(Bloomberg) — Swiss wealth and asset management firm Lombard Odier is partnering with the University of Oxford to deepen its understanding of sustainability issues as it hones its investment process ahead of an expected environmental-induced overhaul of the global economy.
Lombard Odier and Oxford formed a five-year strategic partnership to facilitate the exchange of knowledge between academia and financial services on issues such as climate change and biodiverisity and to help sustainable finance become a ‘‘major field of academic research,’’ according to a joint statement.
Oxford academics will provide training for Lombard Odier’s investment professionals, who will also integrate the work of the academics into their research and investment products. As part of the deal, Geneva-based Lombard Odier, which oversees about 290 billion Swiss francs ($316 billion), will endow the first senior academic post in sustainable finance at a major university.
Hubert Keller, managing partner at Lombard Odier,