1820 Sugar Jar is an Early Example of the Value of ESG

We were delighted to find this early example of the value of ESG at the British Museum when we were in London for the Public Funds Forum. The British abolitionist movement, the first populist initiative to result in major policy changes and the model for every protest movement to come after, had made consumers unwilling…

Painstaking Progress for Funds That Aim to Do Good – WSJ

DWS Group Inc., the asset-management business of Deutsche Bank AG, recently raised $843 million in a single day for a new fund that tries to invest in the best corporate citizens in the U.S. Source: Painstaking Progress for Funds That Aim to Do Good – WSJ

Why Proxy Votes are Important for ESG Investing | ThinkAdvisor

When investing client assets in ESG-focused funds, don’t just consider a fund’s investment strategy and holdings; look also at its proxy voting history and current votes on shareholder resolutions, now that the proxy voting season is underway. What you find may surprise you and/or your clients. According to a new report from Morningstar focused on…

CalSTRS anchors Impactive’s responsible-investing hedge fund | ImpactAlpha

 The California State Teachers’ Retirement System is committing $250 million to Impactive Capital, a new activist hedge fund that will focus on responsible, long-term investing.Impactive was launched by Lauren Wolfe and Christian Asmar, who previously worked at Blue Harbour Group, a 15-year-old fund that built a reputation on being a collaborative activist fund. Impactive’s founders intend…

Why Progressive Politics Matter To Corporate Governance: Forbes

Lawyer Michael Peregrine writes in Forbes about how the upcoming political season may raise more issues about the role of corporations than any other in history: Progressive oriented politicians—including several who are running for President—are promoting a series of bold, innovative, ambitious and thoroughly controversial policies and legislative proposals intended to recast elements of the…