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Kaitlin Crouch-Hess

Kaitlin Crouch-Hess

  • Climate-Aligned Finance

Kaitlin is a director of the Center for Climate-Aligned Finance where she oversees the strategic direction of the Center’s firm- and systems-level programs including partner engagement, sector-wide alignment insights, advisory and implementation strategies, and policy and regulatory engagement.


With ten years of experience in the banking industry, Kaitlin brings a practitioner’s view to climate portfolio alignment given her role as climate lead at ING where she oversaw the bank’s Climate strategy development and execution. Most notably, Kaitlin lead the development and implementation of the Terra Approach, the bank’s strategic program for steering their $700+ billion lending portfolio in line with the goals of the Paris Agreement. She was lead author of the 2019 and 2020 Terra Progress Reports, a first-of-their-kind annual report on portfolio climate alignment.


ALM, Sustainability and Environmental Management, Harvard University
MA, International Relations & International Organizations, University of Groningen
BA, International Affairs, Florida State University


Washington, D.C.

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Financing 1.5°C: What’s Driving ESG-Related Mergers?

The investment bank Goldman Sachs recently announced it would pay $1.9 billion for Dutch asset manager NN Investment Partners. In explaining the purchase, Goldman’s CEO David Solomon said that “they have been successful in integrating sustainability, which mirrors our own level of ambition to put responsible investing and stewardship…