Australian Ethical appoints head of ethics

Friday, 28 March, 2014

Investment manager Australian Ethical has announced the appointment of Dr Stewart Palmer as its new head of ethics. An expert in business ethics, Dr Palmer has recently championed business consulting, leadership and educational programs at the St James Ethics Centre, advising companies on the implementation of ethical frameworks within their business practices.

The inaugural role will see Dr Palmer working with Australian Ethical’s advisers at CAER and the investment team to further develop the company’s ethical investment frameworks, which govern the way Australian Ethical interprets its ethical charter. He will also manage corporate advocacy, whereby companies are encouraged to improve their ethical behaviour across a number of issues, including human rights and climate change.

“Australian Ethical is the leader in ethical investment in Australia, and Stuart’s expertise in the practical application of ethical thinking combined with extensive legal, commercial and markets experience will only strengthen that reputation,” said managing director Phil Vernon. “His skills and experience will be invaluable in navigating the complex issues that arise, ensuring that our corporate and investment decision-making remain true to our ethical charter, serving all of our stakeholders including shareholders, superannuation fund members, investors and the community at large.”

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