In this report we identify investment opportunities that offer competitive financial returns while helping to address concerns about increasing levels of inequality and income stagnation.
For many investors, the conversation has shifted from how ESG matters (i.e., performance) to where it matters. When ESG matters to an investment factor, that can have material implications for stock selection criteria.
We recently conducted interviews internally with Cornerstone Capital staff and externally with thought leaders in the finance and foundation fields to gather opinions about the nexus of market-based solutions (i.e., traditional for-profit investment via the capital markets) and philanthropy.
The quality of country-level governance affects corporate governance and, thus, firm value. In this report we update our composite index rankings.
The imperative for an effective response to climate change only grows following the hottest year on record. Climate investing faces risks in 2017, particularly from the incoming US administration, but nuanced opportunities exist for positive environmental and social impact coupled with attractive potential returns.
On September 1, 2016, MSCI added Real Estate as a new sector, increasing the number of GICS sectors to 11. The Real Estate sector’s ESG risk profile is likely among the highest of the GICS sectors.
Given the outlook for reflation and reduced regulatory oversight that has taken hold in the US following the recent elections, we are fine-tuning our sector strategy…
While reverberations of the surprise US electoral outcome will unfold for quite some time, at Cornerstone Capital Group we wanted to take a moment to consider the landscape in which we and our clients operate in the field of sustainable finance.
With a market cap of over US$6 trillion, the extractive sector encompasses over 5,000 companies. It provides raw materials for everything from energy creation to high-tech manufacturing to electronics. Even as the world starts to transition from greenhouse gas emitting commodities like oil and coal, natural resource extraction will remain essential. Smartphones and electric vehicles, for instance, require metals sourced from extractive operations around the world. Yet natural resource extraction is, by its very nature, environmentally destructive and socially disruptive — and managing the risks inherent in mining is of prime concern to extractive companies and the host countries in which they operate. Extractive companies’ success will be in part determined by their ability to position themselves for this future.