Manulife AM names ESG chief

Manulife AM names ESG chief

Toronto-headquartered Manulife Asset Management has appointed Emily Chew as global head of Environmental, Social and Corporate Governance (ESG) Research and Integration.

Based in Hong Kong, Chew reports to Peter Mennie, senior managing director and global head of Investment Risk and Quantitative Analytics.

“In this new role for our firm, Emily will serve as the primary lead on ESG. She will engage with companies in which we are invested to discuss ESG issues, report on conclusions to portfolio managers, and articulate our approach to ESG with clients,” said Mennie.

“In addition, she will be responsible for oversight of ESG research globally, setting strategic direction for Manulife Asset Management,” he added.

Most recently, Chew was head of ESG Research for Asia-Pacific at MSCI. Formerly, she was a capital markets lawyer with Baker & McKenzie in Melbourne with a focus on funds management, capital raisings, and REITs.

Manulife Asset Management signed the United Nations’ principles for responsible investment in 2015.

As of 30 June 2016, assets under management of Manulife Asset Management reached around C$435bn (€303bn).