RadiantESG Global Investors Completes Investment Platform Build-Out With ESG-Focused Small Cap Strategy Launch
RadiantESG Global Investors (RadiantESG) has launched its first ESG integrated investment strategy following the completion of the build-out of its investment capability and operational infrastructure. The firm, currently in the process of SEC registration, was founded in July 2021 with the backing of HSBC Asset Management and has since secured partnerships to establish its operations, compliance, risk management and administrative functions.
Its newly-launched Positive Change Smaller Companies strategy will aim to address the growing demand for investing in companies exhibiting positive change in achieving sustainable and measurable results with respect to ESG factors. RadiantESG’s differentiated approach to ESG analysis leverages its proprietary ESG MosaicTM data platform to capture investment opportunities across ESG Leaders, ESG Evolvers and UNSDG-aligned ‘Impact’ companies. The strategy will be available through institutional separate accounts, commingled vehicles and separately managed accounts (SMAs).
RadiantESG plans to extend its suite of solutions with two additional ESG-integrated strategies – Positive Change Quality, which will incorporate its proprietary ESG methodology within an adaptive multi-factor process, and Planet Positive Leaders, a UNSDG-aligned thematic strategy.
Kathryn McDonald, Co-founder and Head of Investments and Sustainability at Radiant ESG said: “At a time of profound change, harnessing a purpose-driven culture, autonomy and agility, and genuine alignment with our key constituents will set us apart. We believe truly great investing outcomes are possible when an active and robust approach to ESG is implemented by an investment team built upon diversity, inclusion and entrepreneurism. We are thrilled to have launched our first strategy and are excited to engage with clients in 2022.”
In conjunction with the strategy launch, the firm has also expanded its Board1 with the appointment of Mike Even as an Independent Director. Mike brings over 35 years’ industry experience and previously served as the Chairman of Man Numeric and President & CEO of Numeric Investors. Mike built a global asset management organization for Citigroup prior to being appointed global CIO of its Private Bank and later, global CIO & Co-Head of Citigroup Asset Management, overseeing investment teams running more than US$500bn in client assets.
Heidi Ridley, Co-founder and CEO, RadiantESG Global Investors, added: “We are honored that Mike has joined our Board and thrilled to have united a unique group of talented colleagues who are committed to partnering with our clients in driving positive change within capital markets through our investments. We’re committed to setting the standard for what we expect from portfolio companies, while executing on our ambition to pave the way toward a better future—embracing ESG considerations as a necessity in building sustainable investment portfolios and carving a positive future path for women and minorities.”
RadiantESG is a diverse and majority employee-owned asset management firm, co-founded by Heidi Ridley and Kathryn McDonald, former CEO and Head of Sustainable Investing at Rosenberg Equities respectively. The firm specialises in delivering innovative ESG investment opportunities for institutional and wealth management clients globally.
 – RadiantESG Global Investors’ Board also includes Heidi Ridley, co-founder and CEO, and Kathryn McDonald, co-founder and Head of Investments and Sustainability, RadiantESG Global Investors, and Erin Leonard, Head of Sustainability, HSBC Asset Management