's more about these companies in our 'Products and services' section.