”COVID-19 has brought social risks to the forefront for many companies, in how they treat their employees, communicate with customers and deal with suppliers.”
Catherine Philogene, Vice President, Product Management, RBC Global Asset Management
WIF: How did you get into the industry?
While my university education is in music, which may seem a bit unusual, I started my investment fund career over 20 years ago in the institutional area of a privately owned asset management firm. At the time, I was working with a portfolio manager who encouraged and supported me – she taught me to make the most of opportunities as they appear.
WIF: What do you enjoy most about your work?
The people – working with clients and colleagues is what I enjoy most about my work. At the heart of what we do in asset management is offering solutions that help investors meet their long term goals. By talking to clients about the integration of material ESG factors into the investment process I’m able to highlight an important facet of responsible investment.
WIF: Please share your views on the rise of importance on the Social element of ESG
COVID-19 has brought social risks to the forefront for many companies, in how they treat their employees, communicate with customers and deal with suppliers. Over the long term, companies will continue to face material long-term risks and opportunities on social factors. It’s important for investors to understand how companies are managing ESG risks now and into the future.