Martina Macpherson

Global Head of ESG Indices, Product Management
S&P Dow Jones Indices

Martina Macpherson is Global Head of ESG Indices, Product Management, at S&P Dow Jones Indices (S&P DJI). In this role, Martina is responsible for the management and development of new ESG indices and for ESG research.

Prior to joining S&P DJI, Martina served as founder and managing partner at SI Partners Ltd., an independent consulting firm specializing in Economic Environmental Social and Governance (E-ESG) research, products, investment content, and engagement services. Previously, Martina held a range of senior global research, business, and product development roles at Hermes EOS, MSCI ESG Research, and Lloyds Banking Group/Insight Investment. Earlier in her career, she also worked for RBS Asset Management, F&C (now BMO), and Deutsche Bank.

Martina holds an M.A. from the University of Frankfurt and a certificate from the Investment Management Association in the UK. She is a writer and lecturer in sustainable finance at the University of Zurich and at Henley Business School, and she is a presenter on sustainable investment and corporate governance themes, contributing regularly to industry and academic publications.

Martina is a board member of the Global Network for Sustainable Financial Markets and an independent non-executive director board member and chair of the Global Thinkers Forum. She is a UK Sustainable Investment and Finance Association’s (UKSIF) committee board member, a Steering Committee member of Women Advancing Microfinance (WAM), and a member of Towers Watson’s Thinking Ahead Institute Sustainability Working Group. She also forms part of the EU Commission’s & 2 Degree’s Energy Transition Risk Project Steering Group and is a member of UNCTAD/Sustainable Stock Exchanges’ Global Green Finance Working Group.

In addition, Martina is a member of the Institute of Directors, an affiliate member of ICSA: The Governance Institute, and an alumni fellow of the German National Academic Foundation.

Author Archives: Martina Macpherson

Aligning SDG Goals – The Next ESG Challenge

INTRODUCING THE SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT GOALS The term “sustainable development” has been in existence for decades — 30 years ago, in 1987, the World Commission on Environment and Development proposed developing new ways to assess progress toward sustainable development in the “Brundtland Report.” Historically, there was a lack of comprehensive goals or targets for “the future Read more […]

The Rise of Green Bonds

Green bonds can play an important role in engaging institutional market participants in the transition to a low-carbon and climate-resilient economy. They can help to meet the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change goal of limiting global warming to 2°C above pre-industrial temperatures, along with the climate mitigation, adaptation, and finance commitments as set Read more […]

Evaluating Sustainable Investment Trends for 2017 and Beyond

In 2017, the world is in flux—we see a number of key developments that are likely to shape environmental, social, and governance (ESG) trends over the course of 2017. These include: The long-term shift to a low-carbon economy and physical natural capital risks; Technological changes of unprecedented depth and speed; A new global economic and Read more […]

COP22 Round Up: Implementing the Paris Agreement and Scaling up Green Finance Activities

COP22 was focused on putting together the work plan that will be required to support the implementation of the Paris Agreement which was agreed at COP21in Paris last year, and entered into force on 4th November 2016. S&P Global contributed to this year’s COP22 conference, with the introduction of an innovative Green Bond Evaluation tool, new Read more […]

Natural Capital – The (Ecosystem) Investment Case

S&P Dow Jones Indices is taking an active part in leading the debate on natural capital risks, opportunities and impact. Recently, we hosted our Global Equities Advisory Panel discussion in London, and we are collaborating with Trucost and other stakeholders such as the Nature Conservancy on natural capital risks assessments. Here is a brief overview Read more […]

Long Term Value Creation – Mission (Im)Possible across the Investment Value Chain?

Long-Term Value Creation – A New Time Horizon? It is ironic that the debate about long versus short term business goals, reporting cycles and ultimately value creation, between corporations and investors, is now going on for more than 30 years – and that the literature on this topic is and remains ambiguous. Companies often forego Read more […]

ESG Implications and the Brexit – An Uncertain Future or a New Paradigm Shift?

On June 23, 2016, the U.K. held a public vote [1] on whether to leave the European Union (EU), which led to a so-called “Brexit,” bringing a seismic shock to British, European, and global politics. Perhaps the biggest uncertainty is the future shape of European politics. Currently, we can only speculate what the impact might Read more […]