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The comgest story 
responsible from the start

Since Comgest began investing over thirty years ago, we've built an international partnership based on shared values. Our approach has always been to treat long-term non-financial factors as intrinsic to our work.

Our investment strategy is based on three pillars - we integrate ESG into our research and portfolio building process, we engage with companies to influence responsible and conscientious action, and we promote best practice in environmental, social and governance policy.  

We don’t see investing responsibly as an obligation, we see it as an opportunity. That’s because the sustained success of any company depends on the health of the economic and environmental systems around it. In the long term, we believe that a business run responsibly will outperform one that isn’t.  

Our policy goes beyond avoiding companies with a potentially negative social impact. We actively support businesses working towards positive outcomes, such as job creation and energy efficiency.  

Our responsible investment policy means that for the companies that we invest in, we care about their impact on customers, employees, the wider society and the environment. With our long-term approach we tend to think like business owners, not just investors.

OUR ESG STORY:

"We don't see investing responsibly as an obligation, we see it as an opportunity and actively support businesses working towards positive outcomes."

Yann Gérain joined Comgest in 2012 and is an ESG Analyst and Portfolio Manager responsible for ESG coverage of Emerging Markets and Japan.

Yann meets and engages with company management alongside the firm’s investment Analysts and prepares in-depth ESG reports. He also coordinates the firm’s voting policy and leads Comgest’s participation in national and international responsible investment initiatives. Prior to joining Comgest, Yann worked as an Analyst and Portfolio Manager for several asset and wealth management firms in Luxembourg, Paris and Geneva before joining Novethic, the French research centre for Socially Responsible Investment (SRI).

He graduated from the Grenoble School of Management in 2006 with a Master’s Degree in Management, majoring in Capital Markets and Banking. He also holds an MBA from ISC Paris School of Management where he specialised in Sustainable Development and Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR).

 

Sébastien Thévoux-Chabuel joined Comgest in 2013 and is an ESG Analyst and Portfolio Manager, responsible for the ESG coverage of developed markets including Europe and the USA.

Sébastien meets and engages with company management alongside the firm’s investment Analysts and prepares in-depth ESG reports. He is also member of the firm’s Whitepaper Committee. Starting his career as a buy-side Analyst at Deutsche Bank in 1998, Sébastien later became a Portfolio Manager at BFT Gestion (Crédit Agricole) before moving to Oddo Securities where he was initially a technology Analyst before assuming the role of Sustainable and Responsible Investment (SRI) Analyst, a position he held for five years before joining Comgest.

He graduated from the ESCP business school in Paris in 1997 before completing a post-graduate degree in Financial Engineering at the Sorbonne University.

Eric Voravong joined Comgest in 2017 and is an ESG Analyst and Portfolio Manager responsible for ESG coverage of Asian markets.

He meets and engages with company management alongside the firm’s investment Analysts as well as preparing in-depth ESG reports. In 2008, prior to Comgest, Eric established an independent investment consultancy and regularly collaborated with Comgest, particularly on several key projects involving ESG integration. Eric started his career in corporate banking in 1989 at Banque Paribas where he worked for 15 years, starting as a Risk Analyst then moving on to roles including Account Manager, Credit Officer and Portfolio Manager. He worked in both Paris and Los Angeles before moving to London where he joined the Equity Research team focusing on telecom and technology companies. Eric then joined Paris-based ADI Alternative Investments as a Senior Analyst in their research team before establishing his above-mentioned consultancy firm. 

He holds a Diploma from the EM Lyon Business School and is a CFA® charterholder.

WE WORK WITH SOME OF THE GLOBAL LEADERS IN ESG, INCLUDING:

Sustainalytics: ESG Information and information on controversial weapons
MSCI ESG Research: ESG information
RepRisk: Controversial news and reputational risk
Trucost: Carbon and environmental data
BoardEx: Corporate governance and remuneration data
Bloomberg: ESG information and carbon data
Four Twenty Seven: Information on physical risks affecting companies' facilities

ESG Timeline

Comgest has focused on quality growth since inception. We believe that the quality of a company is determined by its competitive advantages. Here are some of ours over the past decade:

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More about ESG

Our policies

ESG principles are built in, not bolted on to our policies.

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Our commitments

We are signatories, members and supporters of a range of codes, committees and networks working to ensure good ESG practice. 

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