René has been working as a sustainability analyst in the investment banking division of Zurich Cantonal Bank (ZKB) for over 7 years. Since 2006 he has also been the deputy head of the sustainability research team. René will head up the sustainable investment department in ZKB Asset Management starting early 2010. The new department unites a dedicated portfolio management team for equity and fixed income products and the experienced sustainability research team. Furthermore, René coordinates the implementation of the Principles for Responsible Investments across ZKB. As a lecturer in corporate governance at the University of Applied Sciences for Business Administration Zurich (HWZ) he remains attached to his academic interest in corporate governance topics. He holds a MA in English, Business Administration and European Economic Law of the University of Zurich and, in 2006, graduated with a PhD on sustainable pension fund engagement from the University of Zurich. Since 2009 René is a Chartered Alternative Investment Analyst (CAIA).
My strong interest in joining the network lies in the continuous learning about long-term and sustainable value creation through a systematic integration of ESG factors in investment strategies and products. I perceive the network as an independent, dynamic and sharing platfrom that furthers a better understanding on ESG integration, develops a common language across the financial marketplace and helps to promote the integration of ESG factors as a relevant fiduciary duty of long-term institutional investors.