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Watson Wyatt boosts its SRI research

By Christine St Anne
2 minute read

Greater focus on responsible investing and governance as firm hires consultant to its team.

Global consulting firm Watson Wyatt has hired Jane Goodland to the global manager research team where she will focus on socially responsible investing (SRI).

"Jane is another great hire for us and brings with her valuable experience particularly in the area of environmental, social and governance (ESG) factors," Watson Wyatt, principal and senior investment consultant Graeme Miller said.

Goodland previously worked for HSBC group investment businesses. She has also worked with the sustainable and responsible investment team at Henderson Global Investors.

She is based in London and reports to the global head of manager research, Craig Baker.

The firm has also released a research report on sustainable investments. The report looks at ESG issues and how it affects the value and future profitability of a company.

"Superannuation funds need more confidence that broader considerations such as ESG issues are consistent with their requirement to act in the best financial interests of their members," Miller said.

In Australia SRI investment grew by more than 50 per cent in 2006 to reach $7.1 billion, according to the Watson Wyatt report.