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Over the course of our careers, we have shared our perspectives on a variety of topics spanning quantitative investing, data analysis, active management, and industry trends. Most recently, as a CEO and a Head of Sustainable Investing for a pioneering quantitative asset manager, our insights have focused on the intersection between ESG principles and investment ideas, and the importance of diversity and developing a sustainable culture.

As colleagues for almost two decades and long-standing members of the asset management community, we have become passionate advocates for these important developments and their influence on investment strategies and the industry as a whole.  We believe it is our collective responsibility to promote sustainable practices in the companies in which we collectively invest and to direct investments toward purposeful outcomes.

Some examples of media coverage of our views on ESG and diversity from 2017 to present are also provided below.

ESG insights

“We see biodiversity occupying the same space as climate did five or even 10 years ago. A large swathe of investors…have woken up to the fact that biodiversity underlies our economy in ways that many never stopped to imagine.”

OPTO CMC – ‘Biodiversity: The Next Big Focus for Investors?’ 

“ESG is probably the single most important change to asset management.”

OPTO Perspectives – ‘Heidi Ridley on ESG’ 

“Every industry will be impacted by climate change in some way. This is why it’s more critical than ever that investors think through its impacts and understand where future demand for products will reside.”

CNBC.com – ‘Investing in the Age of Accelerating Climate Change’ 

“…WE SEE CLIMATE CHANGE—AND ITS ANCILLARY IMPACT ON PRODUCTION, ON HUMAN CAPITAL, ON EVEN BIG THINGS LIKE MIGRATION OR ECONOMIC PARTICIPATION—AS BEING MUCH MORE IMPORTANT GOING FORWARD THAN IT HAS BEEN IN THE PAST.”

Waters Technology – ‘End of Days Data: Climate Content Heats Up’ 

“OUR ARGUMENT IS ECONOMIC, AND IS AS FOCUSED ON UPSIDE AS DOWNSIDE… SOME ESG METRICS POINT US TOWARD OPPORTUNITIES FOR JOBS AND GDP GROWTH WHILE ALSO HELPING MITIGATE CLIMATE CHANGE.”

Markets Media – ‘Economic Upside of ESG’ 

ESG “FITS WELL WITH OUR LONG-TERM PHILOSOPHY, EVEN IN OUR SMART BETA STRATEGIES, WE ARE NOT LOOKING FOR SHORT TERM FACTORS.”

FT.com – ‘ESG Investing and Smart Beta Combination Grows in Popularity’

“WE BELIEVE THAT ESG INFORMATION IS ECONOMIC IN NATURE; IT HELPS ORIENT US TOWARD COMPANIES THAT ARE USING THEIR RESOURCES WELL – HUMAN, PHYSICAL, AND TECHNOLOGICAL – AND AWAY FROM THOSE WHO ARE NOT IN STEP WITH LONG-HORIZON TRENDS.”

IPE – ‘AXA IM’s Quant Arm (Rosenberg Equities) Nets CalPERS Mandate’ 

“THE COMBINATION OF FACTOR-LED INVESTING AND SDG ALIGNMENT ARE THE KEYS TO BUILDING STRATEGIES THAT CAN WEATHER MARKET STORMS WHILE STILL MAINTAINING POSITIONS IN COMPANIES THAT WILL BENEFIT FROM LONG-RUN MARKET FORCES.”

Institutional Asset Manager – ‘Total Return to Overshadow Index Approach’

“…THE DIVESTMENT-LED APPROACH TARGETING POINT-IN-TIME, ABSOLUTE CARBON INTENSITIES IGNORES THE POTENTIAL WINNERS OF A FUTURE LOW-CARBON ECONOMY. IT TREATS ALL POLLUTERS THE SAME INSTEAD OF SEEKING OUT THOSE THAT ARE EVOLVING.”

