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FundQuest hires SRI fund selection analyst

Camille Ferron will focus on external managers’ responsible investment processes, BNP Paribas subsidiary said


David Robinson

BNP Paribas Asset Management fund selection subsidiary FundQuest Advisor has appointed a new analyst focused on sustainability research.

Camille Ferron will focus on “extra-financial” fund analysis such as scrutiny of external managers’ responsible investment processes, the group said.

Reporting to Isabelle Tillier, head of Fund Selection, Ferron will work with Claire Coquard, head of Sustainability, and FundQuest Advisor’s analyst team in London and Paris, to provide qualitative assessments of funds’ extra-financial characteristics while also promoting customised sustainable services.

“We were one of the first fund selectors to apply sustainability rankings at both management company level and fund level,” explained FundQuest Advisor’s Isabelle Tillier.

“As clients increasingly focus on the environmental, social and governance footprint of the funds in which they invest, Camille’s expertise, coupled with Claire Coquard’s experience, will be invaluable as we continue to expand our capabilities in this area.”

Ferron previously worked at ESG research group Vigeo Eiris, where her areas of focus included the evaluation of green, social and sustainable bonds. She was also tasked with rating the ESG performance of a range of conventional and alternative assets, while assisting investors in implementing responsible investment strategies.

FundQuest Advisor’s new recruit has a rich educational background, and is a social sciences graduate of the Ecole Normale Supérieure de Cachan with a Master’s degree in Environmental, Energy and Sustainable Development Economics from the Ecole des Hautes Etudes en Sciences Sociales (EHESS).

FundQuest Advisor first incorporated “extra-financial” criteria into its fund selection process back in 2014. It has developed a proprietary scoring system which can be applied to all asset classes, funds and management companies to offer systematic and comparable rankings.

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