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Pax World History

Pax World was founded in 1971 by two men with a well-defined mission. Luther Tyson and Jack Corbett, who had worked on peace, housing and employment issues for the United Methodist Church, wanted to make it possible for investors to align their investments with their values. At the same time, they wanted to challenge corporations to establish and live up to specific standards of social and environmental responsibility.

Their vehicle was the Pax World Fund, the first publicly available mutual fund in America to use social as well as financial criteria in the investment decision-making process. That Fund, now called the Pax Balanced Fund, helped give birth to the Sustainable Investment industry.

Today, Pax World is at the forefront of Sustainable Investing — the full integration of Environmental, Social and Governance factors (ESG) into investment analysis and portfolio construction — which Pax World Funds President & CEO Joe Keefe calls “simply a better, smarter way to invest.”

In 2018, Impax Asset Management Group plc acquired Pax World Management LLC, investment adviser to Pax World Funds. Pax World Funds and the names of all the mutual funds in the Pax World family remain unchanged, as does our longstanding focus on sustainable investing.

In the News

July 30, 2019

Fortune – The Broadsheet – Gender Lens Payoff

The Broadsheet notes the strong performance of the Pax Ellevate Global Women’s Leadership Fund.
July 29, 2019

Financial Times – Gender Lens ETFs Seek To Promote Workplace Diversity

The Pax Ellevate Global Women’s Leadership Fund is included in this article about gender-lens investing.
July 26, 2019

Agenda – All-Male Boards Feel Investors’ Wrath

President Joe Keefe talks about shareholder discontent with the lack of diversity on companies’ boards.