ACA launches global ESG advisory practice

ACA Compliance Group has launched a specialist global environmental, social, and governance (ESG) advisory practice. 

This dedicated team will provide ESG advisory services to support the sustainable investment ecosystem and underlines the firm's investment and commitment to an area that is increasingly important to ACA’s global financial services clients and their investors.

Sustainability and responsible investing increasingly appear on the agendas of global political leaders, regulators, and firms alike. President-elect Joe Biden stated the US will hold a world climate summit within the first 100 days of his presidency and the SEC has already begun to turn their attention to ESG-focused strategies, taking a “particular interest” in these strategies as part of their 2020 OCIE priorities. Meanwhile in Europe, the Sustainable Finance Disclosure Regulation (SFDR) comes into play on 10 March 2021, imposing new manager and product-level disclosure obligations related to ESG and sustainability.

Research and investment management firm, Morningstar, revealed that ESG investments funds hit 80.5 billion USD in the third quarter of 2020 pushing the total invested in these funds to over USD1 trillion. According to a poll taken at ACA’s Virtual Fall Conference, almost two-thirds (63.5 per cent) of respondents feel increased pressure from allocators on ESG and impact issues. Additionally, the ESG sector grew steadily throughout the COVID-19 pandemic along with the number of investors turning to sustainable business models, which are considered better able to endure market shocks.

As part of this move, Dan Mistler joined ACA to head up its ESG practice. Before joining ACA, Mistler was partner at ESG and environment firm, Bridge House Advisors, as well as founder of ESG specialist advisory firm, ESG Edge. He also previously led ESG services at multiple other large and boutique consulting firms, including EY and Environmental Resources Management.

Dan Mistler, Partner, ESG, ACA Compliance Group, said: “The ESG movement has gained significant momentum in recent years, with an uptick in investors across the board turning to their investment managers to plan out and achieve responsible investment goals. Additionally, there is green financial regulation coming through globally, which will further push along what has been developed through organic demand. By working with ACA, firms benefit from a trusted and experienced partner with an in-depth knowledge of the market, regulations, and sustainable investment. Our strong heritage of compliance expertise, as well as performance and verification, and cybersecurity, is perfectly placed to support firms with ESG across their entire investment lifecycle. With a dedicated and innovative suite of ESG services and solutions designed to meet the needs of companies of all sizes, we are committed to helping firms mitigate risks, make informed choices, and grow profitably and sustainably.”

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