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Active Investor Impact Update – Q2 2022

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 [...]

2021 Impact Report

Boston Common’s sixth annual impact report comes when the rights of women and their ability to access healthcare are in question, Russia’s invasion of Ukraine has investors reconsidering their approach to repressive regimes, financial players are being asked to combat gun violence, and ESG investing is under attack by journalists, politicians, and other investors. In the midst of this challenging environment, we continued throughout 2021 in demonstrating our authentic approach, addressing urgent systemic issues where we see opportunities to create an impact including climate change, widespread inequity, and inadequate access to health care. Boston Common's 2021 Impact Report Reflecting [...]

Meet Boston Common’s Newest Portfolio Manager, Michelle Buckley

In late 2021, Michelle Buckley, CFA, CAIA, joined Boston Common’s ESG-integrated Investment Team, bringing renewed focus to the U.S. Core Equity strategy, the first strategy launched in BCAM’s nascent days as an ESG investor in 2003. A key member of the U.S. portfolio management team and the firm’s global consumer discretionary analyst, Michelle leads Boston Common's Multi-Asset Solutions business. Michelle’s work in recent years – including her tenure at BCAM thus far – has been guided by her drive to strengthen connections between capital markets and communities. She considers an understanding of ESG criteria as fundamental to quality investing and [...]

June 29, 2022|Categories: From the Commons|

SEC Submission on Mandatory Climate Disclosure

Under the previous US Administration, the potential for climate impact mitigation progress was lost. While investors and businesses continued to address climate, advances were blunted by lack of appropriate US government intervention. This motivated Boston Common to sign onto the 2021 Global Investor Statement on Climate Change supported by 456 investors with over $41 trillion in assets. There is a growing demand and need for broad and consistent climate disclosure by issuers worldwide including the United States – a first for the U.S. as highlighted in the recent Financial Stability Oversight Council (FSOC) report. One of the report’s key recommendations [...]

The Role of Sustainable Chemistry in Human & Environmental Health

Earth Day 2022 calls on us to “Invest in Our Planet”, an appeal to protect and preserve human health and the natural environment through bold and equitable action and innovation. Mindful of this call to action, we are highlighting Boston Common’s work in sustainable chemicals management and green chemistry investing, key elements in fostering a greener, healthier, more just and equitable future.

April 28, 2022|Categories: From the Commons|

Active Investor Impact Update – Q1 2022

Recent events have once again shown that depending on countries with repressive regimes lacking internal accountability poses a high risk to investors and citizens alike. There is now a geopolitically driven urgency to pivot immediately -- to cut energy demand in pursuit of energy independence. Sustainable investors can finance a post-Ukraine economy by providing patient capital paired with an impatient voice for change. Featured this quarter: The Other Energy Solution What Critics Get Wrong—and Right—About ESG Investing Our Net Zero Asset Managers Commitment 2022 Proxy Season Update Read read more in this edition of the Active Investor Impact Update

Active Investor Impact Update – Q4 2021

As we enter 2022, addressing climate and pandemic impacts are top of mind at Boston Common. We are hopeful that in the new year, investors will bring the necessary urgency to address these uncertainties, driving corporations to adopt a permanent shift towards prioritizing ESG risks and putting the well-being of people and planet at the center of corporate strategy. Amid widespread concern about greenwashing, there is a growing push to develop standards for ESG reporting, and establish greater scrutiny of sustainability claims. Regulators in the US and Europe are acting to address the risks of operating without well-defined global standards. [...]

January 19, 2022|Categories: From the Commons|Tags: |

Biodiversity: Combatting the Impact of Deforestation

The discussion on climate change has evolved over the years to become broader and more comprehensive. Climate change adaptation, resilience, and mitigation techniques play a crucial role in risk management and fossil fuels are often center stage for scrutiny and debate. As conversations around climate broaden, we have seen biodiversity take on a larger role as a risk that investors cannot ignore. Biodiversity encompasses a wide range of underlying issues including sustainable forestry, sustainable agriculture, and indigenous people’s rights. In this first in a series of blogs exploring this multi-faceted issue, we will focus on Boston Common’s approach to engaging [...]

Active Investor Impact Update – 3Q 2021

As women’s rights and voting rights come under attack in the US, we remain vigilant against policies that threaten the diverse, inclusive society we seek. Growth, resilience, and innovation are fostered by broad-based economic, social, and political participation. Focusing on racial and gender diversity at the corporate level, we are holding the companies in which we invest accountable for fostering a culture of equity and inclusion, reflecting this in their business strategy and Value chain and for supporting policies aligned with these goals in greater society. Encouraged by the positive results we’ve seen from our Racial Diversity on Boards engagement [...]

October 1, 2021|Categories: From the Commons|Tags: |
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