The impact of coronavirus is now far reaching, and causing reverberations across society and the economy. I am taking the opportunity to give you an update on how we at Sarasin & Partners are managing our business during this difficult time and the steps we are taking to ensure that any impact on our clients or staff is limited.
We have undertaken extensive groundwork to ensure that we are prepared for any scenario, including one in which all
employees need to work remotely. In such a scenario, while things may look and feel slightly different, our business will remain
Managing your portfolios is our highest priority, which means that if a large number or all of our employees are working
remotely, our response time for non-urgent tasks may be extended. In the event that employees are working remotely, calls to
our office will be automatically redirected to them. Clients should continue to contact their investment teams as normal, but via
telephone or email, rather than post, where possible.
Protecting clients and staff
To protect clients and staff, we are no longer holding face-to-face external meetings and are implementing social distancing
within the office. We have postponed all our planned client events and staff will no longer take part in conferences or face-toface
training. Business travel is postponed until further notice. We have implemented UK government advice on self-isolation
measures for any employee affected by coronavirus.
On top of our thorough office cleaning, we have implemented additional virus control measures, with all meeting rooms and
surfaces, door handles, light switches and other common touch points disinfected throughout the day.
Financial markets have seen very significant volatility due to concerns around coronavirus. It is natural to be concerned but it is
essential to focus on the long term. While we are likely to experience further volatility, be assured that our long-term approach
means that portfolios are positioned in line with long-term objectives and are designed to weather short-term market moves.
We encourage you to check our website and Linkedin profile for the latest thoughts and insights from our investment team.
We will continue to monitor the situation as it develops and will update you if there are any meaningful changes. This is a
challenging period for all of us but we have great confidence in the strength of Sarasin’s long-term, thematic investment
approach, and in the resilience of our operational processes and business continuity measures.