Responsible Investing

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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Inaugural Corporate Responsibility Report and 2018 Mid-Year Letter

Posted by Mark J.P. Anson, Commonfund on Jul 12, 2018

Topic: Governance and Policy | Industry Knowledge | Investment Strategy | Responsible Investing

We are pleased to share with you our inaugural Corporate Responsibility Report. Since our founding in 1971, Commonfund has pursued a singular mission – to enhance the financial resources of our clients by delivering exceptional performance, service and insight. Beyond our focus on investment excellence . . .

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What are the Differences Between SRI and ESG?

Posted by Commonfund Institute on Jun 19, 2018

Topic: Industry Knowledge | Investment Strategy | Responsible Investing

There are many terms referring in some way to practices related to responsible investing: socially responsible investing; mission-related investing; impact investing; integrated reporting; and investing according to environmental, social and governance principles. These terms are often grouped under the same category of responsible investing, but this generalization is misleading..

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Diversity and Emerging Managers

Posted by Commonfund Institute on May 21, 2018

Topic: Asset Allocation | Industry Knowledge | Investment Strategy | Responsible Investing

The benefits of diversity are widely recognized in the work place and among educational institutions and other nonprofits. Yet, the concept of investment management firms that are minority owned and operated lags, partly because of the challenge of attracting investors’ capital . . .

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ESG Investing Becomes Mainstream

Posted by Commonfund Institute on May 4, 2018

Topic: Asset Allocation | Industry Knowledge | Investment Strategy | Responsible Investing

Can a sustainability strategy be tied to better financial outcomes? The subject of ESG, or investing in accord with environmental, social and governance principles, arose in several sessions at Commonfund Forum 2018. One session, in particular, was devoted to the ongoing evolution of responsible investing, with a focus on ESG.

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Investing in Diversity

Posted by Caroline Greer on Apr 3, 2018

Topic: Industry Knowledge | Investment Strategy | Responsible Investing

At Commonfund, we scour the globe to find investment managers that we believe have the ability to consistently produce excess returns (alpha) over and beyond their benchmark. But alpha alone is not enough. We also dig deeply into the sources of those returns to understand the underlying factors driving the strategy. Through our construction process we look to combine uncorrelated sources of return, thereby reducing overall portfolio risk. This search for uncorrelated alpha sources requires finding managers that are different from the crowd.

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Top Ten Insights for Foundation Investors in a Mature Market

Posted by Catherine Keating on Oct 17, 2017

Topic: Governance and Policy | Industry Knowledge | Investment Strategy | Responsible Investing

Last week I had the honor of moderating a panel at the 2017 Council on Foundations Endowments & Finance Summit. In the session, “Foundation Investing in Mature Markets: Challenges and Rewards,” I was joined by three esteemed colleagues, representing foundations with over $3 billion in endowed assets and close to three centuries of combined history. My colleagues: Mary Greenebaum, CIO, New York Community Trust; Sherry P. Magill, PhD., President of the Jessie Ball duPont Fund; and Jeremy Tennenbaum, CFA, Chief Financial Officer of the Altman Foundation. Each of these institutions is a pillar of its community, supporting programs that enrich quality of life and . . .

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Viewpoint: Increased Responsibility

Posted by Commonfund Institute on Aug 8, 2017

Topic: Governance and Policy | Industry Knowledge | Responsible Investing

In recent years, growing attention has been paid to the use by endowed institutions of so-called responsible investing practices. The three main practices — environmental, social and governance (ESG) investing; socially responsible investing (SRI); and impact investing (also known as mission-related investing or MRI) — are defined in this article.

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Commonfund Among Top 5 Most Trusted Institutional Asset Managers

Posted by Commonfund on Jun 9, 2017

Topic: Governance and Policy | Industry Knowledge | Responsible Investing

Commonfund, a prominent asset manager for endowments, foundations and public pension investors, announced today that the firm has been ranked among the top 5 most trusted institutional asset managers for nonprofits according to findings from the 2017 US Institutional Investor Brandscape®, a Cogent Reports™ study released by Market Strategies International.

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National Carbon Pricing Webinar

Posted by Commonfund Institute on Mar 28, 2017

Topic: Industry Knowledge | Responsible Investing

The Bard Center for Environmental Policy and the #PutAPriceOnIt campaign will host a national webinar April 5th at 7 pm ET, on carbon pricing for colleges, universities, and community groups. Schools and organizations across the U.S. are invited to participate in this event, which includes a free screening of the Years of Living Dangerously episode “Priceless,” followed by an expert panel discussion.

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