Responsible investment veteran Fred Samama has left his role as Chief Responsible Investment Officer at CPR Asset Management, a subsidiary of Europe’s largest asset manager Amundi, to join S&P Global’s sustainability intelligence division.
S&P announced his appointment today, saying Samama has joined S&P Global Sustainable1 to lead engagement with the company’s clients to “understand, assess and evaluate current and future climate and ESG needs” and “support corporates, investors and governments as they seek to navigate and realize the transition to a net zero, sustainable and equitable future”.
Samama started his new role on 7 February and reports to Richard Mattison, President of S&P Global Sustainable1, a spokesperson told RI. He will remain based in Paris.
He joins S&P after more than 13 years at Amundi, most recently has Chief Responsible Investment Officer at CPR Asset Management, which is owned by the group. He was previously Amundi’s Head of Responsible Investment and prior to that Co-Head of Institutional and Sovereign clients.
Samama is known for his work on low-carbon indices as well as his leading role in the establishing the emerging markets green bond fund run in partnership between Amundi and the IFC. In 2020, he co-authored The Green Swan. Central Banking and Financial Stability in the Age of Climate Change.
Samama said he is “thrilled to join S&P Global Sustainable1”, adding: “With more than half the world’s assets under management committed to net zero, we have seen a huge rise in the mobilization of the finance sector on climate, investors and companies are increasingly employing ESG analytics and insights to inform their decision making. It is essential they have access to the most rigorous and credible data and tools to support their decision making to support the realisation of their commitments.”