Thursday, May 12, 2011

Sustainalytics announces European expansion

ESG research firm Sustainalytics is expanding into northern Europe, today announcing the hiring of Liz Wirth as Senior Responsible Investment Advisor, Nordic Region. Wirth will be based in Copenhagen, Denmark.

“Sustainalytics has long served the financial community throughout northern Europe and Scandinavia,” says Michael Jantzi, CEO, Sustainalytics. “Liz’s presence there continues our commitment to provide clients access to global responsible investment solutions that are informed by the conditions and subtleties of the local markets. Liz’s mainstream capital markets experience, combined with her sustainability background and skill set, position her nicely to support clients who integrate environmental, social and governance factors into their investment decision-making processes and initiatives.”

Wirth was an economist and commodity price specialist for the Bank of Canada and spent nearly 10 years as a senior economist and financial strategist with the Bank of Montreal. She will be responsible for client services within the Nordic markets as well as Sustainalytics’ stock market indexes, including the STOXX Global ESG Leaders Indices, S&P/TSX Clean Technology Index and the Jantzi Social Index.

“The Nordic countries are leaders in responsible investment, each with their own signature,” said Wirth in a news release. “I am pleased to be working with investors in the different regions to leverage our global research and expertise to meet their responsible investment objectives.”

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