Investment consultant of the year: Mercer
The world’s largest investment consulting firm, with $15.5 trillion in assets under advisement, as well as $380 billion in assets under management, has again expanded its sustainable investing advisory team to 24 dedicated specialists located around the world.
Since launching its climate transition advice framework and Analytics for Climate Transition (ACT) tool at the end of 2020 Mercer has assisted more than 25 institutional investors around the globe to better assess their exposures to climate transition risks.
With the aim of supporting institutional investors to integrate environmental, social and governance (ESG) factors as well as systemic issues such as climate change with active ownership into investment decisions, the sustainable investing team consults, on a retainer or a one-off project basis, for a range of clients across pension funds, insurers, endowments, wealth managers and sovereign wealth funds.
The sustainable investing team is also responsible for helping to integrate sustainable investing into the research, advice and tools of the broader Mercer investment business to ensure they have the broadest impact possible.
Mercer’s global manager research team also evaluates more than 4,400 investment manager strategies on the extent to which they integrate ESG factors, on a scale of ESG1 (the highest rating) to ESG4 (the lowest rating).
“We are delighted to win this award again following our recognition in 2021,” said Hill Gaston, UK Head of Sustainable Investment at Mercer. “Mercer has been breaking new ground in sustainable investment for decades – and we continue to innovate for the future, bringing our deep global insights, networks and team resourcesto solving local client needs and help improve their outcomes.
Elsewhere Mercer has committed its Australian portfolios to aligning with net zero emissions by 2050, with an expectation of a 45% reduction by 2030 under its climate transition commitment.