I worked for over six years at Sustainalytics, an environmental, social, and corporate governance (ESG) data provider for some of the world’s largest institutional investors. During my time there, this work took on increasing importance as the industry grew during my tenure. For context, the Canadian responsible investment industry‘s assets increased from $1 trillion in 2013 to $2.1 trillion in 2017.
During my time at Sustainalytics, I researched and engaged with some of the world’s largest financial institutions on environmental, social, and governance issues. These interactions led to improvements in disclosures and reporting from firms as investors took an increasingly active interest in non-financial metrics. I also downgraded financial firms who were involved in controversies, which helped to inform investors’ decision-making.
My work has included researching and writing thought leadership pieces in responsible investment. In 2019, I co-authored a series of articles about the role of the financial and consumer goods sectors in the deforestation of Brazil’s Amazon. In January 2020, I co-authored an article describing resilience bonds and how they can help to mitigate the impacts of extreme weather for the insurance industry. In 2021, I will be a co-author on an article about the state of investment funds involved in the circular economy.
The Urban Hulk offers the following services:
- ESG research of publicly-traded companies
- Engagement strategies on ESG issues
- Insights on emerging ESG/non-financial issues affecting publicly-traded companies