ESG Insights

Read our thought leadership on evolving environmental, social and governance issues.

February 8, 2018

Political Headwinds are Not Showstoppers

2017 was a year that many expected to be a disaster, from the perspective of sustainability.
January 10, 2018

How to Not Give Your Clients What They Want

This is the digital age, and one of the hallmarks of that is customization.
December 19, 2017

The Financial Performance of Sustainability: What’s New in the Literature

I’ve been collecting articles that link sustainability to financial performance for a long time (when I started, people were hunting mammoths).
November 2, 2017

Investing in the Future of Transportation

In this article from Impax Asset Management, David Richardson considers investment opportunities associated with the uptick in electric vehicles.
October 24, 2017

Sustainability-Competent Boards are Risk-Competent Boards

To truly represent the interests of shareholders who are aware of the potential risks and opportunities posed by the various facets of sustainability, boards will need sustainability competence.
October 10, 2017

Sustainable Investing: Like Investing (But More Sustainable)

A wealth of literature, from both academia and financial institutions, supports the idea that when sustainability is used in investment, returns do not suffer, and often outperform traditional investment.
September 25, 2017

Sustainability Ratings Disagree. This is Not a Problem.

Think of sustainability analysis the same way you think of financial analysis. Different approaches to the same multifaceted problem are a source of innovation, a way that smart and insightful people can distinguish their work.
September 19, 2017

If You Think Education is Expensive, Try Ignorance: Investors and Climate Change

How individuals go about assessing their own appetites for risk is their business. What institutional investors do is everyone’s business.
September 11, 2017

New Opportunities, New Challenges

The earth’s climate is becoming warmer because of things we (humans) have done. Since the climate, along with the atmosphere and water, forms the infrastructure of our lives, climate change will affect us pervasively.
August 31, 2017

Investor Activism and Board Diversity

A new paper from the Investor Responsibility Research Center (IRRC) and Institutional Shareholder Services examines how shareholder activism affects board composition and refreshment.