UK funding financial institution Barclays has appointed a brand new international head of environmental, social, governance (ESG) analysis after confirming plans to broaden its ESG analysis capabilities final yr.
Marie Freier takes on the senior place at Barclays after nearly 14 years at Sanford Bernstein the place she was previously head of European product administration for six years and most just lately co-head of European gross sales and international head of ESG.
Primarily based in London and reporting to Rupert Jones, head of European fairness analysis, Freier will lead the mixing of ESG into Barclays’ elementary analysis merchandise for extra collaboration throughout areas and asset lessons.
Barclays prolonged its analysis franchise with a brand new ESG division in March. The financial institution launched Basic ESG Analysis to supply shoppers with multi-dimensional evaluation and analysis experiences on firm ESG efficiency.
“We’re thrilled to have somebody with Marie’s calibre and expertise becoming a member of Analysis and main such a strategically necessary a part of the enterprise,” mentioned Jeff Meli, international head of analysis at Barclays. “Her appointment underscores our dedication to increasing and differentiating our ESG providing for shoppers.”
Barclays acknowledged on the time of the launch of the brand new ESG analysis division, that it enhances its sustainable and thematic, and quantitative portfolio technique groups that additionally present varied analysis experiences on how ESG elements.
Meli added that the transfer would additionally enable the financial institution to discover whether or not the continuing coronavirus pandemic will speed up ESG traits additional.