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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."

Petra Daroczi joined Comgest in 2021 and is an ESG Analyst and Portfolio Manager responsible for ESG coverage of the US and Europe.

She meets and engages with company management alongside the firm’s investment Analysts and prepares in-depth ESG reports. Prior to Comgest, Petra joined Aberdeen Standard Investments in 2019 as an ESG Investment Analyst, responsible for integrating ESG assessment in fixed income research and leading the engagements in the APAC region. She previously worked for Thomson Reuters in their Singapore office as an Account Director and ESG Ambassador, and before that held diverse roles such as Field Sales Associate, Consultant and ESG & Asset Management Specialist in their London office.

Petra graduated with a Bachelor’s degree in Business Studies from Cass Business School (UK) and a Master’s degree in European Business from the ESCP Business School (France). She is also a CFA® charterholder and holds various ESG-related certifications including, “Climate Change: Financial risks and opportunities” (Imperial College Business School, UK), “Sustainability and Climate Risk” (Global Association of Risk Professionals) and “Basics of Organizational GHG Accounting” (Greenhouse Gas Management Institute).

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).

Viva Jiang joined Comgest in 2022 and is an ESG Analyst responsible for ESG coverage of Asian and Emerging Markets.

He meets and engages with company management alongside the firm’s investment Analysts and prepares in-depth ESG reports. Prior to Comgest, Viva joined Robocap in 2020 as an Investment Analyst, responsible for covering global advanced industrial and technology sectors. He was also in charge of ESG integration and was the member of company’s ESG committee. He previously worked for Changfu Asset Management in Shanghai as an Investment Analyst covering technology, consumer and public service sectors in China.

Viva holds a Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration from the Chinese University of Hong Kong and a Master’s degree in Finance from London Business School (UK). He is a CFA® charterholder and holds a Certificate in ESG Investing from the CFA Institute. 

Sébastien Thévoux-Chabuel joined Comgest in 2013 and is Head of Responsible Investment as well as a member of the Comgest Group's Investment and Sustainability Committees.

As a long-standing ESG Analyst and Portfolio Manager specialising in developed markets, particularly Europe and the U.S., Sébastien meets and engages with company management alongside the firm’s investment Analysts and prepares in-depth ESG reports. Prior to joining Comgest, he worked at Oddo Securities as a Technology Analyst before transitioning to the role of Sustainable and Responsible Investment (SRI) Analyst which he held for five years. Sébastien previously worked as a Portfolio Manager at BFT Gestion (Crédit Agricole) and began his career as a buy-side Analyst at Deutsche Bank in 1998.

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 and Emerging 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.

Xing Xu joined Comgest in 2020 and is an ESG Analyst responsible for ESG coverage of Asian and Emerging markets.

She meets and engages with company management alongside members of Comgest’s investment team and prepares in-depth ESG reports. Xing was an intern at Comgest prior to joining the firm. She has also undertaken internships in China at Fosun Group, working on strategic investment deals in the technology and financial sectors, and at GF Securities, a leading financial services company in China, within their equity research department.

Xing is fluent in Mandarin, holds Master’s degrees in Management and Financial Markets from EDHEC Business School (France) as well as a Bachelor of Science degree in International Economics and Trade from the University of Nottingham (UK & China).

ESG POLICIES, REPORTING & COLLABORATIVE ENGAGEMENTS

Alix Faure joined Comgest in 2021 and is Head of Responsible Development as well as a member of the Comgest Group’s Sustainability Committee.

At Comgest, Alix is focused on reporting, implementation and communication of Comgest’s responsible investment strategy. She previously worked for AFG, the French asset management industry association, as Head of Sustainable Investment where she was responsible for cross-functional management of ESG projects for the French asset management industry, such as industry standards setting, defining key ESG indicators to assess a company, and a state-of-play impact study. Alix was also AFG’s ESG spokesperson and lobbyist in Sustainable Finance at the French and E.U. legislative levels. Prior to joining AFG, she was a Product Manager at Mirova, a Sustainable Investment affiliate of Natixis and before that, an Investment Specialist in Sustainable Investments at BNP Paribas Investment Partners. She began her career at Fortis Investments.

Alix received a Master’s degree in Management from E.M.Lyon Business School (France), specialising in Corporate Finance and Accounting.

Marie Gauthier joined Comgest in 2022 as an ESG Specialist, focusing on collaborative and thematic engagement, ESG content creation and reporting as well as the implementation of Comgest’s responsible investment strategy.

Marie previously spent two years working with the Asia Sustainable Finance Team at the World Wide Fund For Nature (WWF) where she engaged with investors on the creation of portfolios aligned to the UN’s Paris Agreement on climate change and Sustainable Development Goals. Prior to joining the WWF, Marie worked at PwC Luxembourg for five years and PwC Singapore for two years. In Singapore, Marie led PwC’s Corporate Responsibility programme, in which her main responsibilities were to improve the firm’s environmental performance and drive community engagement projects. As part of PwC’s Advisory Team in Luxembourg, she developed long-term sustainability roadmaps for international companies and public institutions.

Marie holds Master’s degrees in Management from Emlyon Business School and in Environmental Management from Ecole Nationale Supérieure des Mines de Saint-Etienne, both in France.

Yingna joined Comgest in 2022 and is an ESG Data & Reporting Specialist focusing on reporting, content creation and research.

Prior to joining Comgest, she completed an internship at the firm. Yingna has also undertaken internships in France at Software Club as an Equity Analyst intern and at Euronext as an Equity Capital Market Analyst Intern, as well as in China at CMC Capital Partners as an Investment Analyst Intern.

She holds a Master’s degree in Management from ESSEC Business School (France) and a Bachelor’s degree in Management from Shanghai Jiao Tong University (China).

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
ISS-ESG: ESG information

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