Jul 18, 2023 - Economy & Business

BlackRock's newest board member

Saudi Aramco CEO Amin Nasser, center, attends the Future Investment Initiative conference in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, on Oct. 26, 2022. Photo: Tasneem Alsultan/Bloomberg via Getty Images

The boss of Saudi Arabia's state-owned oil company is joining the board of BlackRock, Nathan writes.

Driving the news: Saudi Aramco CEO Amin Nasser is replacing Bader Alsaad, chair of the Arab Fund for Economic & Social Development, who will depart when his term expires in 2024.

Why it matters: With more than $9 trillion in assets under its management, BlackRock has emphasized its commitment to responsible environment, social and governance (ESG)-based investing.

  • But CEO Larry Fink has recently tried to distance the company from the hot-button term as political backlash builds.
  • Saudi Arabia is also under scrutiny for its human rights record.

Details: Nasser led Saudi Aramco's record-large IPO, and he's directed the company's push for net zero emissions by 2050.

  • But he's also argued that "alternatives are not ready to shoulder a heavy load of the growing energy demand and therefore we need to work in parallel until alternatives are ready," Reuters reported.

Keep in mind: BlackRock's Fink was a vocal proponent of ESG, but he recently told the Aspen Ideas Festival that he won't use the term anymore.

  • "I do believe in conscientious capitalism," he said, but ESG has "been misused by the far left and the far right."
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