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Michael Viehs

Michael Viehs

Head of ESG Integration

Michael is responsible for ESG integration for all public-market equity and credit funds managed at the firm. This involves advising investment and stewardship teams on integration and ensuring that incisive ESG, sustainability and engagement information is available. Through research, he also proves the long-term value-add from ESG and engagement integration.

Michael participates in a range of industry groups

  • PRI – Member of the Academic Network Advisory Committee
  • Sustainability Accounting Standards Board – Member of the European Working Group
  • International Corporate Governance Network – Member of the Shareholder Responsibilities Committee
  • Investment Association – Member of the Fund-level Communications Working Group
  • Carbon Disclosure Project

Michael Viehs joined the international business of Federated Hermes in 2015, initially as part of EOS, and transferred to the Responsibility Office in 2018. He is Head of ESG Integration for all public market equity and credit funds managed from London. As part of that role, he advises the investment and stewardship teams on their integration approach and ensures that they have incisive ESG, sustainability and engagement information at hand to make better investment and engagement decisions for all of our clients. Furthermore, he is responsible for the ESG and stewardship research activities, proving the value-add from engagement and incorporating ESG information in investment decisions. Michael continues to conduct executive- and board-level engagements on environmental, social, governance (ESG), and strategic issues with German publicly-listed corporations.

Prior to this, Michael was Research Director at University of Oxford's Smith School of Enterprise and the Environment. His work on responsible investment, corporate governance, and stewardship has been published in Corporate Governance: An International Review and Annals of Social Responsibility. Amongst others, he is co-author of the widely recognised study “From the Stockholder to the Stakeholder – How Sustainability Can Drive Financial Outperformance” and contributed a chapter on active ownership to the recently published book Re-Imagining Capitalism (Oxford University Press) edited by Dominic Barton, Dezsö Horvath, and Matthias Kipping. He has also presented his work on responsible investing at several high-profile academic and industry conferences around the world.

Michael holds a BSc, MSc and PhD from Maastricht University, School of Business and Economics.