INVESTMENT INDUSTRY INITIATIVES
- The Emerging Market Disclosure Project (EMDP), an international initiative led by representatives from Boston Common Asset Management, Calvert Investments, and US SIF's International Working Group (IWG),
has been working since 2008 to assess and improve corporate
environmental, social and governance (ESG or sustainability) reporting
in emerging markets.
- EMDP has benefited from technical advisory support from the Principles for Responsible Investment (www.unpri.org), has conducted several baseline studies, engaged companies and won important victories on ESG reporting along the way.
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"Graham brings energy, ideas and networks for solutions to complex challenges linking good business practice with good development practice. He is an exceptional facilitator of expert panels and groups of diverse stakeholders." Manager, international financing facility, international organization, Geneva.
"Graham is as passionate about sustainability as he is about emerging markets and the African continent in particular. He is a very hard worker who sets about his taskas with enthusiaism and creativity.Those qualities were instrumental in ensuring a sizeable contingent of signatories to the Initiative in South Africa within a relatively short space of time. His skills and drive will be sorely missed."
CEO, PRI signatory organization.
"For many investors, getting to grips with ESG issues in emerging markets is a top priority. Graham's work at PRI was crucial in encouraging new partnerships in diverse markets for this valuable work." Executive Director, foremost responsible investment organization in Asia and former i-banking analyst.
“Graham has been the driving force behind the PRI in EM Working Group, bringing the necessary expertise, energy and ingenuity to mobilise a group of interested asset managers and asset owners and stimulate collaborative action. His commitment, along with his convening and facilitation skills, will make him a great asset for future employers.” - SRI Analyst & PRI Coordinator, global asset manager, Paris, France.
“Graham is one of those people whom you will rarely meet in life. He is someone who you will almost immediately admire for his obvious love for, and knowledge of, his subject area. He is someone with whom you will quickly become close friends because of his truly genuine and welcoming nature. And, most meaningful of all, he is someone for whom your respect will only grow the longer that you know him based on his commitment to his personal and professional passions, not to mention for his true commitment to yours as well.” - Policy Advisor, US Secretary of State Office, Washington DC, USA.
“I have met Graham in its role as project director for the PRI. Graham is focused on his objectives and extremely professional. I look forward to work with him again.” - Managing Director, Hedge Fund-of-Funds, Zurich, Switzerland
“Graham is a bright, talented and knowledgeable individual. His passion
and enthusiasm for the UN PRI work was inspiring. Graham is
results-oriented and an effective communicator. It was a pleasure
working with him.” - Asset consultant, leading global asset consulting firm, Portland, Oregon, USA.
“Graham's energy, networking and strategic thinking has helped the UN Principles for Responsible Investment build incredible momentum in non-traditional financial centres.” - Project Manager, PRI, Sydney, Australia.
“Graham was extremely helpful in steering Harvard Business School students with expertise in CSR. As a co-VP for CSR among MBAs at Harvard Business School, I strongly recommend tapping into Graham should you need any insights in CSR or social responsible investments.” - global industry analyst, major US asset manager, Boston, USA.
“Graham served as a strategic adviser to a large US Asset manager as we worked together on developing their sustainable investment strategy. He provided on-going support to their internal team and served as a knowledgable and helpful sounding board as their staff tried to move the sustainablity 'file' forward.” - Analyst, global ESG services vendor, Boston, USA.
“Graham is an enthusiastic, positive and innovative individual who is focused on progress and change. His energy is infectious. - index manager, global ESG services vendor, Boston, USA.
“Graham is a delightful and hard-working colleague. He teaches on the CSR graduate programme I lead at the University of Geneva and has been getting better every year. He is ready to take criticism and advice in a non-combatative, mature and friendly way. He is truly an expert in his field and I would highly recommend him for teaching, advising and as a colleague. My fortune to have met such a brilliant person who, no doubt, will be a future leader of many important concerns.” - professor and co-ordinator, CSR executive education programme, Washington DC USA and Geneva, Switzerland.
“Graham has a passion for Responsible Investing & Sustainability and
as Chair of the Prudential Assets Working Group [PAWG] he brings this
unique passion and energy to the group.
With his focus and dedication to the sustainability cause, he manages to
bring his valuable insights from various experiences in developed
markets and always manages to apply this to the South African context.
He is a valuable and respected member of the Prudential Assets Working
Group.” - analyst, ESG asset manager and colleague, ASISA, Cape Town, South Africa.
“Graham worked on the ATNI project as external advisor and his insight enabled the project to develop from concept to implementation. He is a creative thinker with an out-of-the-box approach that was key for this project. Last but not least, he is a good team worker and fun to work with!” - Project team member: communications, international organization, Geneva, Switzerland.
“Graham is an exceptional professional in all that he does. His work is
at the crossroads of business intelligence, finance and investments and
sustainability. His ability to clarify objectives and execute on
solutions has demonstrated the fruitful success of the business case for
sustainability.” - Director and Senior ESG Analyst, global asset management arm of major European bank, New York, NY USA.
“Graham is passionate and committed to Responsible Investment. I first became aware of Graham in his UN PRI role. More recently I have worked with Graham on the ASISA Prudential Assets Working Group. The group is working to improve collaboration and consensus in the investment industry on material Responsible Investment issues. A recent important result was the South African Treasury accepting and integrating into Regulation 28 of the Pension Funds Act, a recommendation from the work group that trustees of Pension Funds should consider material ESG issues for all asset classes. It has been a pleasure to work with Graham.” - Senior Investment Analyst, active ownership ESG asset management firm and colleague, ASISA, Cape Town, South Africa.