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Morningstar names Kuh as index division's global head of ESG strategy

Thomas Kuh to help drive the ESG strategy

Theo Andrew

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Morningstar has appointed Thomas Kuh to the newly created role of global head of ESG index strategy.

Kuh (pictured) will be responsible for advancing the global ESG strategy of the indexing business while harnessing the “broad ESG strengths of Morningstar”.

Based in Chicago, he will report to the index division's global head of research and product Rolf Agather.

He has over 30 years’ experience in sustainable investing, most recently as president of Benchmark ESG Consulting. Prior to this, Kuh was head of index at Truvalue Labs.

Before this, he was head of indices at RiskMetrics Group when the firm was acquired by MSCI in 2010 where he became executive director for ESG indices for seven years. Kuh is also an advisory board member at the Journal of Impact and ESG Investing.

Commenting on his appointment, Agather said: “We are deeply committed to expanding our global index, market data and analytics capabilities to help our clients address their sustainable investment needs and have made great progress in recent years.

“Thomas will help take our ESG initiatives to the next level, working across Indices as well as connecting our capabilities to the rest of Morningstar.”

Kuh added: “We are at a critical point in sustainable investing where investors are deluged with information and seeking credible, transparent insights and tools…yet we have only scratched the surface in terms of what we can accomplish.”

The index provider already offers a wide range of sustainable indices, leveraging the research and analytical capabilities of the wider Morningstar group.

This includes the Sustainability Moat Focus indices designed to give access to Morningstar equity research while mitigating ESG risk exposure and the EU Climate indices, drawing on the ESG risk ratings of Sustainalytics to help investors meet the EU climate transition and Paris-aligned benchmarks.

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