Lorna - The Sustainable Funds
"Being able to operate on your own, but also operate well with other people is important"
Lorna is an Analyst with the Sustainable Funds Group at Stewart Investors. She joined the team in July 2017. Previously, Lorna worked in various strategy, project and responsible investment roles at Colonial First State Global Asset Management (now First Sentier Investors), and prior to that, worked as a management consultant. Lorna holds a Masters degree in Sustainability Leadership from the University of Cambridge and a BA (Hons) in Business and Psychology from the University of Strathclyde.
ABOUT SUSTAINABLE FUNDS EQUITY INVESTING
"I think my background into the industry is really different to the normal ones"
Sustainable investing actively selects companies that have a positive impact on the world. This could be anything from green technology to social initiatives in developing countries/regions. It’s less restrictive than ethical investing as it allows for the fact that companies are often neither all good or all bad – such as oil companies that invest in clean energy. (HSBC)
PODCAST Q&A WITH LORNA
"You can, you will, and you're going to."
Q - So what is meant by ESG? And what is meant by sustainable investing?
A - "ESG is an acronym that stands for environmental, social, and governance. Now ESG investing or basically taking environmental, social and governance factors into account when you're choosing what companies you're going to be investing in, is now common practice. Sustainable investing is a similar sort of thing. At Stewart Investors, we take a broad view to what sustainable investing means. So we're simply looking for companies that are well placed to benefit from and contribute to sustainable development. "
Q - So could you just tell us what an average day at work looks like for you?
A - "I'd say that there's probably no two days that are even vaguely similar, every day is completely different. It's really amazing. So one day, we might be talking to a CEO of a personal care company in India, or we might be talking to the CEO of Unilever, the next day. So it's always talking to different people, finding out what's going on with them, learning about what's going on in the market, what's going on in their companies. It's just fascinating and travel is a big part of as well. Normally, we would be travelling to see the companies on their own sites to meet with the people face to face and really get to know them."
Q - What do you wish you'd known before you started your first job?
A - "I wish I had known not to stress so much about what I was going to end up being. I really worried about that and I wish I hadn't because the way that my career has panned out has been so random. It's been a case of taking opportunities as and when they came and working with those opportunities. "