People & Appointments: Firth to step down as head of RI at Border to Coast

The latest ESG movers and shakers: Dessaint promoted to head of sustainability engagement at ISS ESG; JPMorgan AM seeks investment stewardship specialist.

Jane Firth has announced her retirement and will step down from her role as head of responsible investment at Border to Coast later this year, a spokesperson has confirmed. She will leave the UK pension pool after more than five years in the role, having previously spent 27 years as an investment manager at South Yorkshire Pensions Authority. Border to Coast is recruiting for her replacement.

Loïc Dessaint has been promoted to head of sustainability engagement at ISS ESG. He joined the team as senior ESG engagement manager in February last year, having spent more than 21 years at Proxinvest, where he was CEO for seven years. Dessaint has also been a member of the French SIF’s board of directors, and of the French regulator AMF’s investors consultative commission.

JPMorgan Asset Management is recruiting for a North America investment stewardship specialist. The successful candidate will drive corporate engagement in collaboration with investment teams on specific corporate governance and sustainability themes, provide proxy voting oversight and documentation, and manage projects to develop stewardship-related operational and technological enhancements.

Vessy Haralampieva has been promoted to sustainable finance governance and regulation head at the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development. She was formerly senior counsel at the London-based multilateral development bank.

Eurosif executive director Aleksandra Palinska has stepped down from EU standard setter EFRAG’s Sustainability Reporting Board (SRB). She is replaced by academic Alexander Bassen, who was appointed by the general assembly in December. Separately, Bassen was announced as inaugural chair of the Greenhouse Gas Protocol’s new independent standards board last week.

Scottish Widows is seeking applicants for two one-year contract roles to develop nature-related risk management and disclosure capabilities. These include a project lead and specialist positions that will be embedded in the group’s insurance, pensions and investments business to develop a response to the Taskforce on Nature-related Financial Disclosures (TNFD) framework as well as other related ESG regulations and frameworks.

Camille Maclet has left his role as financial sector engagement lead at UN Biodiversity to join BNP Paribas as biodiversity specialist within the French bank’s global CSR team. At UN Biodiversity, which is the secretariat of the Convention on Biological Diversity, his role involved assisting executive secretary Elizabeth Mrema in her role as the co-chair of the TNFD, and supporting the secretariat’s financial sector engagement programme. He was formerly finance sector director at The Biodiversity Consultancy, and also was on the TNFD transition co-ordination team.

The Banque de France is hiring a researcher in economics, sustainable finance and nature-related risks for its climate change centre.

Standard Chartered is recruiting for four sustainability roles: director of sustainable ESG ratings and rankings, associate director of sustainable global reporting and standards, director of sustainability accounting and disclosures, and an associate director of sustainability strategy support. The first role will require the candidate to provide support on day-to-day management of the group’s submissions for ESG ratings, and subject matter expertise to strengthen submissions.

US SIF has appointed Trillium ESG strategy head and portfolio manager Elizabeth Levy to the board of directors, together with Envestnet sustainable investing director Kiley Miller. Diederik Timmer, who left Sustainalytics last year, was re-elected as US SIF chair.

IIGCC is advertising for a senior programme manager to lead its emerging market and Just Transition workstream. The position will involve overseeing the integration of just transition elements into the IIGCC’s net-zero investment framework and acting as a subject matter expert across different investor and industry working groups. The role will be initially offered on a fixed term basis for 18 months.

The Principles for Responsible Investment is seeking a social issues and human rights stewardship specialist, and senior specialist. The first role will seek the successful candidate work on the organisation’s Advance engagement initiative, co-ordinate company engagement groups, and conduct relevant research and analysis. The deadline for applications is 28 January.

The second successful candidate will act as a senior co-ordinator of the PRI collaborative stewardship initiative on human rights and social issues, co-ordinate company engagement groups, and work on improvements to PRI co-ordination of collaborative engagement processes. The deadline is 4 February.

The Transition Pathway Initiative, the investor-backed non-profit tracking the transition readiness of high emitting firms, is seeking candidates for three research assistant roles.

Edentree Investment Management has named Eurosif chair Will Oulton as chair of its responsible investment advisory panel.

AXA IM Prime, the private markets arm of AXA Group, is recruiting for an ESG regulations, data and reporting lead.

Alice Garton, former climate head of ClientEarth, has joined climate charity group Quadrature Climate Foundation as a programme director. The group has been set up by London-based hedge fund Quadrature Capital to “invest across the full suite of climate solutions”.