• Lauren Attending COP28

    Lauren Compere Attending COP28

    The UN COP28 climate meeting takes place in Dubai from November 30 to December 12, 2023. Boston, MA: Sustainable investment firm Boston Common AM thrilled to announce that Lauren Compere, Managing Director, Head of Stewardship & Engagement has been invited to speak at COP28—The annual United Nations (UN) climate summit. COP28 will bring together global [...]

    Published On: November 27, 2023
  • Growth Vs. Value Stocks: What’s The Difference?

    What do equity managers mean when they discuss growth versus value? The answer is not as intuitive as it seems. While a stock can transition from growth to value and back again throughout its life cycle, the two styles offer distinguishing characteristics, and like small versus large cap, play distinct roles in asset allocation. Though [...]

    Published On: October 6, 2023
  • Active Investor Impact Update – Q3

    Active Investor Impact Update Third Quarter 2023 I Beyond the Backlash: Why ESG is Here for the Long Term III 2023 Board and Workplace Diversity Engagement Update V Boston Common celebrates 20 years [...]

    Published On: September 25, 2023
  • Beyond the Backlash: Why ESG Is Here for the Long Term

    Over the past year, critics of ESG investing [1]have issued dire legal warnings claiming ESG may be “inconsistent with financial interests.” A presidential candidate and a prominent media outlet identified, without evidence, diversity efforts as a factor in Silicon Valley Bank’s stunning failure. Skeptics, from opponents of DEI in the workplace to industry players with [...]

    Published On: September 19, 2023
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    Promoting Human Rights in Technology

    At RightsCon last month I advocated for strong regulation and better investor engagement with big tech As investors we must understand the risks and opportunities posed by new technology, which, when used without proper governance, ethics, or attention to UNGP-aligned human rights, can cause real harm. I represented this perspective in person in Costa Rica at [...]

    Published On: July 6, 2023
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    Investor Impact Update (Q2 2023)

    Active Investor Impact Update Second Quarter 2023 I Releasing our 2022 Impact Report II Inclusive Finance Initiative III Human Rights and Technology IV Stakeholder-Informed Engagement V Annual Impact [...]

    Published On: June 29, 2023
  • Shareholder Advocacy

    The Many Dimensions of Shareholder Advocacy

    What is shareholder advocacy?  Shareholder advocacy is top of mind for investors when evaluating an authentic ESG (Environmental, Social, and Governance) investment strategy. In addition to embedding ESG considerations into the research and investment process, a complete ESG-integrated investment approach calls for thoughtful, effective, and sustained shareholder advocacy. This critical, multi-dimensional set of tasks activates [...]

    Published On: April 5, 2023
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    Activating Engagement in Asia

    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, [...]

    Published On: January 6, 2023
  • Investor Guidance for Prioritizing Gender

    Boston Common’s Open Letter to European Representatives

    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 [...]

    Published On: December 8, 2022
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    Gun Violence and Hate are Not Political Issues

    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 [...]

    Published On: December 1, 2022