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
Founding Partner

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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Alexander R Malaket
Founding Partner

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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Dr Mark Infield
Founding Partner

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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Tim Morris
Founding Partner

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.

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Harriette Resnick
Senior Advisor - Sustainable Finance

Harriette Resnick has extensive experience representing clients’ business interests globally and expertise in international commercial, legal and compliance issues. She is a co-chair of the ICC Banking Commission Working Group on Sustainable Trade Finance, with membership including both commercial banks and multilateral development banks. Through development of guidelines and tools for due diligence reviews, the working group is heightening banks' awareness of the potential environmental and social risks in supply chains and encouraging use of trade finance to promote customers’ sustainable business practices.

Harriette was internal counsel to JPMorgan from 1988- 2017. As Managing Director and Associate General Counsel, she led the legal team supporting the Global Trade unit within JPMorgan's Corporate & Investment Bank.

Harriette has a JD from the University of Pennsylvania Law School and a Masters in Environmental Law from Pace University’s Elisabeth Haub School of Law, where she specialized in Global Environmental Studies. Her article, Seeing the Forest for the Trees: Public and Private Law Tools for Halting Deforestation, was published in the January 2020 issue of the Pace Environmental Law Review.

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Craig C Weeks
Senior Advisor - Sustainable Supply Chains & Trade Finance

Craig Weeks is an independent consultant for organizations needing Trade Finance, Supply Chain and other Transaction Banking expertise, including sustainable finance and sustainable supply chains.

Craig serves as an advisor to the Global Trade Professionals Alliance; an Executive Practicum Adviser and member of the Advisory Board of the North Carolina State University Supply Chain Resource Cooperative. Craig serves as a member of the Trade Finance Advisory Council (TFAC) of the U.S. Department of Commerce, an Advisory Board member of the Falcon Group and an advisor to Capital and Credit Risk Manager (CCRM), a Singapore-based FinTech.

Previously Craig served as SVP and Manager of the International Banking Group of US Bank where his responsibilities included managing the Trade Finance, International Financial Institutions, and Supply Chain Finance teams.

Craig has a Masters of International Management from the Thunderbird School of Global Management and a Bachelor of Arts degree from Dickinson College.

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Rob Handfield
Senior Advisor, Supply Chain Management

Rob Handfield is the Bank of America University Distinguished Professor of Supply Chain Management at North Carolina State University, and Director of the Supply Chain Resource Cooperative.

He also serves on the Faculty for Operations Research Curriculum at NC State University. The SCRC is the first major industry-university partnership to integrate student projects into the MBA and undergraduate classroom in an integrative fashion.

Handfield has over 120 peer reviewed journals and is regularly quoted in global news media such as the Wall Street Journal, Financial Times, the San Francisco Chronicle, and CNN.

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Allison Miller
Research Associate

Allison Miller is a graduate of Dickinson College with an Environmental Studies major and Philosophy minor. During her studies, Allison completed extensive quantitative and qualitative research projects in Nepal, Bhutan and the Canadian High Arctic. She has had several internships in the realm of sustainability, both at university as well as at NGO’s. She most recently completed an internship with EcoChallenge.org.

In her final year of University, Allison was honored as a Baird Sustainability Fellow for advancing sustainability goals on and beyond the Dickinson campus through excellence in scholarship, leadership and service, and received the Pennsylvania Environmental Resource Consortium Campus Sustainability Champions award in 2020 for her work focused on climate change and behavior change on college campuses.

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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.

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