Our Research team produces in-depth thematic and sector reports, connecting environmental, social and governance issues with industry and equity market analysis to identify investment opportunities and risks at the sector level. Our equity strategy work informs our asset allocation decisions, and we use our thematic work to engage asset managers in an ongoing dialogue on critical investment issues.
August 12, 2020
Investing to Advance Racial Equity: Second Edition
No PovertyDecent Work and Economic GrowthReduced InequalitiesSustainable Cities and CommunitiesPeace, Justice and Strong InstitutionsPartnerships for the Goals

Investing to Advance Racial Equity: Second Edition

Since we published the first edition of this report in 2018, there has been a widespread increase in the general public’s awareness about structural racism and the many ways people of color have been systematically…

July 8, 2020
Women Entrepreneurs:  Foundational to Economic Recovery
Gender EqualityDecent Work and Economic Growth

Women Entrepreneurs: Foundational to Economic Recovery

Executive Summary The creation of small businesses boosts economic growth by introducing new products, services, and technologies into the economy. Most importantly, it provides new job opportunities, challenges existing firms,…

May 5, 2020
Investing in the Future of Work
Quality EducationDecent Work and Economic GrowthIndustry, Innovation and Infrastructure

Investing in the Future of Work

The future is specialized. The rise of artificial intelligence (AI) is affecting the professional job market in much the same way automation and robotics impacted production and service jobs over the past…

October 23, 2019
Intentional Design: Embracing the Circular Economy
Decent Work and Economic GrowthIndustry, Innovation and InfrastructureSustainable Cities and CommunitiesResponsible Consumption and ProductionClimate ActionPartnerships for the Goals

Intentional Design: Embracing the Circular Economy

The economic model of our current era is linear. We take resources from nature, make them into a product and then throw the item away when we’re done with it. The result? Overflowing…

April 4, 2019
Investing to Revitalize Rural America
No PovertyGood Health and Well-BeingDecent Work and Economic GrowthIndustry, Innovation and InfrastructureReduced InequalitiesSustainable Cities and CommunitiesResponsible Consumption and Production

Investing to Revitalize Rural America

Rising income and wealth inequality is a widely recognized social concern in the United States. This is a multi-faceted issue, with root causes that vary according to demographics, and one that impact investors have…

September 12, 2018
Investing to Advance Racial Equity: Practical ways to tackle economic inequality
No PovertyDecent Work and Economic GrowthReduced InequalitiesPeace, Justice and Strong Institutions

Investing to Advance Racial Equity: Practical ways to tackle economic inequality

Executive Summary Access our full report here . The US legacy of inequality based on race and ethnicity is rooted in centuries-old policies and practices that were designed to provide greater…

May 18, 2017
Retail Automation: Stranded Workers? Opportunities and risks for labor and automation
Decent Work and Economic GrowthIndustry, Innovation and InfrastructureReduced InequalitiesSustainable Cities and Communities

Retail Automation: Stranded Workers? Opportunities and risks for labor and automation

Executive summary (download full report here ) The retail landscape is experiencing unprecedented change in the face of disruptive forces, one of the most recent and powerful being the rapid rise of automation…

February 21, 2017
The Art of the Possible: Investing to Address Inequality
Decent Work and Economic GrowthReduced Inequalities

The Art of the Possible: Investing to Address Inequality

Executive Summary 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. The rise of populist…

September 7, 2016
Women in an Automated World
Gender EqualityDecent Work and Economic GrowthReduced Inequalities

Women in an Automated World

Increasing automation will change the composition of the US workforce. 49% of workers are in professions that face a high risk (greater than 70% probability) of computerization, defined as automation by computer-controlled…

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