Sydney-based Bill Hartnett has spent the majority of his almost 20 years career examining the role of the finance sector in environmental sustainability, social responsibility and governance stewardship. He is now considered an industry leader in responsible investment and an expert in managing material financial risks and capitalising on opportunities deriving from environmental, social and governance ('ESG') issues such as climate change, corporate governance, human and labour rights, resource efficiency and financial market stability.
Bill has extensive experience and significant success in responsible investment across all parts of the investment chain.
- Asset owner (2010 onwards): Head of Sustainability at Local Government Super. This $6bn superannuation fund has been lauded as the leading exponent in RI and has won several awards. Bill actively oversees and develops $3.4bn across six asset classes in defined RI strategies ranging from ESG integration; thematic investments in three asset classes; engagement and proxy voting; negative and positive screening and SRI Overlay.
- ESG Research (2005-2009); Managing Director Asia Pacific Innovest Strategic Value Advisors. (Innovest was a highly respected ESG research firm that was later acquired by MSCI and became part of MSCI ESG Research). Bill lead a team of 8 research analysts and became the leading ESG research firm in the region and strong contributor to the Innovest global business. He gained a thorough knowledge of ESG risks in specific companies, sectors and regions as well as a deep understanding of the investment drivers in ESG risk and integration in investment decision-making for both asset managers and asset owners.
- Asset management (1999-2003); Winner Inaugural Ethical Fund of the Year for Challenger SRI Fund. Bill was the manager of this innovative SRI fund. He also worked at Westpac in both corporate banking and funds management roles dating back to 1994.
Bill has Bachelor of Economics Degree (Macquarie 1992) and Master of Environmental Management (UNSW 2004 - Winner EIANZ Award).