Benjamin McCarron is the Founder and Managing Director Asia Research & Engagement (ARE), based in Singapore in 2013. On 29 September 2021 ARE launched the Asia Transition Platform which is backed by six institutional investors representing over US$ 4 trillion in assets under management and advice. The Platform seeks to accelerate Asian corporate efforts to address the energy transition, starting with banks and power companies.
More broadly, ARE collaborates with global institutional investors to raise ESG matters with Asian corporations. Thematic areas include Energy Transition and Financing and Sustainable Protein. ARE is also a partner of GRESB, the leading tool for rating ESG in real estate.
Benjamin has written extensively about sustainability across the region. His publications cover protein, palm oil, climate change in Malaysia, and how to create an ESG framework. He was also the Malaysia and Thailand chapter author of the Asian Corporate Governance Association’s (ACGA) biennial CG Watch publication, which ranks Asia Pacific markets on their corporate governance standards.
Benjamin is a regular speaker on sustainability and responsible investment in Asia and has been interviewed or quoted for major international and Asian publications including the Financial Times, CNN, CNBC, Bloomberg, SCMP, the Independent, the Observer, the Business Times, Investor Relations Magazine, and The Edge.
Benjamin started his career in investment becoming a fund manager at Gerrard, now part of Barclays Wealth. He graduated with joint honours in Maths and Philosophy from University College, Oxford.