abrdn launches Americas sustainability institute

Team will develop sustainable investment products and offerings in the region

abrdn has launched the Sustainability Institute Americas, which will be led by Fionna Ross.

Modeled on the firm’s sustainability institute in Asia Pacific launched last year, it will develop sustainable investment products and offerings in the Americas. And according to abrdn, the institute will “leverage abrdn’s global perspective in influencing issues that affect the firm’s clients and engagement with invested companies.”

Ross, sustainability investment specialist and head of the sustainability institute, Americas, has been at the firm for 14 years. She has spent a number of those years developing abrdn’s ESG frameworks and approach to engagement for the Americas. Most recently Ross’ role was senior ESG analyst for abrdn’s US equities franchise.

Amanda Young, abrdn chief sustainability officer, investments said: “We are proud to bring our institute model to the Americas, and Fionna’s appointment is a testament to abrdn’s sustainability heritage.

“She has built years-long relationships and reputation among our colleagues, clients and external stakeholders. Her expertise and unique perspective of the US market make her a natural choice to lead this important launch.”

Ralph Bassett, head of investments, Americas added: The formation of the institute and appointment of Fionna signals our commitment to strive for best-in-class thought leadership as well as capabilities in the Americas to help our clients navigate an increasingly complex landscape with authenticity and transparency.”