Aon’s Governance Practice Appoints Meredith Jones to Lead Its Environmental and Social Corporate Consulting Capabilities

  • Source: Press Release
  • Published: February 2020

The governance services practice within Aon’s Rewards Solutions business is excited to announce the addition of Meredith A. Jones to lead a newly launched Environmental and Social Corporate Consulting team. Meredith brings more than 20 years of investor experience to the role, the last nearly five years as a partner within Aon’s investment consulting division focused on Environmental, Social and Governance (“ESG”) investing and Diversity and Inclusion (“D&I”). Her expertise allows the governance services team to expand their offerings to provide holistic ESG consulting to both corporations and investment managers.

The Environmental and Social Corporate Consulting team will initially provide corporate issuers and investment managers with the following services:

•    Assessment of current environmental and social standing relative to data providers and peers;
•    Identification of areas for improvement, ranked by materiality;
•    Consultation to develop a plan to address deficient environmental and social issues;
•    Implementation and measurement of environmental and social initiatives; and
•    Reporting on ESG and corporate social responsibility (“CSR”)

“For the last decade, Aon has been providing corporate clients with actionable governance insight,” said Laura Wanlass, head of the governance services practice. “With the addition of an experienced ESG professional like Meredith, we look forward to offering clients a full suite of ESG consulting solutions that will positively impact companies and shareholders.”

“I’m delighted to join a high-growth team within Aon to bring a much-needed service to the market,” added Jones. “ESG is already ‘table stakes’ for many in the investment industry, and it continues to grow in importance daily. Investors and investment managers will increasingly expect companies and boards to be cognizant of ESG risks to their business and to manage and mitigate these risks accordingly, thereby protecting and increasing shareholder value while simultaneously creating a positive impact on people and planet.”

In addition to her new role within the governance services practice, Meredith will continue to work with Aon’s investment consulting clients on ESG and D&I initiatives and provide high-level input to that division’s responsible investment initiatives.

Before Aon, Meredith’s career in financial services has spanned a number of firms, including Van Hedge Fund Advisors, Barclays Capital and Rothstein Kass. Her investment research has been featured in the international financial media, including The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, The Economist, The Journal of Investing, and more. She is the award-winning author of “Women of The Street: Why Female Money Managers Generate Higher Returns (And How You Can Too)”, was named one of Inc. Magazine’s 17 inspiring women to watch in 2017 and was selected as a distinguished author by the Securities and Exchange Commission in 2018.

We welcome Meredith to the Aon governance services team, which now serves hundreds of corporate clients each year, at time of tremendous growth. We are thrilled to have Meredith on board, and we look forward to seeing her expertise in action on behalf of our many clients.

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