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Desiree Fixler Says ESG Heads Must ‘Crack the Whip’: ESG Update

May 5, 2022, 2:51 PM

Corporate ESG heads need to police their own organizations and crack down on internal efforts to mislead them, according to Desiree Fixler, the former head of sustainability at DWS turned whistleblower.

The job of a corporate sustainability officer “isn’t a marketing role,” Fixler said on Thursday at the Bloomberg Intelligence ESG Investment Forum in London. Whoever holds that position needs to “crack the whip” to ensure their employer lives up to all ESG claims being made, she said.

Fixler, who now chairs VentureESG, said she’s seen a lot of “posturing” when it comes to environmental, social and governance claims. ...