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In 2018 Boston Common was certified at the firm level by Real Impact Tracker, a third party certification process which focuses on full ESG integration into the investment process, in-depth shareowner engagement and impact, and publicly advancing environmental and social initiatives through thought leadership, public policy engagement, and collaboration. Real Impact estimates that only 7% of assets under management scored with their rating system would meet their certification threshold.
Below is more detail on the Real Impact Tracker methodology:
SHAREHOLDER ADVOCACY DEFINED
The process of an investor changing a company through conversations or raising issues for formal votes.
Investors can meet directly with companies to discuss environmental and social issues.
Shareholder can file formal proposals, which can change a company, and spotlight issues into the public eye.
Shareholders can vote on those formal proposals. Votes are impactful when the management wouldn’t otherwise agree.
ESG INVESTING DEFINED
When the market values performance on Environmental, Social, and Governance (ESG) metrics, companies will improve.
How the fund considers ESG in decision-making. Good financial performance encourages more people to invest impactfully.
ESG as a field is yet young. Contributing rigorous research helps advance the ESG lens into the mainstream.
Publicly speaking on ESG is a great way to disseminate knowledge among peers and further the field.
PUBLIC SPHERE DEFINED
Investors have an active voice in public policy and civil society. They can use that voice for good.
Investors can sign joint statements or letters on crucial issues, or pen open letters to the companies they own.
Investors often directly communicate with policymakers. They can advocate for social and environmental issues.
Collaborating with civil society and other investors can amplify initiatives.