Ranking: 71

Industry: Investment Management

Mission: A leader in global impact initiatives dedicated to the pursuit of financial return and social change. Their clients share a common conviction in sustainable enterprise and a commitment to ethical standards that carry from their missions to their investments. Aligned with 12 Sustainable Development Goals, with the largest contribution towards Climate Action.

What 3 words best describe your company culture?

Authentic, Inclusive, Engaged

What quote best exemplifies your company?

“We analyze opportunities from a wholistic perspective and activate capital with our investor voice, incorporating Environmental, Social, & Governance drivers to enhance traditional assessments of growth, competitiveness, and profitability.”

How is your product or service having a positive social and/or environmental impact?

We integrate Environmental, Social, and Governance (ESG) considerations into every step of our investment process. We seek leaders on ESG issues and avoid investing in companies with unsustainable business models. We look at areas such as the environment, employment practices and labor relations, human rights, and marketing safe and sustainable products and services. The result is portfolios of high-quality, long-term oriented companies with strong sustainability characteristics and significantly smaller portfolio carbon footprints versus respective benchmarks.

We have helped create industry standards in emerging ESG areas, such as climate risk in the financial sector, human rights, access to nutrition, Indigenous Peoples’ rights, access to medicines, human trafficking, renewable energy, hydraulic fracturing for oil and gas operations, and chemical safety. Through our active ownership and engagement initiatives, we seek to improve our portfolio companies’ financial performance and reputations by improving the long-term sustainability of their products, processes and policies. Leveraging our issue expertise and thoughtful engagement approach, we help build and lead investor coalitions engaging companies, industries, and policy makers on ESG issues. Ultimately, we seek to identify key ESG risks and best practices and then raise overall industry ESG practices and investor expectations.

What is your company’s vision for the future?

Boston Common is dedicated to the pursuit of financial returns and societal change, with a commitment to be an ESG/Impact firm where employees, clients, partners, and vendors are inspired to create social change through the deployment of capital, shareowner engagement, and forward-looking integration of ESG and activism.

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