Head of Sustainability Financing, Asia
Sustainability, including ESG (Environmental, Social and Governance) is in the core of Rabobank´s values, since our company has been continuously driving future proof developments, willing to reinforce its position as the thought leader in the most relevant networks, establishing and developing future perspectives and positioning these insights into regional and international programs related to sustainability drivers and our core clients.
The Sustainability financing lead Asia is responsible for developing, positioning and implementing our knowledge and business development on sustainability and to communicate this in the right manner with all relevant internal and external stakeholders. This includes a clear understanding of sustainability in relation to our internal policy (Sustainability Policy Framework), a very consistent approach regarding the climate change and the all our initiatives towards reductions of carbon emissions. Moreover, he/she contributes to the enhancement and implementation of the B4F strategy according to the UN Global Sustainable Development Goals. This position needs to coordinate the efforts, build solutions and products to deliver our strategy working in conjunction with the commercial and FAR research teams, besides performing a very strategic and commercial approach along with our RMs and clients in order to offer them enough trust in our expertise and knowledge.
This position will also drive sustainability initiatives and be the connector between local and global stakeholders, assuring that all internal knowledge is accessible to our commercial and risk teams, and that our dilemmas, policies, and challenges are fully discussed and aligned. The Sustainability financing lead Asia shall participate on the policy change and local regulatory discussions and feed our global structure with understanding about ESG challenges in Asia.
All in all, it is expected that the Sustainability financing lead Asia advances and promotes sustainability within Wholesale Asia through developing and leading a comprehensive, integrated and coordinated strategy and working with senior management, coverage bankers, products, clients, partners and external stakeholders such as ONGs.
Reporting directly to Head of Wholesale, Asia, the Sustainability financing lead will be responsible to support the business and the Rabobank franchise in Asia in organizing and/or facilitating various initiatives aimed at realizing our sustainability goals in line with Rabobank´s sustainability strategy and Wholesale Asia KPIs.
Key Responsibilities and Accountabilities
Pro-actively drive the development of a sustainability-focused strategy to contribute to the business goals of Wholesale Asia.
Actively advise the Leadership Team where it concerns the development of an innovative Sustainability product portfolio for Rabobank in Asia in general or with specific initiatives.
Support Wholesale Asia in the development of sustainable finance solutions and their engagement with clients on sustainable development and initiatives, green deals, carbon credit issuance and usage as receivables by clients and support their sustainable KPIs.
Signal and initiate new Sustainability concepts relevant for the financial sector and translate these to the commercial opportunities for the business.
Monitor and optimize the sustainability assessments of clients. Advise and train the business lines in the implementation of client photo.
Development, coordination and execution of sustainability programs with clients and other stakeholders.
Ensure knowledge sharing with staff on sustainability issues and innovations through training, education and knowledge sessions.
Assure implementation of existing Sustainability policies and procedures and participate on changes and discussions.
Contribute to propose quality, consistency and transparency improvements to the sustainability risk framework, when appropriate.
Identify the exposure to sustainability risk issues associated with specific sector(s) and/or sustainability issues.
Strategic Alliances B4F
Ensure relationships with external stakeholders are well maintained either directly or through other senior management members.
Liaise with all Global Departments that deal with Sustainability Initiatives, polices and products, such as Agri3 , Carbon Bank and the Global Sustainability Team.
Create strategic partnerships and alliances on sustainability transition in the F&A sector.
Lead project manager for important sustainable partner programs like WWF
Report to the Leadership Team including monitoring of progress of the existing initiatives and platforms, progress reporting of new initiatives (pipeline) and platforms including proposals for engagements to new platforms and with new external stakeholders.
Client Events & Networking
Represent Rabobank in relevant sustainability networks and support Wholesale Asia in the development and implementation of strategic client events on sustainability & innovation.
Support the business in their relationship with relevant associations in Asia market.
Communications focused on Sustainability
Ensure that key Rabobank Global/Group developments and initiatives related to sustainability are timely communicated to internal (local) stakeholders and staff as appropriate.
Ensure external presentation material about Rabobank Asia and the approach to sustainability are up to date and ‘ready to go’.
Ad hoc projects. Oversee and provide strategic communication advice on various projects that arise from across the business related to ESG
Responsible to obtain and generate relevant F&A content with a focus on sustainability and innovation to share with our clients and other stakeholders
Promote cooperative development in all ESG initiatives across Rabobank Asia. Leverage the bank’s employee and business focused sustainability initiatives.
The successful candidate should have the should possess the following skills and experience:
Min 10 years’ experience in Banking or Business including min 4 years of Sustainability experience.
Experience in developing and implementing products and strategies and driving change within an organisation
Strategic planning and execution skills
Strong commercial track record
Ability to build and maintain relationships across the bank’s business units both locally and internationally
Substantial experience working on cross-functional, cross-disciplinary projects
Effective stakeholder management skills
Superior written and verbal communication skills in English and Chinese
Ability to develop and deliver presentations
Interested candidates may apply directly through this link
Diversity & Inclusion
At Rabobank Asia, we:
Believe a diverse and inclusive workplace is the foundation of our performance.
Embed diversity in everything we do on a daily basis, whether it be our hiring, culture, development opportunities or our policies.
Value differences in our people which is represented in terms of gender identity, age, sexual orientation, religion, ethnicity, disability, background, education, expertise or character.
Embrace people from all walks of life to build a strong, creative, innovative and dynamic workforce that is reflective of the diversity of our community.
Treat everyone equally so that everyone can be themselves, and each individual feels respected and valued on the basis of who they are.