Rob Lake Advisers Ltd. (May 2013 - Present)
Since going freelance in May 2013, Rob has worked with pension funds, insurance companies and asset managers all over the world on responsible investment strategy and implementation. He has advised clients in Australia, Canada, Iceland, the Netherlands, Norway, Singapore, Sweden, the UK and the US. He has also worked for the OECD (on the application of the Guidelines for Multinational Enterprises to investors) and the UN Inquiry into the Design of a Sustainable Financial System).
Director of Responsible Investment
United Nations (Supported Principles for Responsible Investment) (April 2011 - May 2013)
Responsibility for development of RI tools and training materials across multiple asset classes; collaborative engagement programmes; strategic research initiatives; and an academic research network. Regular intensive liaison with PRI signatories worldwide at CIO/CEO levels – both asset owners and investment managers. Led a team of 15 people.
Head of Sustainability and Governance
APG Asset Management (February 2007 - April 2011)
• Establishment and implementation of RI for the largest pension fund in Europe. Led a team of eight people, working across offices in Amsterdam, Hong Kong and New York. Identification of key environmental, social and governance (ESG) issues across all asset classes and work with portfolio managers to integrate these into investment processes. Intensive engagement with investee companies at board and senior executive level to encourage improvement in corporate governance and sustainability practice. Issues covered included climate change, water, biodiversity, forests, human rights, child labour, labour standards, bribery and corruption, and business ethics.
• Networking with leading public pension funds and sovereign wealth funds worldwide
• Regular interaction at pension fund board, CEO and CIO levels
Head of Socially Responsible Investment Strategy
Henderson Global Investors (December 2000 - January 2007)
• Research and engagement on ESG issues for socially responsible investment and mainstream funds
• Led incorporation of ESG factors into mainstream investment processes
Mining, Minerals and Sustainable Development Project (May 2000 - November 2000)
• Research and stakeholder engagement for a mining industry project on sustainability
Traidcraft Exchange (February 1998 - April 2000)
• Policy analysis and advocacy on links between international business and the developing world
Royal Society for the Protection of Birds (January 1990 - January 1998)
• Policy analysis and advocacy with government and international institutions on sustainability issues. This covered UK, EU and global policy on a range of issues (e.g. EU agricultural and regional development policy, UK international development policy, UN Convention on Biological Diversity, World Bank).