Transparent World

Fourth Annual Impact Report

Boston Common’s Annual Impact Report, comes at a challenging time for investors, companies, and society at large. The COVID-19 crisis and social unrest following the murders of George Floyd and other unarmed Black people in the US have underlined the necessity for companies to serve all stakeholders. COVID-19 has changed the lens through which we evaluate and act, but it has not altered our engagement priorities – advancing our clients’ social and financial objectives by empowering portfolio companies to create future-prepared and future-oriented products, processes, and policies.  


Reflecting on our long-term engagement work, in 2019 we:

  • Engaged 219 companies and achieved 63 meaningful changes.
  • Continued to champion high-profile corporate engagements on climate disclosure, deforestation, eco-efficiency, and plastic waste.
  • Raised the level of our ambition and impact with our fifth global banking report: Banking on a Low-Carbon Future: Finance in a Time of Climate Crisis.
  • Urged the SEC to protect shareholder rights, preserving the ability of investors to engage companies on sustainability issues.
  • Continued to lead and participate in many collaborative engagements including with the UN Principles for Responsible Investment (UNPRI), Access to Nutrition Index (ATNI), Climate Action 100+, and global working groups on Cobalt and Tax Transparency.

In 2020 and beyond, we call on companies to build long-term resilience with a focus on a sustainable, green recovery and inclusive prosperity.

For more information, please feel free to contact Lauren Compere, Managing Director at

Published On: August 4, 2020Categories: From the Commons