ARE is an independent ESG risk and strategy consulting firm integrating sustainability and governance factors into processes for investors, banks, companies and not-for-profits.

Clients benefit from a network of partners and researchers across Asia that provide in-depth analysis that emphasises the financial relevance of these issues.

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Collaborative Investors



Company Engagement Meetings





since 2015


Focus areas

Evolution of responsible investment and finance

Financial impacts of climate change

Sustainable supply chains

Sustainable real estate and infrastructure

Corporate governance



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Company-centred analysis

Sustainability factor analysis

Thematic / issue centred analysis


Economic estimations

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Development of materials and framing

Leading dialogue with companies

Identification of relevant investors

Issue identification and company selection

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Responsible investment policy development

Sustainable finance policy development

ESG framework development

Horizon scanning

Issue analysis and financial relevance

Responsible investment/finance training


partners & Memberships

  • GRESB: ARE is a Premier Partner and represents GRESB in Asia ex-Japan  
  • PRI: UN-backed Principles for Responsible Investment (PRI) signatory
  • Global Compact Network Singapore member
  • riaSE registered social enterprise
  • MAS Exempt Person Providing Financial Advisory Services


The Team

Benjamin McCarron
(Managing Director)

Benjamin is a leading expert in responsible finance. A former fund manager, he has 15 years’ experience in mainstream finance and sustainability. He founded ARE in 2013 to address the gap in high quality, independent research on responsible finance in Asia. He is also a specialist consultant for the Asian Corporate Governance Association (ACGA).

Ed Yau
(Director of Engagement)

Ed has over 13 years' experience working in investment management and company research. Most recently with a boutique Asian hedge fund as Research Director. Prior to that, he was Managing Director of a Swiss investment firm, responsible for Asian portfolios. He joined ARE in March 2018 and focuses on engagement efforts.

Serena Tan
(Head of Research)

Serena has over 10 years' experience working in financial services, most recently with a leading Asian asset management company as an investment analyst and portfolio manager covering Asian equities and managing portfolios for institutional clients in North America and the Middle East. She joined ARE in July 2017 and spearheads its company research efforts.

Timothy Tan
(Operations Manager)

Timothy has 5 years’ experience in consulting, project management and transaction banking, most recently at a leading international bank. He joined ARE in April 2017 to manage operations and support research projects.



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