Gemma Corrigan will develop and helm implementation of the International Business of Federated Hermes’ advocacy programme. The programme engages external stakeholders to advocate progress in all sustainability and related areas including climate change, corporate governance, and human capital management. Corrigan will work out of London, and within the investment manager’s Responsibility Office.

Previously, Corrigan was a senior economist and sustainable markets initiative lead at the World Economic Forum (WEF). Before beginning her tenure at the WEF, she held positions at the United Nations and United States Embassy.

Leon Kamhi, head of responsibility at the International Business of Federated Hermes, and to whom Corrigan will report, said: “Gemma has a strong multidisciplinary background which covers ESG, public policy and sustainability amongst many other things. She has a wealth of experience driving complex and ambitious initiatives, all of which will be enormously valuable to us in our continued efforts to demonstrate and drive positive change within our industry. Gemma will be a great asset to our team and we look forward to working with her.”

The International Business of Federated Hermes has played a key role in developing and establishing the UN Principles on Responsible Investing in 2006, as it is a founding signatory. Other advocacy-related work include chairing the FCA-PRA Climate Financial Risk Forum’s Disclosures Working Group and the UK chapter of the Partnership for Carbon Accounting Financials.