Eastspring Investments hires Stuart Wilson to fill new head of sustainability role

Asia-based asset management firm says it wants to accelerate responsible investment efforts.

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Stuart Wilson will take on the newly created position of Head of Sustainability. Image: Eastspring Investments

Singapore-headquartered asset management firm Eastspring Investments has chosen Stuart Wilson, currently Head of Responsible Investing at Australian pension fund Sunsuper, to head its sustainability team.

Wilson is tasked to build environmental, social and corporate governance (ESG) considerations into investment processes and develop sustainability-themed products.

He will report directly to the chief executive of Eastspring Investments Group, Wai-Kwong Seck, who said that Wilson will help the firm and its parent company, Prudential plc, get to net-zero carbon emissions by 2050.

“I am excited to be joining the Eastspring team and look forward to building on Eastspring’s experience and capabilities in responsible investing, and further incorporating sustainability into the firm’s DNA,” said Wilson.

Eastspring is a signatory to the United Nations-backed Principles for Responsible Investment, which spells out commitments on ESG policies and reporting. Over four-fifths of its SICAV funds, an investment scheme offered across Europe, are recognised by the European Union to promote environmental and social benefits.

The group has operated in Asia since 1994. Last month, it announced a revamped management structure, with new regional chief executives for Asia, Europe and the Americas.

Wilson has a Bachelor of Business degree from the University of Technology, Sydney, and is a certified Chartered Financial Analyst. He is expected to start in his new position on 10 January 2022.

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