PAIR is a non-profit 501(c)(3) organization representing indigent asylum-seekers and immigrants unjustly detained, originally from over 90 countries throughout the world, many fleeing violence, trafficking, and other human rights violations.
Boston Common, “through its President and Founder Geeta Aiyer, and its Managing Directors Lauren Compere and Steven Heim, has been a leader in promoting human rights in the corporate sector and in working to create a more just and sustainable world in areas of direct relevance to PAIR clients,” said PAIR. “They were a leading voice for immigration reform in 2011, well before its recent traction in Congress. Their positions on investment correspond to many situations our clients have faced.”
“We are especially honored to receive PAIR’s Human Rights Award,” said Geeta Aiyer, President and Founder of Boston Common Asset Management. “Their work provides hope and new beginnings, and it inspires us to continue our own work engaging companies to improve their human rights practices and to implement reforms that end abuses.”
“Boston Common has worked to trace supply chains and conflict minerals to help end violence in the Democratic Republic of Congo; worked with all parties in rural and indigenous communities in Latin America over land distribution and development; sought guidance on investment in Burma where human rights issues have been at the forefront for decades; and divested from Cisco Systems due to its human rights record in China. Most recently, following the Bangladesh tragedies, Boston Common has been a leading investor voice for systemic change in the global apparel supply chain,” said PAIR.
“Their leadership on human rights issues and close association with the Interfaith Center on Corporate Responsibility is an inspiring model for the entire business community and one which we would like to honor and recognize.” Over the years, Boston Common has worked closely on immigration reform with several fellow ICCR members, notably Mercy Investment Services, Inc., and the Unitarian Universalist Association.
Boston Common Asset Management, LLC is an investment manager and a leader in global sustainability initiatives, specializing in long-only International equity, U.S. equity, and U.S. balanced strategies. Through integrated analysis of financial, and environmental, social and governance factors, Boston Common seeks sustainable, long-term capital appreciation by investing in diversified portfolios of what it believes to be high-quality companies.