An interview from Emerging Markets ESG
Five Questions about SRI – Weekly Expert Interview with Dr. Matthew Kiernan, Founder and CEO, Inflection Point Capital Management, Canada –May 20, 2011
By Geoffrey on May 20, 2011
Each week Emerging Markets ESG publishes an interview entitled, “Five Questions about SRI.” The interview features a practitioner’s insights about SRI in emerging markets and through Emerging Markets ESG shares this expertise with a wide global audience. The goals of Five Questions about SRI are fourfold:
To reflect on what SRI in emerging markets means to practitioners; To collect a catalogue of examples of SRI in practice in emerging markets; To raise awareness about SRI in emerging markets; and To enable SRI practitioners in emerging markets to network with peers around the world. This week’s interview is with Matthew Kiernan, Founder and CEO, Inflection Point Capital Management, Canada.
Inflection Point Capital Management is a multi-strategy, sustainability-driven asset management boutique, based in London, New York, Toronto, and Melbourne. In addition to generating superior risk-adjusted financial returns for its investors, IPCM seeks to mobilize and leverage the enormous power of the financial markets, and help redirect their investment flows to promote – rather than undermine – the necessary global transition to a more environmentally and socially sustainable economy. Inflection Point’s investment research precursor, Innovest Strategic Value Advisors, was founded in 1992, one week after the historic Earth Summit in Rio de Janeiro, and was recognized as the #1-rated firm in the world in its field. Innovest’s (and IPCM’s) founder, Dr. Matthew Kiernan, was the first Director of the World Business Council for Sustainable Development in Geneva, the primary private sector advisor to the Secretary General of the Earth Summit. Dr. Kiernan had chaired the group’s initial Capital Markets Task Force. Previously, he had been a senior partner in the strategic consultancy practice at KPMG. Those two sets of experience convinced him of both the desperate need to increase awareness of sustainability factors within the financial community, and the tremendous transformational potential available if this could be achieved. His latest book is “Investing in a Sustainable World.”