Investment experts appoint MaryKate Bullen

Wednesday 28 Apr 2021

(Atlanta, USA) Leading responsible investment expert to deepen FIA’s ESG and sustainability function – Forest Investment Associates (FIA) is pleased to announce the hiring of MaryKate H. Bullen to fill the new role of Director of Sustainability and Environmental, Social and Governance (ESG). Bullen will be responsible for the firm’s ESG programs and will chair the company’s cross- functional Stewardship Committee, providing leadership across the organization as it identifies and pursues sustainability and ESG opportunities.

Bullen has more than a decade of forestland investment experience, having specialized in the development and implementation of innovative approaches to sustainable investments in forestry, carbon markets and conservation. Bullen’s experience spans North and South America, Australasia and Southeast Asia. Prior to FIA, Bullen led the responsible investment program for New Forests, a forestry investment firm. There she also led corporate communications and media relations.

“MaryKate’s background, professional experience and her passion for sustainable forestland investing and ESG will serve our clients well and promote leadership in this increasingly important area. We are thrilled to welcome her global expertise and world-class talent to our team.” said Mike Cerchiaro, Senior Vice President, Director of Investment Management for FIA.

“Forestry as an asset class is well positioned to support institutional investors in meeting both financial and non-financial portfolio objectives, such as managing their carbon footprint, contributing to the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals, supporting biodiversity and wildlife management, and promoting vibrant rural communities where the forest sector is an attractive employer and a good neighbour,” explained Bullen. “Through its ESG systems and procedures, FIA will continue to work with clients and business partners to deliver these combined economic, social and environmental objectives.”

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