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ESG and responsible investment

Environmental, Social and Corporate Governance (ESG) issues are as important to AMP Capital as they are to you. That is why we have established a dedicated team of ESG specialists. But they do not sit on the sideline calling out advice. They are embedded across the business, working with our investment teams. It is an invaluable discipline that helps identify risks and opportunities that otherwise might be hidden.

A decade of experience has shown these factors can directly impact on the performance of your clients’ portfolios. So, of course, we were amongst the first to sign on to the Principles for Responsible Investment in 2007. It is also why we don’t hold back when exercising voting rights in shareholder meetings. We believe understanding ESG factors leads to better decisions for everyone.

Our credentials

Investment philosophy and policy guidelines

Investment philosophy and policy guidelines

We believe there are links between an organisation’s environmental and social impacts, the quality of its corporate governance, and its long-term business success.  With more than a decade of experience integrating ESG factors in our decision-making, our key motivation is to gain a deeper insight into risks and opportunities that materially impact the value and performance of investments.  View our ESG philosophy and policy guidelines.

Governance and proxy voting

Governance and proxy voting

AMP Capital is at the forefront of corporate governance initiatives both in our own operations and in our decision-making practices, and employs dedicated resources for this focus. This involves monitoring and engaging with companies on key aspects of their corporate governance and submitting considered proxy votes on specific matters.

ESG research and resources

ESG research and resources

For more than a decade AMP Capital has been a pioneer in the ESG space.  One of the first managers to genuinely integrate ESG research into investment decisions, our team has accumulated proprietary knowledge and experience in analysing and integrating ESG issues across a range of asset classes. View our latest ESG research, case studies and insights.

How we apply ESG

How we apply ESG

As a signatory to the Principles for Responsible Investment since April 2007, and in line with our ESG philosophy, we are committed to extending responsible investment and ESG integration activities across all asset classes.

Collaborative initiatives

Collaborative initiatives

As a ‘whole of universe’ investor and large owner of companies and assets, on behalf of clients, AMP Capital has a stake in the effective operation and sustainability of the broader economy, society, the integrity and transparency of markets, good governance and business conduct. We actively collaborate with other stakeholders through a variety of industry initiatives to improve corporate governance standards, improve transparency and disclosure and encourage responsible investment practices through the integration of ESG issues.

Risk management

Risk management

Proprietary in-house ESG research from one of Australia’s most highly regarded teams provides genuine investment insight and a broader view on risk and opportunity. These insights also inform our active engagement with investee companies and assets on ESG topics.

The team

Dr Ian Woods
Dr Ian Woods
Head of ESG Investment Research
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Dr Ian Woods
Head of ESG Investment Research
PhD Chem Eng
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Dr Ian Woods joined AMP Capital in December 2000, and since that time has focussed on how the issues of sustainability and ESG relate to financial investment and the investment risks. Dr Woods’ background is in environmental and risk consulting both in Asia/Pacific region and Europe. Ian assesses the management of intangible assets of companies on the Australian Securities Exchange through the assessment of governance ESG issues and in engaging with these companies in the areas of corporate social responsibility and sustainability.

Dr Woods also undertakes assessment of greenhouse gas risk issues for the wider AMP Capital Investment teams and has undertaken a number of studies in this area.

Adam Kirkman
Adam Kirkman
Head of ESG
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Adam Kirkman
Head of ESG
B.Sc (Hons) MEL MAICD
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Adam, as Head of Environment, Social and Governance based in the Managing Director’s Office, is responsible for building upon the strong foundation AMP Capital has set in adopting the UN Principles for Responsible Investment and integrating ESG considerations. His role includes facilitating continued implementation of responsible investment practices in all asset classes including listed equities, infrastructure, property, fixed income and credit. Adam also engages with other Australian companies on ESG issues and supports the implementation of environmental targets for the broader AMP group.

Adam has extensive international expertise in ESG issues. Prior to joining AMP Capital, Adam led risk advisory practices in global management consulting and professional services firms and was also program manager for Energy and Climate Change at the World Business Council for Sustainable Development in Geneva.

Karin Halliday
Karin Halliday
Senior Manager, Corporate Governance
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Karin Halliday
Senior Manager, Corporate Governance
ASIA, AASA
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Karin Halliday was appointed to her current position with AMP Capital in May 2000. She is responsible for determining how AMP Capital votes on behalf of the firm and its clients, at all meetings held by the Australian companies in which AMP Capital invests. In doing so, Karin also monitors various aspects of corporate governance in many Australian companies. Before taking on her current role, Karin was Investment Manager within the Specialist Funds Team at AMP Capital Investors for two years.

Prior to this Karin had a range of Portfolio Management roles within AMP Capital Investors between June 1987 and June 1998, where she managed a wide range of Australian based share trusts and was responsible the Australian and international share component of a range of separately managed portfolios. Karin joined AMP in January 1984. Karin has more than 29 years of experience in the industry.

Kristen Le Mesurier
Kristen Le Mesurier
Senior ESG Analyst, Investment Research
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Kristen Le Mesurier
Senior ESG Analyst, Investment Research
B Com, B Laws (Hons), Commerce and Law
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Kristen joined the ESG Investment Research Team in October 2015 with responsibility for the analysis of ESG issues and sustainability drivers across a number of sectors, as well as company engagement on ESG practises at the board level. Kristen has a diverse background with experience across ESG research and corporate governance, sell-side investment advisory and commercial litigation.

Kristen joined AMP Capital from APP Securities, where she was Associate Director, Financials on the institutional desk, providing sell-side research to large institutions on banks, insurers and diversified financials. Prior to this, Kristen was a Senior Analyst with Ownership Matters, a corporate governance advisory firm where her clients included large fund managers. Before entering the investment industry, Kristen was a commercial litigator at Piper Alderman and ran large cases in the Supreme and Federal Courts for insurance and transport companies. Kristen started her career as a business journalist with Fairfax, writing on small and mid-cap companies for The Age, The Sydney Morning Herald and BRW. Kristen holds bachelor degrees in Commerce and Law from the University of Sydney and has just completed her Master of Laws at the same institution

 

Richard Stanton
Richard Stanton
ESG Investment Team Assistant Analyst
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Richard Stanton
ESG Investment Team Assistant Analyst
BA (Hons), Economics
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Richard was appointed to his current role of ESG Team Assistant Analyst in January 2015. Prior to joining AMP Capital in 2013 as a Business Operations Manager, Richard worked in a number of roles in both asset management and investment banking.

Richard started work in the financial services industry in 1995 with Standard Chartered in its Treasury team. Since then, Richard has held a number of roles including running the operational side of a hedge fund as well as working in a wide variety of roles in leading financial firms such as Goldman Sachs, HSBC and UBS in both London and Sydney. He holds a Bachelor of Arts (Honours) in Economics from Royal Holloway, University of London. Richard brings solid project management and governance experience to the ESG team.

 

Industry collaboration

As a ‘whole of universe’ investor and large owner of companies and assets, on behalf of clients, AMP Capital has a stake in the effective operation and sustainability of the broader economy, society, the integrity and transparency of markets, good governance and business conduct.

We actively collaborate with other stakeholders through a variety of industry initiatives to improve corporate governance standards, improve transparency and disclosure and encourage responsible investment practices through the integration of ESG issues including:

 

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