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Responsible Investing

Commonfund’s First Invitational Diverse Manager Day

Posted by Caroline Greer on Jan 23, 2020

Topic: Investment Strategy | Responsible Investing

Commonfund held its first invitational Diverse Manager Day. The day was made possible as a result of the success we had from submissions to the Diverse Manager Portal launched last fall. Commonfund developed the dedicated Diverse Manager Portal as part of our effort to expand our Diverse Manager Database; to accelerate the inclusion of diverse managers in client portfolios; and to give clients access to a broader array of investment talent.

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Impact Investing – A Market Matures

Posted by Daniel H. Connell, Ethan Levine on Jan 6, 2020

Topic: Investment Strategy | Market Commentary | Responsible Investing

Investment strategy influenced by altruistic intentions -- broadly, impact investing -- has long held sway in a small number of portfolios...

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Integrating ESG into Private Equity Portfolios – What Questions to Ask

Posted by Commonfund on Dec 27, 2019

Topic: Private Capital | Responsible Investing

Many investors, particularly nonprofits, are seeking to align their investment portfolio with the mission of their organization. Following are examples of the questions that we ask managers as part of the process. Your organization may want to consider using these or other questions to integrate ESG into your private equity portfolio.

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Announcing the Commonfund Diverse Manager Portal

Posted by Caroline Greer on Sep 10, 2019

Topic: Investment Strategy | Responsible Investing

As part of our efforts to expand our universe of diverse managers, and ultimately, the number of diverse managers we invest with, over the last year Commonfund built a cross-asset class Diverse Manager Database of managers that we have met and evaluated. The first objective of the database was...

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Commonfund Launches Diverse Manager Portal

Posted by Commonfund on Sep 10, 2019

Topic: Investment Strategy | Responsible Investing

Commonfund Launches Diverse Manager Portal to Broaden Client Access to Diverse Investment. Designed specifically to receive due diligence materials from women and minority managers investing...

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Looking at Gender Lens Investing

Posted by Michael Rowland on Aug 28, 2019

Topic: Investment Strategy | Responsible Investing

Gender lens investing has garnered significant traction in the last decade. Broadly speaking, gender lens investing aims to achieve financial returns and benefit women. Global Impact Investing Network (GIIN), a key player in the rise of impact investing, outlines...

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Emerging and Diverse Manager Programs: Worth Doing Well

Posted by Michael Rowland on Aug 5, 2019

Topic: Asset Allocation | Investment Strategy | Responsible Investing

In order to adequately and fairly evaluate the success of emerging and diverse manager programs, the term ‘emerging manager’ needs to be clearly differentiated from ‘diverse manager’. While there is no formal definition, ‘emerging manager’ refers to a firm with a cap on assets under management. This cap varies widely depending on the investing organization, but usually sits around the $1 billion mark. By contrast, ‘diverse manager’...

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Identifying an “E” Factor

Posted by Commonfund on Dec 11, 2018

Topic: Responsible Investing

Over the past year the Commonfund investment teams have undertaken research to identify and isolate a new factor associated with the environmental sustainability of a stock (or a portfolio of stocks). Identifying and valuing the impact of ESG factors on performance and risk is particularly difficult. There are two important reasons to pursue this objective...

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Applying the Endowment Model to Diversity and Inclusion

Posted by George Suttles on Nov 29, 2018

Topic: Responsible Investing

Commonfund recently launched a Diversity Office, a formal, cross departmental effort focused on diversity and inclusion. The mission of the Commonfund Diversity Office is to intentionally promote and foster institutional racial and gender equity through our investment processes, thought leadership, and professional and organizational development. As a new Managing Director at the Commonfund Institute, and a member of the Diversity Office, I have been thinking about how our firm can effectively develop and implement strategies focused on fostering diversity and inclusion...

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Viewpoint: Responsible Investing – Read All About It

Posted by Commonfund Institute on Aug 10, 2018

Topic: Responsible Investing

The new and newsworthy in this year’s Council on Foundations–Commonfund Study of Investment of Endowments for Private and Community Foundations® (CCSF) is headlined by responsible investing. No other area of inquiry showed as much year-over-year change or as much change over the past few Studies; to be clear, the changes would not be considered dramatic, but they are consistent and the trend line is easily discernible.

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