Aberdeen Standard investments (ASI) has appointed Danielle Welsh-Rose as its ESG investment director with regional responsibilities, aiming to strengthen its Australian and Asia-Pacific ESG capabilities.
Her role, Aberdeen reported, is to be an advocate for the importance of ESG capabilities with clients and potential clients across the region, as well as support the integration of ESG factors into the company’s investment decision-making in Australia.
Ms Welsh-Rose has more than 17 years’ experience in ESG leadership roles and has joined Aberdeen from the Victorian Funds Management Consultation, where she was head of ESG.
In her new position, Ms Welsh-Rose will report to Euan Stirling, ASI’s Edinburgh-based global head of stewardship and ESG investment as well as Brett Jollie, managing director for the company’s Australian arm.
Aberdeen has claimed its global ESG team is one of the largest in the asset management industry, with around 20 professionals in its division and a further 30 specialists supporting its investment professionals across asset classes.
Mr Stirling commented the ESG investment team is growing in importance as Aberdeen continues to move environmental, social and governance considerations further up the investment agenda in the Asia-Pacific region.
“Regionally as well as globally, we are committed to integrating ESG factors into all of our investment decisions because we believe that will ultimately generate the best long-term, risk-adjusted returns for our clients,” he said.
“Achieving this objective involves bespoke research and many engagements with companies and assets we own directly. With Danielle’s depth of knowledge and experience, she is a strong addition to the team and will be invaluable in helping develop our influence for good in Australia and further afield.”
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