The 2020 biannual Sustainable and Impact Investing (SII) survey highlights the growth of the space over the last two years. Of the 202 survey respondents, 61% reported engaging in sustainable, ESG, and impact investing compared to 36% in 2018. Respondents use a variety of tools to implement SII in portfolios, the most popular are ESG integration and impact investing in social equity and resource efficiency & climate change.
Sustainable and Impact Investing
Environmental, social, and corporate governance considerations are integral to investing, for both risk management and long-term return potential. To that end, we integrate ESG and sustainability factors across our investment platform by assessing all material information to help our clients make prudent investment decisions.
Our sustainable and impact investing team, and our firm more broadly, take an integrated, customized approach to building portfolios that reflect our clients’ specific impact and mission objectives, without making concessions on returns. We employ a broad range of impact investing strategies, seeking to finance long-term, market-driven solutions to real societal challenges. We aim to invest in the future, eliminate greenwashing, lean into underappreciated or mispriced areas of the market, stay ahead of change, and align portfolios with fundamental long-term economic value.
We are a signatory to the UN Principles for Responsible Investment (PRI) and the Task Force for Climate-Related Financial Disclosures (TCFD).
We also partner closely with leading industry networks and impact-related affinity groups to help advance the volume of investment opportunities, create connections in the industry, and expand access to quality research and thought leadership.
Investors are increasingly pursuing climate change–related agendas for both better investment outcomes and alignment with their stakeholders’ beliefs. This paper provides a high-level overview of the net-zero investing topic and considers practical implementation options for investors.
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In this edition of VantagePoint, we explore the historical drivers of the value risk premium to determine if there have been any fundamental changes since 2007, the start of the global financial crisis, and to understand conditions that must be present for a sustained period of value outperformance.
Implementing sustainable and impact investing (SII) themes in investment portfolios can seem complex, leaving many investors new to SII wondering how to begin. This paper provides insight into building resilient portfolios that will contribute to and thrive in a more sustainable and equitable future.
Although OCIO has become a buzzword across the broad investment community, many defined benefit plan sponsors have questions about how an OCIO affects a pension plan sponsor’s role as fiduciary and which elements are key to a successful OCIO relationship. Here, we answer 7 common plan sponsor questions on outsourcing.
Diversity is not just about gender or ethnicity—it is about having different perspectives, different points of reference, and different experiences. Homogeneous investment teams are more susceptible to groupthink, missing out on unknown opportunities, and being blind to some risks. Investors should consider diversity in the investment decision-making process, as we expect a diversity of thought and talent will lead to better investment outcomes than a process that ignores this important issue.
While alpha is commonly recognized as a key lever in maintaining or improving funded status, it is often mistakenly limited to purely equity or lower-liquidity investment opportunities. For plan sponsors, this can be a costly misconception. Cambridge Associates’ research shows that active fixed income management can contribute valuable alpha, resulting in significant benefits to plan outcomes.
We advise extreme caution in using derivatives to protect portfolios from sharp equity drawdowns. We recommend that investors look to asset allocation to defend against equity risk before buying puts. For those investors who must pursue a tail-risk hedge, we provide a list of potential pitfalls and solutions, in the form of a case study.