The Principles for Responsible Investment has boosted its London team with the appointment of sustainability and climate change expert and KPMG alumnus Don Gerritsen. The former consultant joins as of 1 August 2015 in the role of Senior Manager Asset Owner Insight.
Don Gerritsen will join Principles for Responsible Investment* (PRI) from the Dutch Investors Association for Sustainable Development (VBDO), a non-profit organisation, where he has been acting as Manager Sustainability & Responsible Investment since early 2014. In addition to this, Gerritsen also currently works as Guest Lecturer Stakeholder Engagement at the Erasmus University Rotterdam, the Netherlands. Prior to this, he worked for KPMG for five years in its Global Climate Change and Sustainability Services Network between 2009 and 2014. He fulfilled several roles, including that of Manager Global Climate Change and Sustainability Services Network in 2010 and that of Subject-matter Executive to Yvo de Boer between 2011 and 2013. Between 2008 and 2010, Gerritsen was the Dutch Government official at UN conferences and before this, in 2007, the was a programme officer on renewable energy at UNEP.
Gerritsen has a degree in Environmental Sciences (School of Management) of the Radboud University Nijmegen; in International Environmental Politics from the University of the West of England; in International and European Public Law from the University of Amsterdam; and in Investment Management of Marquette University.
As Senior Manager Asset Owner Insight at PRI, Gerritsen will build a new team to deliver resources to asset owners for incorporating environmental, social and governance (ESG) considerations in their investments. His team will focus on ESG factors into investment selection, portfolio level considerations and passive investment management. Gerritsen will join PRI’s London team on 1 August 2015.
* PRI is an investor initiative in partnership with UNEP Finance Initiative and the UN Global Compact that has established a set of voluntary best practice principles to assist investors in integrating environmental, social and corporate governance issues into investment processes.