Candriam Investors Group reinforces SRI team with two new appointments

Isabelle Cabie, Global Head of Responsible Development

Wim Van Hyfte, Ph.D., Global Head of Responsible Investments and Research

Brussels, 26 January 2017 – Candriam Investors Group, the pan-European multi-specialist asset manager, with EUR 100.1bn of AUM and owned by New York Life Investment Management (NYLIM), announces the appointments of Isabelle Cabie as Global Head of Responsible Development and Wim Van Hyfte as Global Head of Responsible Investments and Research. They will both report to Candriam’s CIO of Investment Management Vincent Hamelink.

In her new role as Global Head of Responsible Development, Isabelle Cabie will continue building upon the foundations Candriam has established since 1996 and her strong reputation in the field of sustainable and responsible investments. She will be in charge of the development of the active ownership strategy (e.g. engagement, proxy voting), promoting SRI and leading Candriam’s Corporate Social Responsibility policy. Isabelle has over 20 years of experience in macroeconomics, institutional portfolio management and sustainable and responsible investments.

Wim Van Hyfte, PhD, appointed as Global Head of Responsible Investments and Research, will be responsible for investment research and analysis on sustainability. He joins from the Quantitative team at Candriam where he was Senior Fund Manager and SRI specialist co-managing over $3billion in global SRI quant equity funds and segregated accounts. Together with his team of SRI research analysts, he will play a key role in the creation of new, innovative ESG products and investment solutions. Wim has over ten years of experience in the management of large client portfolios with a special focus on sustainable investments, the development of multi-factor methods, tools for alpha generation and risk management.

Vincent Hamelink commented:
"At a time when investing based on ESG factors is growing in Europe as well as in the US, these new appointments will allow Candriam to further promote the concept and to continue meeting our clients' needs."

"Isabelle and Wim will drive our commitment to developing innovative SRI products and services, publishing dedicated research on ESG issues, and strengthening the scope of Candriam’s proxy voting and engagement activities. We are planning to hire two additional analysts in 2017 to further reinforce the team."

A pioneer in the SRI market, Candriam Investors Group launched its first SRI fund in 1996. The most recent addition to Candriam’s SRI range has been the Candriam SRI Bond Emerging Markets strategy, launched in December 2016.

Assets that meet SRI criteria (including customised SRI solutions that comply with international standards) amount to €21.6 billion, around 21% of Candriam’s AuM, as at end of December 2016.

As a subscriber to the Montreal Protocol on CO2 emissions, Candriam has committed to measuring and disclosing each year the carbon footprint of its sustainable investment funds and did so for the first time in 2015.

Candriam was one of the founding signatories of the UN Principles of Responsible Investment (UNPRI) back in 2006 and obtained the highest score (A+) for its overarching approach to responsible investment.

 

About CANDRIAM

Candriam Investors Group ("Candriam") is a leading pan-European multi-specialist asset manager with a 20-year track record and a team of 500 experienced professionals.
Managing about €100.1 bn AuM at the end of September 2016, Candriam has established management centres in Luxembourg, Brussels, Paris and London, and has experienced client relationship managers covering Continental Europe, the UK, the USA, the Middle East and Australia. Its investment solutions cover five key areas: fixed income, equities, absolute return strategies, sustainable investments and advanced asset allocation. Through investment solutions driven by strong convictions, Candriam has earned a reputation for delivering innovation and strong performance to a long-standing, diversified client base in over 20 countries.
Candriam Investors Group is a New York Life Company. New York Life Investments1 ranks among the world's largest asset managers2.
www.candriam.com


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Candriam Investors Group:
Isabelle Lievens
CANDRIAM
T + 32 (0)2 509 61 69
isabelle.lievens@candriam.com

Peter Boelaert
CANDRIAM
T + 32 (0)2 509 61 61
peter.boelaert@candriam.com

 

1 New York Life Investments is a service mark used by New York Life Investment Management Holdings LLC and its subsidiary New York Life Investment Management LLC. New York Life Investment Management LLC is a wholly-owned indirect subsidiary of New York Life Insurance Company

2 Source: New York Life Investments ranked 24th among the world’s largest money managers within Pensions & Investments, May 30, 2016. Rankings are based on total worldwide institutional assets under management for the year-end 2015. New York Life Investments assets include assets of affiliated investment advisors.