Osmosis bolsters research team with CDP recruit

UK sustainable investment boutique Osmosis has hired a senior research analyst to work on its proprietary analytics system


Joe McGrath

Sustainable investment boutique Osmosis Investment Management has hired a senior research analyst from the Carbon Disclosure Project.

Lennart Hermans has worked at the global environmental reporting organisation since 2015, initially as a policy and public affairs officer and subsequently as senior technical officer, focussed on the development of scoring methodologies to assess companies on their environmental credentials.

Hermans joined Osmosis this month (January) and reports to chief executive Ben Dear. He will be taksed with developing the company’s proprietary research process.

In a statement confirming the appointment, Ben Dear, chief executive officer of Osmosis Investment Management, said the appointment was an important one.

“[It] is part of a much larger expansion plan over 2019 – as we engage with clients on a suite of strategies that have all outperformed their respective benchmarks over three years, or since inception, to the end of 2019,” he said.

“Lennart’s deep understanding of environmental reporting will help us enhance our key informational advantage, which is the ability to standardise and interrogate corporate environmental data to generate additional returns.”

During his time at the Carbon Disclosure Project, Hermans looked at corporate behaviour relating to climate change, water security and deforestation. He holds a Master of Science in Bioscience Engineering and a Master’s degree in Social Entrepreneurship.

“He is the seventh addition to the team since mid-2018, bringing the team up to 19,” Dear added. “That’s testament to the demand for investment strategies seeking both a beneficial environmental and financial outcome.”

Osmosis Investment Management launched in 2009 and has manages around $1.4 billion in client assets.

ESG Clarity recently caught up with CEO Ben Dear to discuss the company’s rapid growth. The full interview is available to read here.


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