Adviser Voice – ‘Investors Need to Look for Carbon Footpath’

“WHY SHOULD INVESTORS PARK THEIR VALUES AT THE DOOR WHEN THEY GO INTO PUBLIC EQUITIES?  WE SHOULD HELP THEM EMPLOY THE STRENGTH OF THE BROAD PUBLIC EQUITY MARKET.”

Nordsip – ‘The Power of SDGs, Quants, and Public Markets’ 

Diversity insights

“By focusing on other dimensions of diversity like race…sexual identity…class, the fear is that we’re going to take our foot off the accelerator on gender, which is then going to stall progress.  I don’t believe this is true, and in fact, our economic arguments are only strengthened when we maintain allegiance to diversity itself, as opposed to gender more narrowly.”

FundFire – ‘Girls Who Invest Aims to Boost Minority Groups in Asset Management Program’

“While disclosure on the part of companies is not a substitute for action, it will allow for a baseline understanding of where the corporate world stands today with respect to racial diversity – an important step in achieving both economic and societal goals.”

OPTO CMC – ‘Why Corporations’ Disclosure of Race Data is an Economic as well as a Moral Imperative’

“We argue that culture — specifically one which promotes an inclusive environment — can be a bridge between diversity and inclusion aspirations and tangible results.”

OPTO CMC – ‘A Compelling Case for Inclusive Culture’

“Leadership is facing a paradigm shift; The leaders of tomorrow will need to bring new skills and a new mindset.”

Women in Asset Management Interview – ‘How Leadership and Asset Management is Evolving’

creative and flexible approach to DEI, anchored on a culture of inclusion, will allow firms to carry forward programmes that are working well, while also welcoming new initiatives that are specifically targeted to this period of uncertainty.”

ESG Clarity – ‘Three Ways to Improve Company Culture Post-Pandemic’

“if we’re to work to improve organisational diversity, we need to start with data.”

Diversity Q – ‘Should Corporate Diversity be Mandated?’

“A truly inclusive culture actively rejects ‘group think’ and is not only comfortable with dissent but requires it.”

ESG Clarity – ‘The Power of Culture: Steps for Diversity & Inclusion Success’

“[My background] provided me with a good perspective on the importance of diversity, not just male and female but different cultures and people, their lives and viewpoints.”

FTfm – ‘Face to Face with CEO Heidi Ridley’

“We can confidently say that, historically, higher diversity ‘today’ has translated into higher return on equity ‘tomorrow’.”

Australian Institute of Company Directors – ‘Diversifying Your Board Could Lead to Better Performance’ 

“I don’t think we should accept companies doing the bare minimum, in other words appointing a threshold number of women onto their boards and in doing so not really addressing the core problem. The problem is an economic one: our research shows groupthink leads to stagnancy and worse economic outcomes…”

KangaNews – ‘The Diversity Dividend’

“We see the benefits on a daily basis of employing colleagues from different backgrounds. [This] percolates into problem-solving processes which have proved very beneficial for clients.”

Financial Times – ‘Harvard Study Questions Benefits of Fund Manager Diversity’

“…diversity is not just a “nice to have” but instead a “must have” for firms facing the most intense market competition.”

PI Online – ‘Gender Diversity as a Driver of Sustainable Profitability’

“Look at the culture of the company and the programmes it promotes,” says Ms Ridley. “Is it committed to diversity, does it help parents re-enter the workplace and offer good work-life balance and flexibility?” In her experience, women will respond to welcome gestures of support from employers by working harder. “It’s amazing how these things work in terms of retention.”

FT.com – ‘What Stage of a Career is the Best Time to Have Children?’

“Organisational diversity and the policies and practices that make it manifest are associated with greater employee retention, greater productivity, ability to attract new talent, and improved innovation and problem solving – through a reduction in ‘group think’.”

DiversityQ – ‘Should Corporate Diversity be Mandated?’

“Importantly, both are stories of people with immense passion for something, who embrace challenges with determination and commitment and achieve success with authenticity and humility.”

Business Insider – ‘24 Books Wall Streeters Think Everyone Should Read’

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