Boston Common Asset Management LLC

Socially Responsible Asset Management

Boston, Massachusetts

United States

www.bostoncommonasset.com

About Boston Common Asset Management LLC

Boston Common Asset Management is an experienced investment manager dedicated to the pursuit of financial return and social impact; Boston Common incorporates environmental, social, and governance (ESG) factors into every stage of the investment research process. Through the visionary leadership of founder Geeta Aiyer, the firm pioneered the expansion of ESG into the global space. Boston Common’s founding colleagues have worked together since the mid-1990s and key members of the Investment team have steered the firm since its inception.

In Boston Common’s view, understanding ESG factors is crucial to valuing a company; the firm analyzes investment risks and opportunities from a broader perspective. It seeks competitive investment returns from portfolios of companies that can contribute to and benefit from sustainable, global growth. Additionally, Boston Common actively engages companies on issues that we believe will accomplish the dual task of improving financial fundamentals and promoting leaders on the environment and human rights.

Boston Common has extensive experience serving pension funds, endowments, foundations, mission-driven organizations, religious groups, and families across the United States. Its clients share a common conviction in sustainable enterprise and a commitment to ethical standards. They invest with Boston Common to align their missions with their investments. Boston Common is a women-led and employee owned firm with headquarters in Boston and an office in San Francisco.

As investors that seek to improve corporate practices, we believe it is also important to “walk our talk” in our own day-to-day behavior. It was natural for us to join the B Corp community and support the movement of like-minded companies that are committed to using business as a force for good.

The Change We Seek®

Boston Common integrates financial and sustainability factors into its investment process because ESG research helps identify companies that will be successful over the long-term. Boston Common seeks companies that can capitalize on new market opportunities, implement efficiency improvements, and avoid unanticipated costs stemming from inadequate attention to ESG risks. Additionally, Boston Common uses its voice as shareowners to improve corporate and industry practices globally and to advance the global dialogue toward a sustainable economy. The firm’s engagement strategy as long-term, global investors builds on its investment themes of doing more with fewer resources, treating people as assets, and supporting better governance. Investors with a deep and long-term understanding of prosperity can use ESG analysis and direct engagement to provide the critical checks and balances that financial markets require to function as efficient and socially beneficial distributors of capital.

What makes us a better company?

B Impact Report

Certified since: 

June 2016
Summary:

Company Score

Median Score*

Environment

Environment

The Environment section of the Assessment evaluates a company's environmental performance through its facilities; materials, resource, and energy use; and emissions. Where applicable, it also considers a company's transportation/distribution channels and environmental impact of its supply chain. This section also measures whether a company's products or services are designed to solve an environmental issue, including products that aid in the provision of renewable energy, conserve resources, reduce waste, promote land/wildlife conservation, prevent toxic/hazardous substance or pollution, or educate, measure, or consult to solve environmental problems.

10
7
Workers

Workers

The Worker section of the survey assesses the company's relationship with its workforce. This section measures how the company treats its workers through compensation, benefits, training, and ownership opportunities provided to workers. It also focuses on the overall work environment within the company through management/worker communication, job flexibility and corporate culture, and worker health and safety practices.

29
18
Customers

Customers

The Customers section of the Assessment measures the impact a company has on its customers. The section focuses on whether a company sells products or services that promote public benefit, and if those products/services are targeted towards serving underserved populations. Questions in this section will measure whether a company's product or service is designed to solve a social or environmental issue (e.g. improves health, preserves environment or creates economic opportunity to individuals or communities, promotes the arts/sciences, or increases the flow of capital to purpose-driven enterprises).

50
N/A
Community

Community

The Community section of the survey assesses a company's impact on its community. The Community section evaluates a company's supplier relations, diversity, and involvement in the local community. The section also measures the company's practices and policies around community service and charitable giving. In addition, this section includes if a company's product or service is designed to solve a social issue, including access to basic services, health, education, economic opportunity, arts, and increasing the flow of capital to purpose-driven enterprises.

28
17
Governance

Governance

The Governance section of the Assessment evaluates a company's accountability and transparency. The section focuses on the company's mission, stakeholder engagement, and overall transparency of the company's practices and policies.

12
6
Overall B Score
130
55

80 out of 200 is eligible for certification

*Of all businesses that have completed the B Impact Assessment

*Median scores will not add up to overall

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