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Responsible Investing

Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion:
Staying the Course in Uncertain Times

Posted by George Suttles on Mar 24, 2020

Topic: COVID-19 | Responsible Investing

The times we are living in are unprecedented. Social distancing, sheltering in place, business closures and other measures are being employed to mitigate the spread of COVID-19 to more vulnerable members of the population. Due to this pandemic, the markets are reeling, having fallen 30 percent from its peak in just a few weeks.

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Viewpoint | Responsible Investing: Evolution, Not Resolution

Posted by Commonfund Institute on Mar 6, 2020

Topic: Industry Knowledge | Responsible Investing

In recent years, responsible investing has received mounting levels of attention from all quarters of the investment management field, from institutional investors large and small to global asset managers to reporting and analytical service providers, not to mention organizations whose mission it is to promulgate responsible investing. Many of their comments and study results have found their way into the media, keeping the industry’s attention riveted on the subject and raising visibility among the investing public.

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The Sustainability Conundrum

Posted by Deborah Spalding, Mark J.P. Anson, John Delano, Kristofer Kwait on Feb 12, 2020

Topic: Responsible Investing

Sustainable investing, sometimes called environmental, social, and governance (ESG) investing, has been a hotly contested topic for decades, an the debate continues with both supporters and naysayers drawing battle lines across the social divide. Do ESG intitiatives add value to an investment portfolio? Subtract from it? Are they neutral, but with the potential to be valuable?

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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

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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