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Head of ESG Integration
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.
The award-winning study ‘ESG shareholder engagement and downside risk’, which uses engagement data from Hermes EOS, reveals that companies that are successfully engaged by EOS exhibit a lower risk profile, particularly when environmental issues are tackled.