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Cambridge Institute for Sustainability Leadership (CISL)

16 October 2019 – John Belgrove has been appointed Chair of the Investment Leaders Group (ILG), a group of 12 leading pension funds, insurers and asset managers convened by the University of Cambridge Institute for Sustainability Leadership (CISL).

John BelgroveJohn will work with other C-suite representatives of the Investment Leaders Group's members to help structure the research output of CISL as it relates to Sustainable Investment and ensure it is well suited to the needs of the investment industry.

The ILG’s vision is an investment chain in which economic, social and environmental sustainability are delivered as an outcome of the investment process and as investors go about generating robust, long-term returns.

Starting this year, the group is delivering an ambitious three-year phase, focusing on building the knowledge base for integration of environmental scenario analysis into financial decision making, and focusing on issues outside climate change such as biodiversity loss and water. The ILG will also continue its work on measuring the impact of investments and improving its framework for quantifying the alignment of investment portfolios with the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

The group is in the process of wrapping up its second phase and will move into phase three under the guidance of Belgrove who will chair the group during this time. Roelie van Wijk-Russchen, Global head of Responsible Business & Public Affairs at Aegon Asset Management had led the group over the past two years and oversaw the delivery of work across long termism, investor preferences and measuring investment impact.

John brings to the role a deep knowledge of the investment industry, having worked in the sector for over 30 years, and a profound belief in the importance of long-term sustainable investment.

John Belgrove, Senior Partner at Aon, said:

“Any new developments in the industry need strong analytical foundations or they are destined to be short-lived. By creating a close working relationship with Cambridge, the ILG can ensure that as sustainable finance evolves it does so based on facts and solid research.”

Kajetan Czyz, Programme Director, Sustainable Finance, CISL, said:

“The current phase of work led by Roelie van Wijk-Russchen has delivered foundational outputs around SDG alignment frameworks, long-termism, and behavioural research on savers. With John Belgrove stepping in, the ILG is well placed to keep delivering work that moves the market forward.”

Find out more about the work of the ILG.


Zoe Kalus, Head of Media  

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