ESG Strategic Projects
Why do you enjoy your job?
I enjoy the potential to power positive change in my role and approach the investment process through an ESG lens.
Aviva Investors believes that ESG- Environmental, Social, Governance- factors are material to the long-term value and returns of portfolios. ESG is therefore a fundamental consideration in how we manage investments on behalf of our clients.
I am passionate about contributing to combat the multitude of issues we face as a global community. Looking at an environmental example, it is imperative that in 2020 global emissions need to peak, then decline at a ratee of 7% year-on-year proceeding that peak in order to combat the key global risk that is climate change. Within my role, I get exposure to how climate-related risk is being integrated into investment decisions, and the modelling behind our European Equity Climate transition fund.
What is the most challenging thing about your job?
The biggest challenge I have faced within my role is building my investment knowledge to meet my ESG subject matter knowledge.
I have been able to tackle this challenge through learning on the job, but also being supported by my firm to complete the Investment Management Certificate, giving me a foundation of knowledge to build from throughout my career.
How did you get into your job?
I studied Politics and International Relations at University of Nottingham, graduating in July 2019. Throughout my degree I studied topics that are directly linked to ESG factors including; climate change ethics, ethnic conflict and the development issue of the international political economy. This gave me a foundation knowledge in understanding ESG factors.
However, as a humanities student, I did not have the traditional economics background which is stereotypically the necessary requirement to enter the investment management industry. Investment20/20 gave me the opportunity to enter the industry through an alternative recruitment stream, with a different perspective.
How would you sum up your Investment20/20 experience?
Smashing the stereotypes that hinder the investment management industry.