BNP Paribas Asset Management (BNPP AM) announces the appointment of Jane Ambachtsheer as Global Head of Sustainability. Jane will report to Frédéric Janbon, CEO and Head of Investments of BNP Paribas Asset Management. She will join on August 27 and will be based in Paris.
In her new role, Jane will be responsible for BNPP AM’s overarching approach to sustainability. Together with Helena Viñes-Fiestas, BNPP AM’s Deputy Head of Sustainability, she will lead on sustainability related research, Environmental Social and Governance (ESG) integration, engagement, advocacy and governance. Jane will also manage BNPP AM’s overall corporate social responsibility (CSR).
Frederic Janbon, CEO of BNP Paribas Asset Management comments:
“We are very proud to welcome Jane. As a seasoned professional who is recognised globally as a leading influencer in responsible investment, Jane adds outstanding expertise to a central pillar of BNPP AM’s strategy. While we continue to strengthen our commitment to long term investing as well as acting as a responsible firm, having Jane on board will definitely accelerate the path to achieve our goals as a leading player in sustainable finance.”
Jane was previously Partner and Chair of Responsible Investment at Mercer, where she oversaw the strategy for the Responsible Investment team and advised investors around the world. Jane has spent over 20 years in the investment industry, with a focus on responsible investment since 2003, after joining Mercer as an investment analyst in 2000.
Jane was consultant to the United Nations through the development of the Principles for Responsible Investment (PRI), which are now supported by more than 1,800 signatories representing $70 trillion in assets. She is involved in a large number of industry initiatives, including as a Trustee of Carbon Disclosure Project, a member of the Financial Stability Board Task Force on Climate-related Financial Disclosures, and a member of the PRI Academic Working Group. Jane is also an Adjunct Professor at the University of Toronto, and a Research Affiliate at the University Oxford Smith School of Enterprise and the Environment.
Jane holds a Master of Social Science from the University of Amsterdam and a Bachelor of Economics and English literature with honors from York University.
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About BNP Paribas Asset Management
BNP Paribas Asset Management is the investment management arm of BNP Paribas, one of the world’s major financial institutions. Managing and advising on assets of EUR 568 billion as at 31 March 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 500 investment professionals and around 400 client servicing specialists, BNP Paribas Asset Management serves individual, corporate and institutional investors in 72 countries around the world. Since 2002, BNP Paribas Asset Management has been a major player in sustainable and responsible investing. For more information, please visit bnpparibas-am.com.
About BNP Paribas Asset Management’s responsible investment approach
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 2017, BNPP AM managed nearly EUR 35 billion of assets in SRI strategies.