FundQuest Advisor invests in sustainability analyst

The fund selector arm of BNP Paribas Asset Management has broadened its sustainability expertise once more

BNP Paribas Asset Management subsidiary FundQuest Advisor has bolstered its talent in sustainability research, with the appointment of a new analyst in its Fund Selection Team.

Camille Ferron will focus on “extra-financial” fund analysis such as scrutiny of external managers’ responsible investment processes, the company said in a press statement.

Reporting to Isabelle Tillier, head of Fund Selection, Ferron will work with Claire Coquard, head of Sustainability, and FundQuest Advisor’s analyst team in London and Paris, to provide qualitative assessments of funds’ extra-financial characteristics while also promoting customised sustainable services.

“We were one of the first fund selectors to apply sustainability rankings at both management company level and fund level,” explained FundQuest Advisor’s Isabelle Tillier.

“As clients increasingly focus on the environmental, social and governance footprint of the funds in which they invest, Camille’s expertise, coupled with Claire Coquard’s experience, will be invaluable as we continue to expand our capabilities in this area.”

Ferron previously worked at ESG research group Vigeo Eiris, where her areas of focus included the evaluation of green, social and sustainable bonds. She was also tasked with rating the ESG performance of a range of conventional and alternative assets, while assisting investors in implementing responsible investment strategies.

FundQuest Advisor’s new recruit has a rich educational background, and is a social sciences graduate of the Ecole Normale Supérieure de Cachan with a Master’s degree in Environmental, Energy and Sustainable Development Economics from the Ecole des Hautes Etudes en Sciences Sociales (EHESS).

FundQuest Advisor first incorporated “extra-financial” criteria into its fund selection process back in 2014. It has developed a proprietary scoring system which can be applied to all asset classes, funds and management companies to offer systematic and comparable rankings.