by Amy Domini, Founder and Chair of Domini Impact Investments (Amy is widely recognized as the leading voice for socially responsible investing.)
Globally, socially responsible investing is flourishing. Almost as importantly, it means the same thing around the world. I begin with some recent quotes, which I noted over the past few weeks:
• Datuk Muhamad Umar Swift, CEO of Bursa Malaysia, “As a frontline regulator and market operator, we want to provide an environment that encourages sustainable practices among our market participants.”
February 18, 2020 – For the 16th consecutive year, Novo Nordisk has published its integrated 2019 Annual report detailing the company’s year-end performance.
Still accounting for financial, social and environmental performance, the Management Review details the company’s progression in four new dimensions of strategic aspirations for 2025: purpose and sustainability; innovation and therapeutic focus; commercial execution; and financials.
by Benjamin Bailey, CFA, Praxis Mutual Funds & Everence Financial
Praxis Mutual Fund shareholders expect us to invest with their values in mind. The Praxis Impact Bond Fund turned 25 this year and through the first half of the fund’s tenure we diligently focused on screening out holdings contrary to those shared values. In 2006, our eyes were opened by a public bond offering that showed us what positive impact bonds (those bonds that make a positive impact on the climate and/or communities) could do.
by Leslie Samuelrich, President of Green Century Funds
The climate crisis is precipitating a sustainable investment revolution, and I think that revolution will endure in 2020.
When the environmentally-responsible mutual fund company that I lead was founded in 1991, the average investor was not concerned about sustainability. Times have changed. Nearly 80 percent of respondents to a recent study said that they “love the idea of investing in companies that care about the same issues” as them. This isn’t just lip service.
Uncovering investment opportunities with a focus on environmental, social and governance (ESG) factors across the world’s fastest-growing region.
by Vivek Tanneeru, Portfolio Manager at Matthews Asia
In Asia, ESG investing encompasses large, transformational changes. It focuses on companies that can potentially deliver profits and growth from improving the quality of life across the region. Within this context, Matthews Asia launched the Matthews Asia ESG Fund more than four years ago. Managed by Vivek Tanneeru, the Fund seeks to capitalize on the growth of the region by investing with an ESG lens.
When a cause needs to process a paper donation check, it creates costly administrative work. Non-profits must deposit checks individually and issue manual tax receipts to each donor. Checks also get lost in the mail or worse, sit uncashed!
Electronic payments cut down on manual administration time and reduce costs. Unlike other software providers in this space, Benevity sends the majority (88% in 2018!) of payments processed through our platform electronically, with funds arriving within 30 days.
The demand for employee giving and volunteering programs that stretch across borders is growing. Last year, we saw a whopping 85% increase in the adoption of the Benevity OneWorld™ international solution. More than half a million new users logged into the cloud-based program that enables employees across global offices to support causes inside and outside of their home countries.
ESG content set available for evaluation and testing beginning June 27, 2019
June 27, 2019 /3BL Media/ - CSRHub, one of the world’s broadest and most consistent sets of Environment, Social, and Governance (ESG) ratings, is pleased to offer ESG Business Intelligence data via the Open:FactSet Marketplace. It will be available for evaluation via FactSet’s cloud-based Data Evaluation platform on June 27, 2019.