A Sustainable Investment Consultant is a financial professional who specializes in the development of portfolios with fossil-free investments. They are members of the National Network of Sustainable Investment Professionals and are frequent speakers on impact investing topics. They work with both asset management companies and index providers to develop sustainable portfolios. Andy Walsh has 20 years of experience in ESG research and business development. Previously, he served as the head of sustainability research at Group La Francaise and was the managing director of Innovest Strategic Value Advisors, where he helped build a team.
The Investment Consultants Sustainability Working Group is a collaboration of 14 institutional investment consulting firms. The coalition was inspired by its U.K. counterparts and seeks to foster the adoption of sustainable investment practices in the US. The coalition’s founding members include Meketa Investment Group and Aon Hewitt Investment Consulting. In addition to the three founding members, the coalition includes Aon Hewitt Investment Consulting, Callan, Segal Marco Advisors, and Willis Towers Watson. The group aims to develop and promote sustainable investment practices that will benefit both asset owners and beneficiaries of investments.
If you have strong ethical or environmental values, sustainable investing is the best approach to your investment portfolio. These types of investments will give you positive long-term financial returns and will not compromise your values. The opposite of the growth at any cost mindset, sustainable investors will consider the impact on the environment and social well-being of the companies they are investing in. In fact, they will weigh the financial return against social and environmental benefits. This is why these consultants are often called corporate governance.
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