The International business of Federated Hermes has appointed Gemma Corrigan as Head of Policy and Advocacy, based in London. She will work within its Responsibility Office and report to Leon Kamhi, Head of Responsibility.
Gemma will develop and lead the implementation of the firm’s advocacy programme. Drawing on her significant public sector experience, she will engage with external stakeholders to advocate for industry progress on all sustainability issues including climate change, human capital management, corporate governance and how the investment industry can better serve its clients and their investors.
Together with Leon, she will develop the firm’s responsibility policy and climate change strategy and oversee and support its implementation across all our business activities and ensuring their alignment to the firm’s commitment to sustainable wealth creation for investors.
The International business of Federated Hermes has a strong advocacy track record, having played an integral role in the development of and later becoming a founding signatory of the UN Principles for Responsible Investment in 2006. It acts as chair for the FCA-PRA Climate Financial Risk Forum’s Disclosures Working Group, as well as the UK chapter of the Partnership for Carbon Accounting Financials (PCAF). The business engaged extensively with the FRC during its revision process of the UK Stewardship Code, helping to shape a rigorous and ambitious Code demonstrative of the UK as leaders in the field.
Gemma joins from the World Economic Forum, where she was a Senior Economist and Lead for the Sustainable Markets Initiative, which aims to accelerate an industry-wide transition to sustainable markets and rapid decarbonisation. She has worked previously at the United Nations and the United States Embassy and holds degrees from both Columbia University and the London School of Economics.
Leon Kamhi, Head of Responsibility at the International business of Federated Hermes, said: “Gemma has a strong multidisciplinary background which covers ESG, public policy and sustainability amongst many other things. She has a wealth of experience driving complex and ambitious initiatives, all of which will be enormously valuable to us in our continued efforts to demonstrate and drive positive change within our industry. Gemma will be a great asset to our team and we look forward to working with her.”
Gemma Corrigan said: “I am delighted to be joining the International business of Federated Hermes at such a pivotal time for responsible investment. Federated Hermes has a long and successful track record of driving real change across the investment industry by way of their stewardship, advocacy and policy programmes, and look forward to building upon this to accelerate the transition to a more sustainable world and global economy.”