Dr Steffen Hörter is the Global Head of ESG at Allianz Global Investors which he joined in 2001. He is internationally responsible for the ESG integration strategy at AllianzGI including ESG Policy and Framework, ESG Investment Positioning, ESG Investment Offering/ Product Design and ESG Client Investment Advisory. Dr Hörter has published various whitepapers and thought leader pieces on financial materiality of ESG in Equities, ESG in Corporate Fixed Income, ESG in Sovereign Bonds and ESG in Strategic Asset Allocation.
Between 2010 and 2016 he has been advising institutional investors, in particular pension funds in Europe on investment strategy, risk management and ESG. Prior to joining Allianz Global Investors, Dr Hörter worked as a Management Consultant for banks and risk management at an international consultancy firm. Dr Hörter studied Business Administration in Regensburg, Edinburgh and Ingolstadt/Eichstaett. He holds a doctorate from the Catholic University of Eichstaett-Ingolstadt, where he worked as a lecturer at the Department of Finance and Banking at WFI – Ingolstadt School of Management.
Companies that recognise the importance of ESG factors – and manage them well – are increasingly attractive to investors, while companies that fail to pay attention to ESG can be perceived as higher risk. This is causing a paradigm shift in the investment world.