Fulcrum AM Looks to Quantify ESG Risk by Honing Hard Numbers

ESG risks will become part of investment and risk management processes across all funds at the firm.

In 1987, Polish-born Piotr Chmielowski left his communist homeland to study theoretical physics in the US. Now, as chief risk officer of Fulcrum Asset Management, he is taking another leap into the unknown—attempting to quantify risks many think unquantifiable. 

The risks are environmental, social, and governance, or ESG, risks—which the $4.9 billion asset manager defines as something that can influence its future returns, rather than as a measure of how ethical the investment is. 

The firm is

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