Responsible Investing
financial returns and a positive societal impact

What is Responsible Investing? Responsible Investing is an investment approach that considers environmental, social and corporate governance (ESG) criteria to generate long-term competitive financial returns and positive societal impact.

With a rising number of organizations and individuals seeking to align their investments with their core values, Clearstead offers a comprehensive, layered solution that brings to bear our signature rigor and research. Our objective: to help each client realize optimal financial returns with investments that align with their core values and mission, following a clearly defined roadmap that delivers results across multiple points of measure.

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.
The Clearstead Responsible Investing Spectrum

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.

Exclusionary Investing

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.

Integration Investing

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

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.

CASE STUDY

Clearstead’s Responsible Investing platform helps organization incorporate its mission into its portfolio

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.

 

Rigorous Research

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. 

Actionable Strategy

We construct portfolios to align with  your customized strategy and develop desired check-ins with clients who may want to move along the spectrum.

 

Measurable Results

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.

 

Find Your Clarity

We bring our clients objective financial leadership through our fee-only advisory model, which enables us to remain objective. We do not offer proprietary products and take no commissions from product sales: our only source of revenue is fees we receive for financial advice. True to our founding principles, we do the hard work: the day-to-day investment management integrated with organizational priorities and family aspirations.

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Clearstead is an institutional and private client advisory firm that is relentless in providing solutions so our clients can exceed their aspirations and build stronger legacies for their families, their communities, and themselves.

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