financial returns and a positive societal effect
Responsible Investing describes an investment approach that incorporates environmental, social and corporate governance (ESG) considerations with management of investment portfolios. Proponents of responsible investing seek to align their core social values with meeting their personal, family, or institutional investment objectives.
Clearstead is a leader in educating clients about responsible investing and implementing these policies in portfolios. We have helped clients comply with socially responsible mandates for many years, and in recent years have advised clients on the implications of proactive responsible investing programs. In 2019 Clearstead sponsored a Roundtable discussion with national experts entitled, The Cost of Conscience: Charting ESG Roadmaps for Institutional Portfolios. The outcome of this Roundtable was that we included responsible investing standards in our manager research efforts.
Our solutions are not one-size-fits-all. Some clients might be comfortable simply avoiding investments that are incompatible with their missions and goals. Others seek a more active approach, incorporating Market Rate Impact Investing into their strategy by investing in companies that advance their ideals.
Known as “socially responsible investing,” this strategy ensures that clients will not own any investments that are incompatible with their organization’s mission and goals. Example: A religious organization not wanting to own any stocks that include nicotine.
Known as “environmental, social and governance” (ESG) investing, this strategy scores companies based on how they rate from an environmental, social and governance perspective and seeks to influence standards of corporate behavior. Example: A cultural institution wanting to own stock in a particular company if it scores favorably on sustainability.
Thematic investing focuses on a particular area within ESG and tilts investments towards stocks within a desired area. Example: investing in ESG equity funds that tilt toward clean energy or women’s inclusion.
Market Rate Impact Investing
Investing in strategies with direct ESG impacts with the intention of seeking a higher risk, higher rate of market return.
Example: investing in a private equity fund that directly invests in companies that are advancing on environmental, social or governance causes.
The Clearstead Responsible Investing Process
We recognize that our clients are juggling demands from multiple stakeholders as well as their own day-to-day operations. That is why we listen to client objectives first and then walk them through Clearstead’s Responsible Investing Process. At every step, we make the process seamless, transparent, and easily understood.
Education & Goal Alignment
From board members to customers, organizations today must juggle priorities across many different stakeholders. We believe committee education and discussion is key to aligning goals and setting objectives.
Once clients agree on their current appetite for RI, our research and investment teams gets to work. With full collaboration with our research team, we apply the same disciplined, institutional approach, to ensure portfolio performance remains top of mind.
We construct portfolios to align with your customized strategy and develop desired check-ins with clients who may want to move along the spectrum.
We’re constantly measuring performance and conduct a meticulous annual audit, showing clients how their funds performed and how those investments were exposed to their risk areas. We thoroughly research and quantify the investments to score clients’ portfolios according to ESG, and we measure the impact of these investments on overall performance to help guide future decision-making.