EdenTree Investment Management has added two members to its responsible investment advisory panel – an external panel of senior financial, environmental and business figures.
Annette Fergusson, an independent consultant and director of Threefold (Sustainable Advisory Services), brings more than 25 years of experience of working in sustainability and human rights. She advises companies, industry associations and non-governmental organisations on a wide range of human rights issues including digital rights, children’s rights and labour standards. She was previously Vodafone Group’s head of sustainable business and led the company’s human rights programme for more than 10 years.
“At a time when the ESG community is being challenged and managers’ green credentials are being put to test, we are delighted to be welcomed onto EdenTree’s advisory board,” Ferguson said.
EdenTree has also added Paul Simpson, an adviser to organisations focused on accelerating the transition to a net-zero economy, who co-founded the Carbon Disclosure Project. Simpson received an OBE for services tackling climate change in the 2022 Honours List. He initiated the Science Based Targets initiative in 2014 and has held board positions with SBTi, We Mean Business, EIRIS, The Investor Agenda and the Climate Disclosure Standards Board (now part of the International Sustainability Standards Board).
“Today ESG and the transition to a net-zero economy have become a mainstream consideration for all financial institutions. I am therefore delighted to join the advisory panel of EdenTree, a pioneer of ESG investment,” Simpson said.
Andy Clark (pictured), CEO at EdenTree, added: “We’re excited to bring Annette and Paul on board at a time when the industry is facing more scrutiny than ever and expert knowledge in responsible and sustainable investing is more critical than ever.”