ESG research provider Sustainalytics has added a former corporate responsibility lead from Colonial First State as its new head of Australasia and director of client relations.
In her new role, Jodie Tapscott will lead the company’s business development activities in Australia by working closely with institutional investors to help them integrate ESG considerations into their investment decision-making processes.
She is reported to bring more than a decade of sustainable investing experience having worked at two Australia wealth management groups and a global asset management firm.
Most recently, Ms Tapscott led the corporate responsibility team at Colonial First State, where she led the development and delivering of the wealth management group’s responsible investment strategy.
She was said to be instrumental in integrating ESG considerations across the company’s investment, risk management and business processes to meet stakeholder expectations.
Prior to that, Ms Tapscott was a senior portfolio manager at AMP Capital Investors, where she oversaw the investment governance of the firm’s suite of investment and superannuation platforms.
Sustainalytics executive vice-president of client relations, Diederik Timmer said sustainable investing continues to gain significant momentum in Australia, and the area is critical for his company.
“Jodie’s appointment aligns with Sustainalytics’ business strategy, which is to onboard professionals with deep experience in the field,” Mr Timmer said.
“Her in-depth knowledge coupled with her strong institutional and industry relationships will help enhance Sustainalytics’ position in Australia.”
Ms Tapscott said Sustainalytics’ ESG expertise and insights are well regarded in Australia.
“I am proud to join a global leader in ESG research and ratings, and I look forward to working closely with our global colleagues and institutional clients to advance the field of sustainable investing,” she said.
Ms Tapscott is currently an advisory committee member for Tobacco Free Portfolios and a member of the Financial Services Council’s ESG working group.
Previously, she was a lead investor in the PRI’s Plastic Investor Working Group.
Sarah Simpkins is a journalist at Momentum Media, reporting primarily on banking, financial services and wealth.
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