People & Appointments: ISS, PGGM, Bank of England

The latest ESG movers and shakers

The State of California has launched a Climate-Related Risk Disclosure Advisory Group in partnership with Stanford University. Members include: Carlos Sánchez, Director of Climate Resilience Investment at Willis Towers Watson; Dave Jones, Director of the Climate Risk Initiative at UC Berkeley Law School and former Californian Insurance Commissioner; Mary Obasi, Global Climate Risk Executive in Global Risk Management at Bank of America; Nili Gilbert, Board Member and Chair of Investment Committee at David Rockefeller Fund; Janine Guillot, CEO of the Sustainability Accounting Standards Board; Marilyn Waite, Climate and Clean Energy Finance Program Officer at the William and Flora Hewlett Foundation; Craig Davies, Associate Director for Energy Efficiency & Climate Change at the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development; and Kirsten Spalding, Senior Program Director for Ceres’ Investor Network.  

Thomas Viegas has returned to the Bank of England to manage its Climate Hub, which focuses on reducing climate risk in the UK financial system and pushing it towards Net Zero. Viegas left the central bank, where he was an economist, to become an Economic Advisor to HM Treasury’s Dasgupta Review on the economics of biodiversity, which was published in February. He returned last week in his new role. 

PineBridge Investments has appointed Kate Faraday to the newly-created role of Head of Corporate Responsibility. Faraday joined PineBridge in 2007 and was most recently Head of Client Portfolio Management for Americas Equities. She sits on a number of committees including PineBridge’s Diversity and Inclusion Committee.

Kazutaka Kuroda has joined the board of the Japan Sustainable Investment Forum. Kuroda, a Senior ESG Strategist at Mitsubishi UFJ Morgan Stanley Securities, has been a member of the forum since March 2016, and chairs the Public Stewardship, ESG Integration to Financial Education, and Survey on ESG Investment Performance working groups.

Bob Eccles has joined the Sustainability Advisory Board of carbon footprint management and reporting platform Persefoni. Eccles is the founding Chairman of the Sustainability Accounting Standards Board and a visiting professor at the University of Oxford’s Said Business School.

Dutch pension giant PGGM is recruiting an ESG Specialist to monitor the integration of ESG risks and impacts across its portfolio, as well as being involved in its engagement programme.

Paul Schofield and Jeremy Kent have begun their tenures at NN Investment Partners. The pair announced they were leaving Allianz Global Investors earlier this year, where they ran its €2.3bn Global Sustainability Strategy. Schofield is now Head of Sustainable and Impact Equity at NNIP while Kent is a Senior Portfolio Manager on the team. 

ISS ESG is recruiting for a Philippines-based ESG Research Analyst to join its norm-based research team. The firm is also recruiting for two ESG Data Analyst roles based in the Philippines or India.

Angélique Laskewitz has been appointed Chair of the Supervisory Board of the International Union for the Conservation of Nature. Laskewitz, who is an Executive Director at VBDO, the Dutch sustainable investment association, also holds board positions at the Global Sustainable Investment Alliance and the Vereniging van Effectenbezitters.