AMP Capital expands ESG investment team

AMP Capital will soon have two leaders in its sustainable investment team following a global search for a co-head to work alongside Ian Woods. There's also been an internal promotion.

From November 12, Emily Woodland joins AMP Capital as co-head of sustainable investment. She will be based in Hong Kong and has more than 18 years of investment experience in portfolio management and trading roles.

For the past year Woodland worked for ADM Capital, focusing on sustainable investment programs in Indonesia. She has previously held senior roles at UBS in London and Hong Kong.

From January 1, Adrian Williams becomes ESG director, real estate and listed equities. For the past decade Williams has held senior roles within AMP Capital's real estate business, including head of corporate responsibility and business platform; head of finance and acting chief operating officer.

Earlier this year the institutional investor's senior manager corporate governance Karin Halliday moved from Sydney to London to "support the globalisation of the ESG capability." She has more than 34 years' experience at AMP Capital.

The appointments mark AMP Capital's expanding environmental, social and governance (ESG) capabilities in public markets, the global investment manager said. It increases the size of the sustainable investment team to six.

The team have run the Australian-focused AMP Capital Sustainable Share Fund for more than a decade and supported AMP Capital's public markets teams globally in integrating ESG into their investment processes.

AMP Capital global chief investment officer, equities, David Allen said: "Investing in companies with long-term sustainable business models is an important part of our investment approach across all asset classes."

"More specifically, there is growing demand from clients to be able to invest globally in companies that are changing the world for the better, while also delivering strong long-term financial outcomes. Over time, we aim to help clients meet this need," he said.

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