Cara Williams is the Global Head of Environmental, Social and Governance (ESG) investing and Sustainability at the consulting firm Mercer, which gives her a unique perspective of how different regions of the world are applying ESG and Sustainability strategies to their investment process, and what themes they are currently finding important. Over the course of this interview with Christine Giordano, editor-in-chief at Markets Group, Williams discusses the differences between ESG and Sustainable investing, and to what themes the different regions of the world are placing their emphasis.
Williams began at Mercer’s investment consulting business as Global Chief Operating Officer in April 2005. She started her career in finance as a financial advisor with Merrill Lynch in New York. Before she worked in the investment industry, she was responsible for budgets and logistics for U.S. Army and NATO MWR deployments.