Senior Sustainable Finance Associate (Forest IQ)

Global Canopy

Global Canopy is a data-driven not for profit that targets the market forces destroying
nature. We do this by improving transparency and accountability. We provide innovative
open-access data, clear metrics, and actionable insights to leading companies, financial
institutions, governments and campaigning organisations worldwide. 

About the role

A growing number of companies and financial institutions are seeking to mitigate their
impacts on nature. But many have made commitments that are not being met, and others are
failing to take any action at all. Through our Corporate Performance work and Forest 500
project, we assess the policies and performance of influential companies and financial
institutions. Our newly launched Deforestation Action Tracker monitors financial institutions
with significant climate commitments to track their action on deforestation and associated
human rights abuses.

Forest IQ provides major data-service providers and financial institutions with
market-leading data about corporate performance on deforestation, conversion of natural
ecosystems and associated human rights abuses. This will enable financial institutions to
identify risks and opportunities to help them to deliver deforestation free portfolios by 2025.
Forest IQ meets a critical need in providing robust and aligned relevant data on deforestation
to the finance sector via the data-service channels and providers they already depend

This is a newly created role for this project. You will lead the business development,
uptake, research and expansion of the Forest IQ data and platform through engagement with a
wide range of financial institutions and data vendors. You will be responsible for strategic
product and project management, managing and developing the Forest IQ team at GC.

You will manage a working group of 10 major financial institutions that are supporting
the development of the initiative and engage with data vendors, including ESG data providers
and data supermarkets for adoption of Forest IQ as a go to data source for company exposure to
deforestation. As well as promoting Forest IQ and GC to key target audiences by attending


To be successful in this role, these are the things that will matter the most:

  • Deep understanding of the finance sector and management of deforestation and/or
    nature-related risks and opportunities
  • A track record of managing a high-quality commercial data product for the finance
  • Specialist technical knowledge on one or more of the following topics: ESG
    measurement, environmental disclosure and reporting, supply chains, sustainability, or
    financial services
  • Entrepreneurial and proactive attitude, motivated by impact and making Forest IQ a
  • A strong drive to contribute to our mission, a passion for sustainability and the
    role that the finance sector can play to drive change

Skills and experience:

  • Demonstrable experience in managing a commercial data product and service
  • Ability to manage a fast-moving data project with a wide set of partners and
    stakeholders, and maintain buy-in
  • Demonstrable experience of business development and client support for a data
    product for the finance sector
  • An understanding of ESG metrics, nature-related data and disclosure
  • Ability to manage people, foster a dynamic team that is able to deliver against the
    Forest IQ strategy
  • Strong written communication skills and ability to communicate complex data to a
    targeted finance sector audience

At Global Canopy, we value diversity and inclusion. You can read our diversity
statement on our website. We encourage
applications from all backgrounds and are committed to having a team with a diverse set of
skills, experiences and abilities. We are committed to reducing systemic barriers in our
recruitment processes. 

Global Canopy works on issues of tropical deforestation. We are particularly interested
in strengthening our team to include those with a background from forest regions such as Latin
America and South East Asia. We would welcome applications from people from these

Global Canopy is an inclusive employer and accommodations will be made to allow anyone
who requires additional support to apply for this role. Please get in touch with us if you
require any additional support.

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