As specialist investors in the transition to a sustainable economy, making our voices heard with policymakers has been an important part of Impax’s work for decades.  We believe it is crucial for investors to participate more closely in public policy design in order to accelerate this transition, including by reducing emissions and protecting natural resources.

Our team is regularly consulted on the design and implementation of public policy. We strive to influence policy outcomes that support the growth of markets in solutions to environmental and social challenges. Through such advocacy, we can both maximise the effectiveness of policies and identify future investment opportunities.

Read about our recent global policy advocacy activities and the impact of our work in the Engagement and Policy Advocacy Report 2022.

Our global advocacy strategy is currently focused on four key themes. Click to read an example of our activity for each of these areas.

Through our policy and advocacy activities we collaborate closely with a broad network, including the scientific community, industry bodies and not-for-profit organisations. Here is a selection of our current memberships.

Bringing about public policy change often seems to take a long, slow arc to completion, but with ice sheets collapsing, resources diminishing and inequality widening, there is new urgency to deliver the major changes needed to transition to a more sustainable economy. There is also growing recognition of the crucial role the financial sector can play in accelerating that transition.

We look forward to making a positive contribution to the important work ahead.

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Chris Dodwell

Head of Policy & Advocacy

Chris is a climate change and environmental policy expert with over 25 years’ public and private sector experience. He is responsible for managing Impax’s engagement in the development of policy issues and providing insights on policy to the firm’s investment teams.

Before joining Impax in 2019 Chris worked at Ricardo Energy & Environment for eight years as Director of Climate Change, Clean Growth and Strategic Partnerships. Here he was responsible for overseeing key projects in the aforementioned areas as well as building relationships with clients in the public and financial services sectors. Prior to this he worked for 10 years at the heart of the UK Government’s work on climate change, including leading the UK’s implementation of the EU Emissions Trading System and heading the UK Delegation to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC). Chris began his career as a solicitor at Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer where he worked on a variety of civil, criminal and public law litigation relating to the impact of pollution on the environment and human health.

Chris graduated with a BA Hons in Classics from the University of Cambridge in 1990 and later went on to achieve a Master of Laws in Environmental Law from University College London in 2002.

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Julie Gorte, Ph.D.

Senior Vice President for Sustainable Investing

Julie Gorte is Senior Vice President for Sustainable Investing at Impax Asset Management LLC, the North American division of Impax Asset Management Group and investment adviser to Pax World Funds.

She oversees environmental, social and governance-related research on prospective and current investments as well as the firm’s shareholder engagement and public policy advocacy. Julie is also a member of the Impax Gender Analytics team.

Prior to joining the firm, Julie served as Vice President and Chief Social Investment Strategist at Calvert. Her experience before she joined the investment world in 1999 includes a various number of roles. Julie spent nearly 14 years as Senior Associate and Project Director at the Congressional Office of Technology Assessment. Additionally, she has held the roles of Vice President for Economic and Environmental Research at The Wilderness Society, and Program Manager for Technology Programs in the Environmental Protection Agency’s policy office and Senior Associate at the Northeast-Midwest Institute.

Julie serves on the boards of the Endangered Species Coalition, E4theFuture, Clean Production Action and is the board chair of the Sustainable Investments Institute.

Julie received a Ph.D. and Master of Science in resource economics from Michigan State University and a Bachelor of Science in forest management at Northern Arizona University.

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