Feeling proud of your work is what draws many people towards impact investing, according to Matt Christensen, who is speaking from experience.
“My kids don’t necessarily understand what I do but they understand what I’m trying to do,” he tells ESG Clarity.
“When I give demonstrable examples of investments, that’s the moment when it’s clear and I think, that’s why I do all this.”
Christensen heads up Allianz Global Investors’ sustainability and impact offering as a managing director at the firm, a job he was drawn to in part because of the firm’s €5.9bn sustainable and impact private markets fund range.
He has worked in the sustainable investing field for 20 years but started as an outsider. Seeing a job advertised to be a founding executive director at a sustainable investment think tank, he sent in an application, and after a European-wide search, was given a shot.
That think tank is the now influential policy body Eurosif, which, as well as advocacy, helps investors navigate the dynamic landscape of sustainability regulation.