Apex Fund Services has created a new global environmental, social and governance (ESG) product role to drive development in the increasingly popular investment strategy.
Amara Goeree has been hired as group global head of ESG product, leading the fund administrator’s product development and go-to market strategy.
She joins from Julius Baer where she was previously head of corporate sustainability and responsible investment.
“It is an incredibly exciting role with a clear opportunity to make an impact. This new framework will pave the way for all types of companies, across all industries, to understand and accurately assess their ESG contribution,” said Goeree.
One of her first tasks is overseeing the rollout of Apex GreenLight ESG Ratings, a new data and rating service that evaluates privately held companies globally, and provides consulting to support the integration of ESG across clients’ due diligence, value creation and reporting processes.
The new product line will be offered alongside Apex’s ESG reporting service for listed assets, which was launched in October last year.
“This product builds on our leading position in the private equity and real estate administration sector where data analytics is one of our key differentiators. GreenLight will deliver insights into private companies that investors were unable to access previously,” said Peter Hughes, CEO and founder, Apex Group.
“For Apex this product is just the start of the ESG revolution we hope to pioneer across financial services, enabling us to make a positive impact on the world. We envision a future in which a company’s ESG score is as important as its credit score, and we are thrilled to welcome Amara to the team to help drive this change.”
Apex added it is in the process of becoming a United Nations principles for responsible investment (UN PRI) signatory.