Leading credit ratings, benchmarks and analytics provider S&P Global announced today the appointment of Fred Samama as Head of Strategic Development for Sustainable1, its recently launched ESG and sustainability-focused group.

In his new role, Samama will be responsible for leading engagement with the firm’s clients to assess and evaluate their climate and ESG needs. Samama will also collaborate across S&P Global to drive the development and implementation of solutions aimed at supporting corporates, investors and governments to navigate and realize the net zero and sustainability transition.

S&P Global launched Sustainable1 in April 2021, creating an integrated group for the company’s full suite of sustainability offerings, including its benchmarking, analytics, evaluations, and indices products and solutions. The group serves as a single source for the ESG products, insights and solutions from all four S&P Global divisions, S&P Dow Jones Indices, S&P Global Market Intelligence, S&P Global Platts, and S&P Global Ratings.

Dr. Richard Mattison, President of S&P Global Sustainable1, said:

“I am delighted that Fred Samama is joining S&P Global Sustainable1 as Head of Strategic Development to accelerate our innovation in ESG and Climate. More than ever, investors and companies seek evidence-based insights, high quality data and advanced analytics to support the decisions driving their strategies linking sustainability and business performance. Our comprehensive coverage across global markets combined with in-depth ESG intelligence provides financial institutions, corporations and governments with an unmatched level of clarity and confidence. Fred’s extensive experience and deep knowledge of ESG and climate will bring an additional layer of critical capability to support the continued the continued growth and success of our portfolio of ESG insights and solutions.”

Samama joins S&P Global from CPR Asset Management (CPR AM), the thematic equities arm of the largest European asset manager Amundi, where he served as Chief Responsible Investment Officer. He joined Amundi in 2009, serving in roles including Head of Responsible Investment and Co-Head of Institutional and Sovereign Clients.

Samama said:

“I am thrilled to join S&P Global Sustainable1. With more than half the world’s assets under management committed to net zero, we have seen a huge rise in the mobilization of the finance sector on climate, investors and companies are increasingly employing ESG analytics and insights to inform their decision making. It is essential they have access to the most rigorous and credible data and tools to support their decision making to support the realization of their commitments. S&P Global is an incredible business with talented people and well-positioned resources to support its clients in securing a sustainable future for all.”