In the closing months of 2022, our women leaders continued to honor our heritage as a women-owned and women led business. President & Founder, Geeta Aiyer, was recognized by both the Alnoba Lewis Family Foundation and entrepreneurial organization, TiE Boston, with an Environmental Leadership Award and a Lifetime Achievement Award, respectively, and CEO Ally McDonald’s leadership earned Boston Common yet another spot in the annual Top 100 Women-Led Businesses in Massachusetts list. This edition of the Active Investor Impact Update highlights more of the impactful work and thought leadership from Boston Common's women in the fourth quarter. Active Investor [...]
By Lauren Compere, Head of Stewardship & Engagement During the autumn of 2022, I had the opportunity to travel to Asia for the first time in three years, visiting Japan and Korea to continue Boston Common’s ongoing shareowner engagement work in person. Over several days, I joined an ICGN1 investor delegation, met with Japanese regulators, spoke at the ICGN Korea conference on Human Capital Management, and connected with eight portfolio companies. Boston Common’s engagement approach, conducted mostly in a virtual setting since the start of the Pandemic, values in-person company meetings for providing a detailed understanding of corporate culture, sustainability [...]
Investor Call to Action - Ensuring a gender-responsive Corporate Sustainability Due Diligence Directive (CSDDD) Following the release of the EU Council's position last week, which included no mention of gender, Boston Common sent an open letter to European representatives calling on policymakers to address gender in the new Directive on Corporate Sustainability Due Diligence, and to ensure the Directive is gender-responsive. Read Boston Common’s Open Letter urging representatives to use their position to ensure that the Corporate Sustainability Due Diligence Directive (CSDDD) captures a gender perspective.
By Ally McDonald & Kevin Hart The seven days before the long holiday weekend in the US saw ten mass shootings that injured 49 people and took the lives of 25 others who would not celebrate another Thanksgiving. At the time of writing, you can add nine more mass shootings and eight deaths to the November tally. The deadliest of the recent attacks took place at a Wal-Mart in Chesapeake, VA, and just days after three students were killed at the University of Virginia. Only a few days before Chesapeake, five people were killed and 17 injured in a shooting [...]
Lauren Compere, Head of Stewardship & Engagement, Boston Common Asset Management Over the last several years, I have watched the Access to Nutrition Foundation evolve from its first Indexes in 2013 to see support for ATNI grow today to over 80 investors with close to $20 trillion in AUM. I helped initiate the first investor engagements using the Index’s findings in 2016, and I served on its board from 2016 until the end of 2021. Over that time, investors, including Boston Common, have broadened the approach to addressing nutrition beyond the Food & Beverage (F&B) sector, engaging players across the [...]
Steven Heim, Director of ESG Research October 5, 2022 Today, we celebrate the 7th annual Energy Efficiency Day (EE Day) by joining over 1,000 regional and national businesses, utilities, universities, and individuals in promoting energy efficiency – the cheapest, quickest avenue for meeting energy needs, cutting utility bills, and reducing pollution. Energy efficiency is vital to addressing the climate emergency through enabling growth in clean energy sources in order to outpace growing demand for energy services. The International Energy Agency’s Energy Efficiency 2021 report states that the world could be one-third more efficient as soon as 2030, and energy efficiency [...]
We release this quarter's Active Investor Impact Update as we celebrate the honor of being named a "Best for the World" B Corp for the 5th consecutive time. All of us at Boston Common are proud to meet the high standards of accountability, transparency, and performance on the variety of factors that are required to be part of B Corp's global community of more than 5,000 companies. As a Best for the World company, Boston Common is among the top 5% of B Corps in the "Customers" Impact Area. This honor is a recognition of our efforts on behalf [...]
Investors committed to respecting human rights have welcomed the EU’s Sustainable Corporate Governance Initiative, in particular the legislation on mandatory human rights and environmental due diligence.
As we reflect on Boston Common's Q2 2022 engagement impacts, we are also celebrating last year's efforts with our 6th annual Impact Report released earlier this month. Highlighting our engagement efforts in 2021, the report demonstrates our authentic approach to addressing urgent systemic issues where we see opportunities to generate positive impacts. At the start of 2022, we refocused our engagement priorities to include inclusive finance, digital inclusion, gender equity, and sustainable solar, and these themes have guided us toward early 2022 engagement results, headlined by a recent victory with Netflix. Read our Active Investor Impact Update for 2022 highlights and more on our [...]