BNPP AM expands its commitment in sustainability through appointment of Head of Stewardship Asia Pacific
BNP Paribas Asset Management (‘BNPP AM’) announces the appointment of Gabriel John Wilson-Otto as Head of Stewardship, Asia Pacific, within its Sustainability Centre. Based in Hong Kong, Gabriel reports to Helena Viñes Fiestas, BNPP AM’s Global Head of Stewardship and Policy.
In this newly-created role, Gabriel will lead BNPP AM’s stewardship activities in Asia Pacific, including researching key corporate governance issues, undertaking direct and collaborative corporate engagement, and working with policymakers on key issues relating to sustainable finance and investment.
Commenting on the appointment, Jane Ambachtsheer, Global Head of Sustainability at BNP Paribas Asset Management, said: “Gabriel has over a decade of experience in corporate engagement and public policy research in Asia Pacific, and has been involved in a broad range of ESG issues, including climate change, human rights and supply chain management. He is an active member across key ESG organisations in the region and has been instrumental in helping companies to evolve their corporate practices in key areas.”
Gabriel joined from Goldman Sachs, Asia, where he was Executive Director, Head of GS SUSTAIN Asia Pacific. During his 12 years at Goldman Sachs, he was responsible for leading a team to identify long term investment opportunities in high quality companies, evaluate the performance of companies under a proprietary ESG scoring framework, and focused on improving the performance of major corporations based in the region by incorporating ESG factors into fundamental company valuations. He began his career as a research analyst at Deutsche Bank.
“The addition of the Head of Stewardship in Asia Pacific will be invaluable to the development of our sustainable capabilities in this region. It also cements our positon as a leading sustainable asset manager, while we forge ahead to build on our broad range of investment solutions capabilities,” said Ligia Torres, Chief Executive Officer Asia Pacific, BNP Paribas Asset Management.
As a major player in sustainable investment since 2002, BNPP AM sees this as a strategic enabler of growth. Apart from Gabriel’s appointment, the firm also has a Hong Kong-based ESG Investment Specialist, Paul Milon and Green Bond Analyst, Xuan Sheng Ou Yong, who joined the team in early 2019, reflecting the growing importance of sustainability capabilities to BNPP AM. In APAC, the firm recently became a member of the Asia Investor Group on Climate Change. As part of the 27-member community that consists of asset managers and broader financial market participants in the region, BNPP AM is now able to play an even more active role in facilitating dialogue and engagement with other Asian investors, companies and regulators in the transition to a low carbon global economy.
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BNP Paribas Asset Management is the investment management arm of BNP Paribas, one of the world’s major financial institutions. Managing EUR 399 billion* of assets as at 31 December 2018, BNP Paribas Asset Management offers a comprehensive range of active, passive and quantitative investment solutions covering a broad spectrum of asset classes and regions. With more than 530 investment professionals and around 500 client servicing specialists, BNP Paribas Asset Management serves individual, corporate and institutional investors in 71 countries around the world. Since 2002, BNP Paribas Asset Management has been a major player in sustainable and responsible investing.
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BNP Paribas Asset Management has been a major player in sustainable and responsible investment (SRI) since 2002. BNPP AM has implemented its own responsible investment policy, applying environmental, social and governance (ESG) criteria to all its collective investments. It has also implemented BNP Paribas Group sector policies that ban investments in specific companies operating in controversial sectors. BNPP AM supplements this approach by systematically exercising its shareholder voting rights and through its participation in major organisations involved in these issues, thereby actively contributing to the public debate. BNPP AM has been a member of the Institutional Investors Group on Climate Change (IIGCC) since 2003 and was a founding signatory of the Principles for Responsible Investment (PRI) in 2006. BNPP AM was also one of the first mainstream investment managers to sign the Montreal Carbon Pledge, in May 2015, and to join the Portfolio Decarbonization Coalition (PDC), demonstrating its desire to take concrete action through SRI investment strategies, energy transition and climate preservation. As at 31 December 2018, BNPP AM managed nearly EUR 37 billion of assets in SRI strategies.