Apex Fund Services has appointed a group global head of ESG product to lead its development strategy.
Amara Goeree joins from Julius Baer where she was head of corporate sustainability and responsible investment. Her previous work includes a role at Robeco SAM where she acted as deputy head of the team responsible for the ESG ratings process for the DJ Sustainability Index.
“Over the course of my career, I’ve seen ESG and sustainable finance develop from a niche and conviction-based topic into a top priority for all investment firms,” Goeree said in a statement.
“It is an incredibly exciting role with a clear opportunity to make an impact.”
The appointment comes as Apex announces the launch of its new ratings and analytics product, Apex Greenlight Ratings. Greenlight evaluates global privately held companies, which it claims offers “unprecedented access to a previously opaque asset class.”
“This new framework will pave the way for all types of companies, across all industries, to understand and accurately assess their ESG contribution,” Goeree explained. “Apex, with its existing broad range of financial services and technologies offers the right platform.”
“Greenlight will deliver insights into private companies that investors were unable to access previously,” said Peter Hughes, founder and chief executive officer at Apex Group.
“This product is just the start of the ESG revolution we hope to pioneer across financial services, enabling us to make a positive impact on the world. We envision a future in which a company’s ESG score is as important as its credit score, and we are thrilled to welcome Amara to the team to help drive this change.”