Clare Morton

Associate Director

  • EMEA
  • ESG and Sustainable Business
  • Investment Support
  • Ethics, Compliance and Governance

Clare leads environmental, social and governance (ESG) due diligence and consulting work in Europe, Africa and the Middle East. She works closely with issue and country specialists across the region to identify risks and impact opportunities in partnerships, investments or operations, on behalf of corporates, investors, law firms and DFIs. 

Clare also advises on compliance, capacity building and growth opportunities. These include stakeholder analysis and engagement, ESG/sustainability disclosure and reporting guidance, and risk mapping across businesses and supply chains. Clare previously spent several years in Control Risks’ Africa practice and has extensive experience advising on integrity, political and social risks in emerging and frontier markets.


Recent examples of Clare’s consulting work includes:

  • Pre-acquisition reputational and ESG diligence in the FMCG sector on behalf of a global private equity firm, covering production, manufacturing and sales assets in several countries.  
  • Developing a roadmap to support a recently listed technology company embed ESG across its business, including advising on regulatory trends and applicable reporting frameworks. 
  • Intelligence gathering and stakeholder mapping to support an investor considering acquiring several agricultural assets in West Africa, in light of allegations of land grabbing and corruption by the target. 
  • An ESG materiality assessment and exposure mapping exercise for a diversified conglomerate with 50+ subsidiaries across EMEA. 
  • Pre-transaction due diligence on a Western European construction company, focused on ESG considerations related to labour rights and workplace safety.


Prior to joining Control Risks, Clare worked as an Africa-focussed political risk analyst and for NGOs in Ghana and the UK. She has acted as a conflict and natural disaster risk consultant for UNICEF covering countries in Africa and southeast Asia, and as a researcher for a UK government-funded programme analysing approaches to state justice in fragile and conflict-affected states. 

Clare holds a Master's degree in international development and humanitarian emergencies from the London School of Economics (LSE) and has completed a programme in war, law and human rights, also at the LSE. She is a GRI Certified Sustainability Professional, focused on corporate sustainability reporting. 

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