BMO Global AM appoints climate change expert to advisory council

Ben Caldecott joins the firm's responsible investment advisory council.

BMO Global Asset Management has appointed climate change expert Ben Caldecott (pictured) to its responsible investment advisory council (RIAC), as reported by ESG Clarity in the UK.

The RIAC is responsible for maintaining the integrity of the standards by which BMO GAM’s responsible investment funds are run, as well as providing advice on wider ethical and sustainability issues.

Caldecott specialises in environment, energy and sustainability issues, and has held roles including founding director of the Oxford Sustainable Finance Programme at the University of Oxford Smith School of Enterprise and the Environment.

ESG Clarity is also delighted to announce Caldecott will be taking part in a Twitter Q&A for readers in March. More information will be released in due course.

Caldecott founded and co-chairs the Global Research Alliance for Sustainable Finance and Investment, an alliance of global research universities promoting rigorous and impactful academic research on sustainable finance, and will be hosting a Twitter Q&A with ESG Clarity on 18 March 2021 at 2pm GMT.

Kristi Mitchem, CEO of BMO Global Asset Management, said: “We are delighted to welcome Ben to BMO GAM’s responsible investment advisory council. His insights into the role finance can play in addressing critical sustainability issues will complement the existing council members, and we look forward to drawing on his expertise.

“Asset managers have a unique and critical role to play in addressing climate risk, and we remain committed to challenging and expanding our knowledge in support of the transition to net zero.”

Caldecott added: “The allocation of capital is a key lever in speeding up the transition to environmental sustainability. BMO Global Asset Management has a long heritage in responsible investment and I am excited at the prospect of being part of the council’s endeavours.”

Keep an eye out for more information about the Twitter Q&A with Caldecott on 18 March 2021, and make sure to follow @ESGClarity.