Insight bolsters ESG capabilities with two new hires

Rory SullivanEuropean investment manager, Insight Investment, has made two key appointments to support its management of environmental, social and governance (ESG) issues within its investment portfolios.

Dr Rory Sullivan (pictured), an internationally recognised expert on responsible investment, joins Insight as a strategic advisor on a consultancy basis. He will provide advice on the integration of ESG issues into Insight’s investment processes, across all of our asset classes.

Until 2009, Sullivan was head of responsible investment at Insight. Since then he has been an independent consultant and his clients have included United Nations-supported Principles for Responsible Investment (UNPRI); the United Nations Global Compact, a United Nations initiative to encourage businesses worldwide to adopt sustainable and socially responsible policies; and the United Nations Environmental Programme Finance Initiative (UNEPFI), a global partnership between the United Nations Environment Programme and the financial sector.

Insight has also strengthened its fixed income research team with the appointment of Joshua Kendall as ESG analyst. In this newly created role, Kendall will provide dedicated expertise to further the ESG activities already undertaken by Insight’s fixed income credit analysts.

Kendall previously worked for MSCI in a similar capacity, having joined them in 2012. Before this he was a communications manager for the UNPRI. He joined Insight in May 2015 and reports to David Averre, head of credit analysis.

Averre says: “Insight has a long-standing commitment to responsible investment. It was a founding signatory of the UNPRI in 2006 and, over the past decade, has been at the forefront of integrating ESG issues into fixed income research and decision-making. It is clear that responsible investment is becoming increasingly important to our existing clients and other large asset owners.”

Insight Investment manages £397 billion (€553.7 billion) and is owned by BNY Mellon, which has $1.7 trillion (€1.49 trillion) in assets under management, as at March 31, 2015.

©2015 funds europe