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RLAM boosts responsible investment team with the appointment of Head of ESG Research

16th April 2021

Royal London Asset Management (RLAM) announces the appointment of Eli Haroush as Head of ESG Research.

Eli will report into Ashley Hamilton Claxton, Head of Responsible Investment at RLAM. Eli has spent more than 25 years working in investment roles, most recently at APG in the Netherlands where he worked closely with the well-regarded responsible investment team and managed APG’s Global Developed Financials & Real Estate Equities Fund. He has held other investment roles at Fidelity Investments, JP Morgan Investment Management, American Express Asset Management International and Alliance Bernstein.

In the newly created role, Eli will add experience and knowledge to RLAM’s nine-strong responsible investment team and will play a key role in further embedding high quality, bespoke ESG analysis into RLAM’s investment decisions.

Ashley Hamilton Claxton, Head of Responsible Investment at RLAM, commented:

“RLAM has heavily invested in ESG resources in recent years. Eli’s hire is the latest addition to our growing team, and a proof of our long-standing commitment to responsible investment.

“It’s something we know our clients are deeply passionate about, and we have tailored our research, analysis and engagement efforts to focus on issues that are both financially material and important to our clients. We like to focus our intellectual efforts on areas less well covered by the market, seeking to add value by providing our investment teams with bespoke analysis tailored to their funds and clients.

“With the extraordinary interest in responsible investment and ESG, building a high quality team of in-house experts is now more important than ever.”

RLAM recently published a Stewardship and Responsible Investment Report, which showcases RLAM’s commitment to being a good steward of our clients’ assets, working with companies to make them better investments for clients, and using voting rights to give them a voice in the boardroom. RLAM engages with companies on a range of subjects, with the aim of bringing about specific change on the issues that matter most – from climate change to executive pay and diversity.

RLAM has also released its first climate risk report, following the guidelines of the Taskforce on Climate Related Financial Disclosures (TCFD). This comprehensive report goes into detail on RLAM’s approach to managing climate risk, as well as some key climate metrics including the carbon intensity of our assets and the future warming potential of our portfolios.