We are seeking an ESG Research Analyst in Canberra to join the Controversies & Global Norms Research team in our ISS ESG business unit.
The Controversies & Global Norms Research team conducts research and analysis into allegations of corporate involvement in practices that are in conflict with international standards and guidelines, as recognized in the United Nations (UN) Global Compact and Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) Guidelines for Multinational Enterprises. The team compiles analysis reports on over 15,000 publicly listed companies, covering the constituents of major global indices (large, mid and small cap). This research assists investors make decisions regarding companies’ adherence to global norms on anti‐corruption, human rights, environmental protection and labour standards.
The ideal candidate will have prior experience within the fields of Responsible Investment, Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) or Sustainability, with a focus on the management and performance of companies against standards for Responsible Business Conduct. The successful candidate will also have strong research and writing skills. Analysts are, on a daily basis, required to review and assess allegations of a corporate failure to respect established norms, and the candidate will be able to review and prioritise effectively to deadlines.
The Controversies & Global Norms Research team is based in Manila (Philippines), Stockholm (Sweden) and Rockville (United States). Therefore, the successful candidate will need to work both independently as well as collaboratively with their local team as well as colleagues abroad. Working in a dynamic market and international work environment, we put great emphasis on cooperation and offer a welcoming, collegial working atmosphere with a high level of workplace flexibility.
+ Conduct desk research into alleged corporate involvement in specific activities or practices that may be in conflict with established international standards and guidelines, reviewing information presented by stakeholders and companies (e.g. annual reports, sustainability reports, company websites), and engaging in dialogue with companies and stakeholders
+ Write standardised research reports and participate in peer review process
+ Present research findings to clients and respond to client queries
+ Participate in and contribute to team processes focused on strengthening our ESG product offering
Professional skills and qualifications:
+ Proven research and analysis skills
+ Strong academic qualifications (Postgraduate in relevant field, such as international relations, law, politics, environmental science desirable but not required)
+ 3-5 years of research experience
+ Excellent language skills, both written and oral (required fluency in English; fluency in Spanish, Portuguese, Japanese, Korean, Mandarin or Russian is desirable)
+ Solid writing and communication skills
+ Strong interest in business, finance and international politics
+ Good understanding of international norms related to ESG, responsible investment, and sustainability
+ Strong work ethic
+ Excellent attention to detail
+ Ability to work towards deadlines, manage tasks and prioritize
+ Strong interpersonal skills, including the ability to work both independently and as a member of a team
+ A desire to show initiative
Interested applicants should include a cover letter along with the CV in English on a single file (PDF or MS Word). Applications without a cover letter won’t be taken into consideration.
Due to the great number of applications we receive for each of our open vacancies, we are unable to respond on an individual basis.
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