Vincent de Paz, the former senior sustainability manager for Philippines-based China Bank, has joined finance company MSCI Inc as vice president of environmental, social and governance (ESG) and climate projects.
De Paz left China Bank last month after a year with the Philippines’ sixth largest bank.
His new role will involve developing solutions and projects for the growth of ESG and climate business at MSCI. He is tasked to design and improve existing practices and processes, and is expected to create data procurement to support the company’s climate datasets.
He will work closely with a global team of researchers focused on climate-related metrics, including carbon emissions, energy performance, and climate change targets and commitments, using annual and sustainability reports, quantitative data feeds from third-party data providers, news publications, and other company disclosures.
De Paz brings 15 years of experience in sustainability to his post, including having been the environment and sustainability manager at ACEN, the energy platform of the Ayala Group, senior sustainability manager at business process outsourcing firm ADEC Innovations, and environmental and permits superintendent at French industrial company La Farge.
Even in his new role, De Paz will continue his work as a part-time lecturer for sustainability, international business, and innovation subjects at the De La Salle University where he has been teaching business management and entrepreneurship students for close to five years.
De Paz once said to his students: “Future business leaders should learn to communicate sustainability well. Communication is important in creating sustainable impact. Understanding sustainability and its complexities through effective communication is a skill. Just avoid greenwashing, or sustainable development goals (SDG)-washing, or ESG-washing. It’s equally important that you know what you are talking about.”
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