Dr Michael Viehs is an Associate Director at Hermes Investment Management in London. In this position he is responsible for the integration of ESG information in the investment strategies of all public market equity and credit funds. He is also leading the ESG research activities, proving the value-add from incorporating ESG information in investment decision.
He is also responsible for corporate engagements on the executive and board level on environmental, social, governance (ESG), and strategic issues with German DAX corporations. Michael is also an Honorary Research Associate at the University of Oxford, Smith School of Enterprise and the Environment. Before his appointment at Hermes, Michael was Research Director at the Smith School of Enterprise and the Environment.
His work on responsible investment, corporate governance, and stewardship has been published in Corporate Governance: An International Review and Annals of Social Responsibility. Amongst others, he is co-author of the widely recognised study "From the Stockholder to the Stakeholder - How Sustainability Can Drive Financial Outperformance" and contributed a chapter on active ownership to the recently published book "Re-Imagining Capitalism" (Oxford University Press) edited by Dominic Barton, Dezso Horvath, and Matthias Kipping.
Michael holds a B.Sc., M.Sc. and Ph.D. from Maastricht University, School of Business and Economics.
Michael presented his work on responsible investing at several leading academic and industry conferences around the world.