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Director, Head of Small & Mid Cap, Lead Manager of Global Small Cap, Federated Hermes Limited
Hamish is the Head of the Small & Mid Cap team, which he has led since its creation in 2007. He joined in 1995 as co-manager of the UK smaller companies strategies and served as lead manager from January 1997 to April 2010. Since the founding of the team, Hamish has gradually assumed a more global perspective, with oversight of the holdings across all of the team's strategies, and he is now lead manager of the Global Small Cap strategy. In December 2017, he launched the SDG Engagement Equity strategy and became lead portfolio manager in the process. He has a background in credit, having started his career in the energy and natural resources division of NatWest Bank, and later moving to Bankers Trust as a credit analyst covering European corporates. He has a BEng (Hons) in Civil Engineering from Nottingham University and is a former director of the Hermes Group (DB) pension scheme. Hamish also sits on the Governance Group that monitors the company’s (DC) pension scheme.
The philosophy of the SDG Equity Engagement Fund is that we can all do well by doing good. Progress towards, and the attainment of, the UN SDGs is not a zero-sum game; rather, it represents an opportunity to create shareholder value.
The UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) are a universal set of goals, targets and indicators for global development. They have been called a blueprint for changing the world – but how? By ending global poverty, safeguarding the planet and aiming for prosperity for all – all by 2030.
Impact investing and the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) have gained more prominence in the investment industry. Both appeal to investors who are not only sustainability-minded but also performance-driven: they recognise that positive social and environmental outcomes and long-term investment rewards are compatible.