We believe that active investing can be a force for good.
We started in South Africa, in '91, as Investec Asset Management, with a belief that we could do things differently. Back then, change was coming and along with its challenges came the chance to invest in a better future.
Today, we continue to bring a different perspective on investment. Whether it's the rise of the East or the rise of the machines, we make the best of it. Best for our clients, best for our company, and best for the world in which we live.
Change taught us to be bold. Resilient. Agile. To believe that active investing can be a force for good.
We are Ninety One - Investing for a world of change.
Ninety One has always been a purposeful business. We began with the aim of making a positive difference to both our clients and the country in which we started and since ’91 have expanded our scope and ambition globally.
‘Better firm. Better investing. Better world.’ is how we articulate our purpose. It guides our strategic decision making, culture and our daily endeavours.
We aim to achieve excellence over the long term through building a great firm, with a culture that encourages our people to achieve their highest potential. By intentionally building a great firm, we are holding ourselves personally accountable and internalising our purpose.
Long-term investment excellence is our primary focus and is non-negotiable. Providing our clients with an investment offering that allows them to achieve their financial goals is the concrete manifestation of our purpose. We are quite literally investing for a better tomorrow.
We seek to make a difference to the world’s greatest challenges by investing our clients’ capital in a responsible manner towards the most responsible users of that capital. Being a fully engaged participant in society and actively preserving our natural environment is both our opportunity and promise.
The culture of Ninety One reflects who we are as people. It is our shared values and norms that make us.
We believe the strength of our culture is a source of competitive advantage, ensuring a healthy environment for debate and exchange of views. This is the foundation for enduring investment performance, outstanding client service and underpins our overriding value – to do the right thing.
We strive to do the right thing for our clients, our community, our colleagues and for the wider world.
Ambition and care are not mutually exclusive, and our culture engenders both. Collectively we insist on results, excellence and ambition, but not at the expense of the human spirit. We aim to be successful and decent at the same time.
Every person’s freedom to create is a defining element of the philosophy which drives our strong culture.
We steadfastly believe in giving individuals the freedom to be themselves. We are creating a culture where we can collectively achieve together without sacrificing our individual selves.
Our people perform best when they are liberated to pursue their passions and interests. We strive to give people the freedom to express their strengths, skills and talents. Freedom to create is a crucial driver of diversity in our business as it is only through the expression of individuality and one’s potential that we can be truly diverse.
Results and relationships
If freedom to create sits at the core of our culture, valuing strong relationships encircles that core. Strong relationships breed diversity in our business and an environment where all people feel welcome, respected and know they have a fair opportunity to develop and contribute. We expect people to perform both on the results they deliver and the quality of their relationships with each other. These are important measures of our culture.
Diversity & inclusion
Encouraging diversity and inclusion forms an integral part of our firm’s recruitment, development and retention strategy. We are committed to attracting, developing and retaining a diverse team of people to ensures we approach all decision-making with a set of different perspectives. We believe this can be a competitive advantage, helps helping ensure the best outcomes for our clients, our communities, our colleagues and the wider world in which we work.
We are creating an environment where everyone can be themselves and have the opportunity to build a successful career, regardless of who they are, or their background.
Transformation in South Africa
We are determined to play our part in building a South Africa in which the majority of South Africans have a fair chance to succeed. We also believe diversity is essential to our firm’s ability to compete, adapt and remain relevant.
Our approach is to focus on building talent organically, by recruiting and developing investment professionals early in their careers.
Ninety One Inspire
Inspire is a network created by women for women at Ninety One. It enables the exchange of knowledge and experiences in order to improve the opportunities for career success. It plays an important role in helping us make our firm a more inclusive place.
Ninety One Proud
Proud is our LGBT+ network which is designed to create an internal community for our LGBT+ colleagues and their allies. We aim to promote an inclusive and supportive work environment, where people who identify as LGBT+ are free to be themselves.