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Thematic Equity Investing: Gender equality

The Bottom Line: Six thematic funds focusing on gender equality are in operation, offering investors three ETFs and three mutual funds managed by five firms. Investing case Last week world leaders, including political leaders, executives and other stakeholders, gathered in Paris to attend the Generation Equality Forum convened by U.N. Women—an organization formed by the […]

Thematic Equity Investing: Water related activities

The Bottom Line: Sustainable investors who wish to focus on water-related investments have a number of mutual fund and ETF thematic pure plays to consider. Investing case It’s been widely reported in recent weeks that nearly three-fourths of the American West is grappling with the most severe drought in the recorded history of the U.S. […]

Revisiting Gender Diversity: California Senate Bill 826

Summary California Senate passes bill last week requiring California firms to have a minimum of one female director on its board of directors by the end of the 2019 calendar year. Rather than anchoring the bill on the rights of women to achieve gender equality, the bill emphasizes independent studies that have concluded that publicly […]

Private Prisons and Divestment: Issues and Alternative Approaches

In an Opinion article published in The New York Times entitled “More Cities and States Should Divest From Private Prisons,” Scott M. Stringer, comptroller of New York City and trustee for New York City’s Retirement Systems, along with Javier H. Valdés, a community organizer, made the case for divesting from private prison company holdings in […]

Tariffs on Solar Cells and Modules Not Expected to Impact Shift to Renewable Energy

Summary The imposition of recently announced tariffs on imported solar cells and modules are likely to drive the prices of solar panels higher and potentially reshuffle the renewable-energy industry. But this is not expected to adversely impact the renewable energy sector as it is projected to expand the fastest, relative to other fuel sources, between […]

Gender Diversity Thematic Investment Opportunities

Summary Sexual harassment reports and assaults against women in the workplace and elsewhere may have reached an important inflection point in our culture. These are less likely to occur when companies are well managed and have positive morale and high employee satisfaction. For investors interested in seeking out investment options that focus, in particular, on […]


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Many questions have surfaced in recent years regarding sustainable and ESG investing.  Here, investors and financial intermediaries will find materials that describe the various approaches to sustainable investing and their implementation.  While sustainable investing approaches vary and they have thus far defied universally accepted definitions, many practitioners agree that they fall into the following broad categories:  Values-based investing, investing via exclusions, impact investing, thematic investments and ESG integration.  In conjunction with each of these approaches, investors may also adopt various issuer engagement procedures and proxy voting practices.  That said, sustainable investing approaches will continue to evolve.

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