Trucost – Research Internship: Financial Institutions Services and Chinese Banking – London

Research Internship: Financial Institutions Services and Chinese Banking Wage: £6.31 per hour Location: London Term: January-March (11 weeks) The company Trucost is a rapidly growing, dynamic, global research and information business focused on natural resource economics, with a growing client base of banks, investors and corporations globally. The company pioneered the use of quantitative analysis of corporate, industry and financed impacts on the environment in $ terms, including assessing 60 of the largest Asian banks’ financed environmental impacts in 2012. We provide the data, insight and tools that businesses and investors needs to integrate nature into every day decision making; to optimise lending and investments in line with global resource availability; to deliver net benefits. Trucost has also spent the last 10 years researching, standardising and validating environmental data on the world’s largest companies and central to our approach is our advanced environmental profiling model that enables us to calculate company and sector environmental dependencies, across their value chain, even if companies do not disclose this information. Trucost’s East Asian clients and partners include CBRC, MEP, PRCEE, BNP Paribas Asia, Singapore Stock Exchange, Shanghai Stock Exchange, the International Finance Corporation/World Bank and Standard & Poor’s Emerging Market indices, amongst many others. Trucost is a dynamic and expanding business, with excellent opportunities for personal development for enthusiastic employees. The role The research internship will be a supporting member of the Financial Institutions Team, dedicated specifically to the support and development of Trucost’s services to banks in China. The internship will involve thematic and sector research on bank environmental risk and contribute to a research project that involves Chinese banks and the banking regulator. The intern will report to one project manager who will provide guidance and training throughout the internship. A full time position will be considered for an excellent performance during the internship where the intern will have additional opportunities to work with global banks, asset managers and pension funds. Key tasks Write Mandarin language in-depth industry and thematic research to quantify environmental risks and internalisation rates Analyse the environmental performance of loan books using Trucost’s proprietary method Account management support – supporting Chinese client account management with communications and research material and answering technical questions. Attend Trucost meetings and events alongside account and business development managers, effectively recognising their needs and conveying Trucost’s value proposition. Preferred experience The ideal candidate would have experience in these areas:

  • Excellent Mandarin and English verbal and written communication skills
  • An undergraduate degree in a relevant discipline, which could include economics and finance, natural resource economics or environmental sciences
  • An understanding of environmental risks to businesses, including how it is measured and applied
  • An understanding of how financial markets operate and a knowledge of some of the following sustainability areas that financial institutions are involved in, such as, China’s green credit policy, China’s emission trading programs, NDRC and MEP initiatives
  • Knowledge of environmental measurement and reporting standards
  • The candidate should be conscious of detail and numerically proficient with natural curiosity and an innovative approach to problem solving. Advanced word-processing and spreadsheet skills are expected

For more information on Trucost, please visit our website: To apply Please email your CV with a covering letter before 3rd January, quoting in the email subject title “Research Internship application

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