Aberdeen Standard Investments (ASI) has strengthened its Australian and Asia-Pacific ESG capabilities with the appointment of Danielle Welsh-Rose as ESG Investment Director with regional responsibilities.

As well as supporting the integration of ESG factors into ASI investment decision-making in Australia and across Asia-Pacific, her role is to be an advocate for the importance of ESG capabilities with clients and potential clients across the region.

Danielle has more than 17 years’ experience in ESG leadership roles and has joined ASI from the Victorian Funds Management Corporation, where she was Head of ESG.  She reports to Euan Stirling, ASI’s Edinburgh-based Global Head of Stewardship and ESG Investment for functional responsibilities and to Brett Jollie, Managing Director – Australia for business matters.

Aberdeen Standard Investment’s global ESG team is one of the largest in the asset management industry, with a dedicated team of around 20 professionals and more than 30 specialists across the asset classes, supporting more than 1000 investment professionals.

Euan Stirling, Global Head of Stewardship and ESG Investment commented:

“We are delighted Danielle has joined our ESG Investment team, which is growing in importance, as we continue to move ESG considerations further up the investment agenda in the Asia-Pacific region. Regionally as well as globally, we are committed to integrating ESG factors into all of our investment decisions because we believe that will ultimately generate the best long-term, risk-adjusted returns for our clients. Achieving this objective involves bespoke research and many engagements with companies and assets that we own directly. With Danielle’s depth of knowledge and experience, she is a strong addition to the team and will be invaluable in helping develop our influence for good in Australia and further afield.”

Commenting on her appointment, Danielle Welsh-Rose said:

“Being able to work for an asset manager with the scale, level of expertise and the integrated, globally-sourced ESG capability that Aberdeen Standard Investments has is an exciting opportunity to advance ESG in the region. I am looking forward to applying that capability and having important conversations with Australian investors and those around the region as they consider their wider fiduciary responsibilities to generate positive financial outcomes.”