Purpose and approach

Where do investors go to secure independent, objective and neutral assessments and validations of the claims of their potential clients?

The purpose of ESG Assessment is to provide the investment community with independent, consistent, and evidence-based assessment of ESG performance, and validation of claims in the ESG profiles of companies.

We primarily support the investor community and official regulators: we would only work for companies or corporations at the behest of an investor and we do not partner with private ESG ratings, leagues or endorsement schemes or enterprises.

We believe this exclusive focus enhances the probity of the advice we offer investors and ensures the independence of our advice.

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What we do

  • We assess the ESG performance of companies on behalf of investors or potential investors, validating claims against actual performance.
  • We look for and assess ESG related vulnerabilities of companies that may affect the quality and risk of investments in them.
  • We support investors to develop their own ESG purpose and strategy, and offer advice on exclusion screening, ESG-positive investments, and impact investing.
  • We provide specialist support to in-house ESG due diligence and compliance teams.
  • We develop ESG toolkits based on the requirements of investors to strengthen delivery of their investment strategy.
  • We prepare individual ESG validation statements for portfolio packages and for investment managers to use with their investors.
  • We support government departments and regulators seeking to improve ESG accountability and transparency in business.
  • We publish “lessons-learned” articles and stimulate and contribute towards public debate on ESG assessment and validation.

Who we are

ESG Assessment is a London based limited liability partnership (LLP). Our partners have a wealth of experience in business, finance, trade and the environment, allowing us to bring a global perspective to the advice and assistance we offer investors. The ESG strategies we help develop are robust in the face of scrutiny, coherent and evidence-based, and designed around international best practice and gathering global expectations.

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Richard Burge

Richard is an independent adviser on international affairs and commerce with a focus on trade, conflict, and development. He has led four multi-million pound organisations as chief executive over a total of 18 years. These include a famous 200-year-old charity, a UK government agency, a private company, and a 130,000-strong membership body. All of them were revenue-based operations delivering public benefits.

Additionally he has been a senior non-executive Board member of five multi-million pound operations including companies, charities, two government agencies, and a UK Russell Group university.

Richard worked in 62 countries, with a particular focus on Africa, the wider Commonwealth, and in post-conflict situations. For over twenty years, Richard has been focused on delivering ESG is some of the most challenging political and economic circumstances – ranging from environmental management to social impact and reforming governance in the face of organised crime and corruption.

Richard was Chief Executive, Commonwealth Enterprise and Investment Council from 2017 to 2019. For the previous 8 years, he was Chief Executive of Wilton Park (a Foreign and Commonwealth Office agency for conciliation and dialogue on global issues). Richard was also a Commissioner for Commonwealth Scholarships, and on the Council of Durham University.

He has been CEO of the Countryside Alliance, Director General of the Zoological Society of London, and for ten years served with the British Council in Africa and the Middle East.

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Tim Morris

Tim was career diplomat, working on bilateral and multilateral policy, and the promotion of trade and investment. His last ten years were spent in or working on Africa, where he led British diplomatic missions as Ambassador in Morocco, Mauritania, Democratic Republic of Congo and South Sudan and was the Foreign and Commonwealth Senior Trade Advisor for Africa. Tim is now a private sector consultant promoting investment in Africa and working with the non-profit sector to promote high quality private sector investment as the key contributor to economic development.

Tim is a passionate advocate for the value of good and global standard investment in less developed countries. He sees ESG criteria and compliance as essential reassurance to the responsible investor, and as an essential benefit to the people of the recipient countries, so they can develop sustainably and attract further high quality investment. Tim believes that accelerated, sustainable and responsible private sector investment in the African continent, in line with the Sustainable Development Goals, is a generational challenge second only to, and subsidiary to, saving the planet.

Mark Infield

Dr Mark Infield

Mark is an independent consultant focusing on the environment, ecosystem services and biodiversity. He has worked extensively in Africa and South East Asia on the design, delivery and assessment of sustainable conservation and natural resource management. Operating primarily in the charitable sector, Mark has also worked with private companies, governments, research institutions and international agencies.

Mark has engaged extensively on the interface between communities and protected areas and thus, necessarily, the trade-offs between protection and consumption. He has analysed the viability of natural resource-based enterprises, the impact of industry-based sustainability initiatives, the feasibility of nature-based tourism enterprises, and synergies between sustainable land uses and conservation areas. He has been closely associated with the development of innovations in the way conservation practices account for the social, cultural and political environments in which conservation interventions are designed and managed. He has a particular interest in highlighting cultural values in processes that describe the value of ecosystem services and thus the role of culture in conservation initiatives.

Mark also has experience of designing ecosystem based carbon emission reduction projects (REDD+) with the finance sector, and of planning climate change mitigation and resilience programmes with governments.

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Alexander R Malaket

Alexander R. Malaket, CITP, CTFP, GTP-E, is President of Canadian consultancy OPUS Advisory Services International Inc., established in 2001, focusing on international business, trade and investment with a specialism in trade finance/supply chain finance and trade-related international development.

Mr. Malaket is the author of “Financing Trade and International Supply Chains”, Gower/Ashgate Publishing, UK 2014 (now Taylor & Francis, UK), has authored numerous white papers, policy briefs and articles for industry press. He speaks at top-tier events, and has delivered training and educational material around the world.

Alexander serves on several industry boards and advisory bodies, including as Deputy Head of the Executive Committee, ICC Banking Commission, Chair of the International and Technical Advisory Committee, Global Trade Professionals Alliance, Member of the World Economic Forum E-15 Initiative and member of the Advisory Board of Tin Hill Capital among others.

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We support the investor community and official regulators: we do not work for companies or corporations (except at the behest of an investor); we do not support or advise charities; we do not partner with private ESG ratings, leagues or endorsement schemes or enterprises.

We believe this exclusive focus enhances the probity of the advice we offer investors.