Institutional Shareholder Services, Inc.

  • ESG Senior Research Analyst (Controversy Watch)

    Job Locations PH-Makati City
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  • Overview

    We are immediately seeking a Senior ESG Research Analyst (Controversy Watch) in Manila to join our Global Norms Research team to support our review of corporate performance against responsible investment standards.

    The Global Norms team conducts research and analysis into allegations of corporate involvement in practices or activity 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 Global Norms team consists of two departments: Norms-Based Research and Controversy Watch. The successful candidate will join Controversy Watch, which is responsible for monitoring ESG related news from media and stakeholder sources to support investors and issuers in assessing exposure to immediate reputational risks, prospective financial, operational and legal risks.

    The ideal candidate will have prior experience within the fields of RI, Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) or Sustainability, with a focus on the management and performance of companies against responsible investment standards. They will also have strong research, writing and management skills. Analysts are, on a daily basis, required to review and assess allegations of a corporate failure to respect established norms. The candidate will be able to review and prioritise effectively to deadlines. The Global Norms Research team is based in Stockholm (Sweden) and Manila (Philippines) and the successful candidate will be able to work independently and collaboratively with the team to review the reports compiled.


    • Desk research
    • Alerting clients of ESG controversies
    • Product development
    • Review of analysis reports by other members of the team
    • Presentation of analysis findings for investors


    Professional skills and qualifications:

    • 3-5 years of relevant experience
    • Strong research and analytical skills
    • Strong academic qualifications (Masters in relevant field, such as international relations/law/politics/environmental science desirable but not required.)
    • Excellent user of Microsoft Office (Excel, Word, PowerPoint)
    • Excellent language skills, both written and oral. (Required fluency in English; fluency in Spanish and/or Portuguese is highly desirable; fluency in Japanese, Korean, Mandarin or Russian is desirable)
    • Excellent communication skills

    Personal skills:

    • Excellent attention to detail
    • Ability to work towards deadlines
    • Ability to manage a team
    • Methodical and thorough approach to work
    • Well-Organized
    • Good at juggling tasks and prioritizing
    • Strong interpersonal skills, including the ability to work both independently and as a member of a team to coordinate and lead the efforts of other professionals
    • A desire to show initiative


    NOTE: Applications without a cover letter won’t be taken into consideration!


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