Who we are

Bringing financial well-being to the most important economies of all

For us, it’s always been about contributing to a more resilient economy that benefits more people.

 

Empowering investors to make better, safer decisions. And advocating for a financial system that is more inclusive and sustainable for all stakeholders.

 

We’re an investment manager, and we help millions of people invest to build savings that serve them throughout their lives.

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Our purpose

How do we help more and more people experience financial well-being?

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Financial security

Helping more people retire securely

A secure retirement for port workers

We work closely with Forth Ports to manage a large part of their pension plan that helps employees save for retirement by investing in stocks, bonds, real estate and infrastructure – including ports. In that way, these investments give Forth Ports’ employees access to opportunities in the local economy they helped build.1

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Investment access

Making investing easier, more affordable and more accessible

Helping a UK charity fulfill its mission

As a volunteer-led health and first aid charity, St John Ambulance treats and transports thousands of patients each year. We’ve been managing St John Ambulance’s entire investment portfolio for over 15 years, making it easier for them to maximize their focus on their philanthropic mission.2

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Sustainable outcomes

Creating more sustainable investing opportunities

Powering UK homes and creating jobs

We've invested £1.2bn in renewable power projects across the UK, that will power 1.8m UK homes every year.3 These renewable projects are also creating thousands of good long-term jobs in the Northeast, like the wind farm project in the port town of Grimsby.

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Economic resilience

Building more resilient economies that benefit more people

From garage start-up to big UK job creator

Nearly a decade ago, our private credit investors saw potential in a technology platform that takes beauty and wellness brands direct to consumers online. The Hut Group (THG), based in Manchester, began in a garage with one person, and today employs 8,000 people locally. Our partnership has been one of the key enablers of their success.4

1 Source: Forth Ports and BlackRock, as of September 30, 2020. The company mentioned above is shown for illustrative purposes only and is not meant to be a recommendation to buy or sell any security or be depicted as investment advice in any capacity.

2 Source: St John Ambulance and BlackRock, as of September 30, 2020. The company mentioned above is shown for illustrative purposes only and is not meant to be a recommendation to buy or sell any security or be depicted as investment advice in any capacity.

3 Metrics estimated over the lifetime of BlackRock's renewable power assets and funds. Employment figures are estimated using Political Economy Research Institute, University of Massachusetts Amherst, Green Growth, "A U.S. Program for Controlling Climate Change and Expanding Job Opportunities."

4 Sources: BlackRock, The Hut Group, as of September 30, 2020. The company mentioned above is shown for illustrative purposes only and is not meant to be a recommendation to buy or sell any security or be depicted as investment advice in any capacity.

Possibly the most important word in investing

The money we invest and manage is not our own – it belongs to our clients. And every investing decision we make has to be made in their best interests – and theirs alone. It’s a great responsibility, which we take very seriously.

The word for this is fiduciary. It’s an important word.

3,300
+ Employees in the United Kingdom and Ireland5
10
Million+ pension schemes managed by BlackRock in the UK6
£192
Billion in capital we’ve put to work in public UK companies7

5 Source: BlackRock as of 31 December 2020, 6 Source: BlackRock as of 01 November 2020, 7 Source: BlackRock as of 01 November 2020

Our people

Hands down, our best investment yet

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Our people are our strongest asset — take that from an asset manager

We started with 8 people in a room. Today, we have 3,300 people in the UK alone. We’re under no illusion – it’s our people who should take credit for any success.

We're investors

Putting to work the hard-earned savings of people and institutions around the world in global markets.

We're technologists

Constantly innovating to bring convenience, transparency, and precision to investing.

We're fiduciaries

Putting the interests of our clients before our own by avoiding conflicts with investment interests.

We're campaigners

Speaking out for equity and inclusion of all underrepresented groups and working to reduce our environmental footprint.

We're investors

Putting to work the hard-earned savings of people and institutions around the world in global markets.

We're technologists

Constantly innovating to bring convenience, transparency, and precision to investing.

We're fiduciaries

Putting the interests of our clients before our own by avoiding conflicts with investment interests.

We're campaigners

Speaking out for equity and inclusion of all underrepresented groups and working to reduce our environmental footprint.

Sarah Melvin, Head of UK and Ireland, BlackRock

Hello and welcome to BlackRock. I'm Sarah Melvin, Head of UK and Ireland. We've been operating and investing money on behalf of our clients in the UK for more than five decades. We have more than 3,000 employees across the UK and Ireland, and we are entrusted to manage the savings of over ten million people here. Our clients include pension schemes and their members, insurance companies, charities, and individuals saving for retirement. We invest on behalf of our clients, putting almost 200 billion pounds of their capital to work in local British companies and infrastructure. Which in turn supports job creation and a stronger UK economy. We're proud to play our part in supporting economic prosperity here. And as our clients increasingly want to invest to deliver a more sustainable future, we've invested over 20 billion pounds in sustainable infrastructure projects across the UK, including wind farms and solar power which go on to power 1.8 million homes each year. In January 2020, we published a letter setting out our ambitions for Black Rock to play a leadership role as a sustainable investor for our clients. I'm delighted to say that since then, we've delivered some good progress. Just a few of the highlights include that today, all of our active and advisory strategies are ESG integrated, covering 2 trillion pounds in assets. We introduced 93 new sustainable solutions in 2020, helping clients allocate billions of pounds to sustainable investment strategies over the year. And we've added 1,200 sustainability metrics to our technology platform, to help clients better understand ESG and physical climate risks. Now in 2021 we're pushing ahead once again. We have announced a set of actions that we're taking to help move our clients portfolios and the UK and global economy, towards the crucial target of net zero carbon emissions by 2050. The net zero transition is an imperative for society and for the planet. And it will reshape the global economy offering a number of exciting investment opportunities. This is an important moment for us all. Whether you're an existing or prospective client, a possible future colleague, a business partner, or just an interested member of society, welcome to BlackRock.

Unless otherwise stated, all data is sourced from BlackRock as at December 2020.

We are entrusted to manage the pension of millions of people in the UK. This responsibility drives us every day to deliver the very best outcomes we can for our clients.

Sarah Melvin
Head of BlackRock UK and Ireland
Our progress

An honest look in the mirror

We see a company that’s not there yet with racial and gender equality. But we also see a company that wants to do better.

 

By 2024, our goal is to increase representation of black professionals by 30%. And grow our women senior leaders to 32.5% globally by 2024 from 30%

 

We’ve always believed what makes the individual different makes everyone stronger.

 

And we will be stronger.

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