NTAM Appoints New Head of Sustainable Investing

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Stockholm (NordSIP) – Julie Moret has joined Northern Trust Asset Management (NTAM) as Global Head of Sustainable Investing and Stewardship, a newly created role. Moret will be based in London and lead a team of global ESG specialists constructing sustainable investment solutions and the stewardship team engaging with senior management of portfolio companies to mitigate long-term risks.

Moret joins NTAM from Franklin Templeton, where she was global head of Environmental, Social and Governance (ESG) where she was responsible for the firm’s ESG integration and global product development.

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“Northern Trust has long been a respected and trusted leader in sustainability,” said Moret. “I’ve always admired their depth, the intentionality of their approach in both sustainable investing and stewardship. There’s an authenticity to it and I’m proud to join such a purposeful organization.”

Moret has also served as a member of a number of industry organizations focused on advancing sustainable investment principles and best practices, including the Investor Advisory Group at the Sustainable Accounting Standards Board, ICI’s ESG Working Group and ESMA’s Stewardship, Market Integrity and ESG Investment steering committee.

“Julie brings deep expertise and keen insights in all facets of sustainable investing and stewardship. Her investment acumen and product knowledge span all major asset classes, geographies and industries,” says NTAM President Shundrawn Thomas.  “Her unique combination of skills and experiences will serve as a tremendous asset to all of our key stakeholders including our colleagues, clients and the communities we serve.”

“As the proliferation of ESG strategies has increased exponentially in recent years, investors are increasingly turning to experienced leaders to help them realize their sustainable investing goals,” Thomas adds. “With Julie’s proven experience building a holistic ESG practice and our broad offering of innovative, industry-leading sustainable solutions, I am confident we will continue to help clients achieve their intended investment outcomes.”

NTAM oversees US$1.1 trillion in assets and is provider of ESG Index UCITS funds in Europe. The asset manager is a UNPRI signatory and a founding member of the Climate Action 100+ initiative. NTAM is also a Sustainability Accounting Standards Board (SASB) Investors Advisory Group Member and an official supporter of the Financial Stability Board Task Force on Climate-related Financial Disclosure (TCFD) – a consortium established in 2015 to develop a voluntary, consistent framework for companies to disclose climate-related financial risk to investors and other stakeholders.

 

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