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Hermes joins the United Nations Global Compact

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Saker Nusseibeh, CEO, Hermes Investment Management
11 September 2017
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Hermes Investment Management (Hermes), the £30.1 billion manager, has today announced that it has joined the United Nations Global Compact, the world’s largest corporate sustainability initiative.

The United Nations Global Compact is a call to companies everywhere to align their operations and strategies with ten universally accepted principles in the areas of human rights, labour, environment and anti-corruption, and to take action in support of UN goals and issues embodied in the Sustainable Development Goals.

Known as a leader in responsibility, this follows the publication of the firm’s Modern Slavery statement and Supplier Code of Conduct earlier this year and the staff Pledge of transparency and responsibility, introduced in 2015. Further to this, Hermes EOS, the firm’s engagement and stewardship team, is a pioneering advisory service which enables its clients to be responsible investors and owners of companies, advising on more than $403.5bn of assets. Hermes EOS engages with companies to fulfil the UN Global Compact principles.

Saker Nusseibeh, Chief Executive, Hermes Investment Management said: “For over thirty years, responsible investing has been at the heart of Hermes and we are always looking for opportunities to develop and further embed our understanding of the impact our investments have on wider society. In September I will be leading a high-level roundtable discussion at the 2017 United Nations Private Sector Forum where I am looking forward to sharing some of the experiences Hermes has had and also learning from other leading businesses on how we can collectively build sustainable financial markets.

“We are committed to making the UN Global Compact and its principles part of the strategy, culture and day-to-day operations of our company, and to engaging in collaborative projects which advance the broader development goals of the United Nations, particularly the Sustainable Development Goals. We believe that this is not only the right thing to do but that sustainable growth creates a more sustainable financial ecosystem for the benefit of all.”

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Saker Nusseibeh CEO, Hermes Investment Management Saker is Chief Executive of Hermes, chair of its Executive Committee and an Executive Board Director. Saker was appointed CEO in May 2012, having been acting CEO since November 2011. Saker joined the firm in June 2009 as Head of Investment and Executive Board Director. He is responsible for leading the firm’s growth strategy and ensuring that Hermes continues to deliver excellent long-term investment performance, responsibly. Under his leadership, Hermes has achieved outstanding year-on-year growth in sales, revenues and profitability, while contributing widely to the debate about how to improve the contribution of financial services to society. Critically, long-term investment performance has remained at outstanding levels during his tenure. Prior to joining Hermes, Saker was Global Head of Equities at Fortis Investments USA, having initially been appointed to the firm as CIO Global Equities in 2005. Before this he was CIO of Global Equities and Head of Marketing for SGAM UK. This role followed SGAM’s acquisition of Trust Company of the West (TCW), where Saker was Managing Director, running global and international strategies, as well as managing TCW’s London office. He started his career at Mercury Asset Management in 1987. Saker is a regular public speaker, writer and commentator, appearing at leading industry conferences, on television and radio. He is the founder of the 300 Club, which he chaired from its inception in 2011 until early 2014. The 300 Club is a group of leading investment professionals who seek to challenge investment orthodoxy and improve the contribution of financial services to society. Saker is a member of the CFA Institute’s Future of Finance Advisory Council, a member of the IIRC Council, and was a public member of Network Rail for three years until November 2014. He is Non-Executive Chairman of Carbon Tracker, an independent financial think tank that provides analyses of the impact of climate change on capital markets and investment in fossil fuels. He sits on the Banking Standards Board, which aims to restore trust in the UK banking industry, as a practitioner member. Saker also sits on the advisory board of Mosaic, the charity that seeks to improve the chances of young people and to bring communities together; the UK National Advisory Board on Impact Investing; and the steering committee for the United Nations Environment Programme Finance Initiative. In 2015, Saker was named CEO of the Year at the Global Investor Investment Excellence Awards. Saker has a BA and PhD in Medieval History from King's College, University of London.
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