PGGM named as best asset manager for use of SRI research in Thomson Reuters survey

Latest results of Independent Research in Responsible Investment poll

PGGM, the Dutch pension asset manager with around €140bn under management, has been named as the best asset manager for use of socially responsible investing (SRI) and corporate governance research in a new survey from Thomson Reuters Extel.

PGGM manages assets on behalf of more than 2.5m people.

The survey – Independent Research in Responsible Investment (IRRI) – was run in conjunction with SRI research platform SRI-Connect. It ran through June and July and received responses from 668 analysts and portfolio managers from 142 companies in 30 countries. It sought quantitative and qualitative responses from asset managers globally.

The best individual SRI analyst was named as Dayna Linley-Jones, Senior Analyst and global energy and utilities sector lead at Sustainalytics. She won a similar award in the 2012 survey.The firm was also named as the best SRI analysis firm. Sustainalytics’ London-based Responsible Investment Adviser Catalina Secreteanu was named as the best salesperson for SRI/corporate governance research.

The award for best individual corporate governance analyst went to Kimberly Gladman, Managing Director, ESG Research at GMI Ratings, which was also named best corporate governance research firm.

Matthias Beer of F&C was named best analyst for understanding corporate sustainability and consumer goods giant Unilever was the best quoted company for SRI communications.

“We are pleased at the substantial increase in participation in IRRI 2013”, said Steve Kelly, managing director of Extel at Thomson Reuters. “It is a clear signal of investor interest in both sustainability research, and the imperative for such research to be clear-sighted and independent.”