Here’s a good idea: make an investment and that is good for our community, our society and the planet. Using rigorous academic research, new and constantly-improving technology and our network of investment experts, our team makes ESG investment decisions that A) meet our client’s real-life, long-term financial goals and B) reflect their personal values.
Environmental, Social and Governance (ESG) investing is a global movement promoted by organizations as large as the United Nations and as small as your neighborhood investment managers, like us. ESG investments used to be called socially responsible investing (SRI), but this has evolved with technology and society. For us, ESG investing means doing well and doing good; we don’t believe we have to give up investment performance in order to invest in alignment with our values.
On the one hand, we have seen our investment companies make large changes at small companies who are responsive to their shareholders. On the other hand, a small change at a huge company may make a very large difference—say by increasing diversity in hiring, or in reducing environmental waste.
New research is coming out that shows that investors who consider ESG criteria may avoid companies with larger risks than their competition. As time passes, larger and larger investors are demanding accountability from companies for more than just financial performance. In 1989, the Exxon Valdez sunk and caused massive pollution—but the stock price was not dramatically hurt—perhaps because ESG criteria were less important than today. More recently, the BP oil spill coincided with a precipitous decline in that stock’s price. ESG criteria are financial criteria—the “soft side” of business has a direct effect on the bottom line.
We have been investing using “ESG” since 2009 on a client-by-client basis. Investing using ESG is difficult because
ESG is misunderstand by many people,
small companies may not even show up in the most common ESG screens (perhaps because they can’t afford to pay the costs to be “audited” by third-parties), and
ESG is popular, so many companies claim they’re doing good stuff, but we need ways to verify. On Earth Day, 2019, we made our ESG core models available to a wider audience. We unveiled ESG portfolios that combine the best ideas of our researchers and investment platforms, just right for a larger number of clients.
We use intellectual rigor and patented processes. We lean on our research partners to perform
in-depth, in-person, on-site due diligence,
ongoing research using constantly improving technology and
make academically-proven, consistently high-conviction investment decisions. Our goal is to find managers who we believe have the skill to potentially outperform their benchmarks while they run businesses with the greater good in mind, heart and practice.
Independent opinion-making is a hallmark of a good investor. We often say, the right way to invest is to diversify by strategy. ESG investments bring up an array of sometimes conflicting opinions about issues that are personal, political, scientific, religious and more. There is not a one-size fits-all approach to investing, and your advisor is key to helping choose the right mix of investments for your unique values, goals, relationships and interests.
The right way to invest is to diversify by strategy, remain consistent, and maintain high conviction. We provide our clients access to:
100+ years of combined experience
Stock research lead by a PhD and former Dean of Finance, with a US Patented process
Fixed income, asset allocation and economic research lead by a team of CFAs