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MJ Hudson taps PwC for ESG lead

MJ hudson, ESG, PwC. Mark ThompsonAsset management service provider MJ Hudson has broadened its ESG & Sustainability business with the appointment of Mark Thompson, who joins as a director in its London office from PwC.

Thompson is a sustainability & ESG professional with more than thirty years of relevant experience gained across the regulatory, technical consulting, Big-4 consulting and banking environments.

He held several roles at PwC, which he joined in 1999. Most recently, he was a director in its Sustainability and Climate Change team based in London, advising clients on the development and implementation of sustainability and ESG strategies.

Thompson joins MJ Hudson a month after the firm expanded its ESG & Sustainability arm by opening an office in Madrid.

Emma Bickerstaffe, MD of MJ Hudson ESG & Sustainability, said his extensive technical knowledge and consulting skills would further the growth of its UK practice.

"In addition, his expertise in human rights in the supply chain will allow us to meet increasing client focus in this area. We look forward to harnessing this as we continue to invest in our growth," she said.

MJ Hudson's 70+ strong ESG & Sustainability business was founded in Amsterdam, with London the second office to be established, followed by New York earlier this year.

Services to clients include ESG policy and regulation, due diligence, performance monitoring, training, investor reporting and carbon and climate insights.

Thompson said: "ESG and sustainability engagement from private equity firms and their investors has dramatically increased in the last five years, but there is still much more work to do.

"I'm delighted to have the opportunity to push this agenda forwards with the support of this expert and friendly MJ Hudson team. Each of them has a fundamental commitment to make a difference, and I am thrilled to be able to call them my colleagues," he added.

MJ Hudson recently appointed chair of the Investment Association's sectors committee Julie Patterson as an independent non-executive director on its UK-regulated subsidiary boards.

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