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.
December 10, 2019
Fighting the Sixth Mass Extinction
Climate ActionLife Below WaterLife on Land

Fighting the Sixth Mass Extinction

Human activities are causing a climate crisis, which is increasingly responsible for pushing various species of animals and plants closer to the edge of global extinction. These include “keystone species” that have disproportionately…

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…

November 13, 2018
Mobilizing Donor Advised Funds for Impact Investing
Partnerships for the Goals

Mobilizing Donor Advised Funds for Impact Investing

More than $23 billion [1] was contributed to donor advised funds (DAFs) in the United States in 2016, yet only a minor fraction of donor advised fund assets are invested for positive…

November 1, 2018
Opportunity Zones: Positive intentions, many questions
Sustainable Cities and Communities

Opportunity Zones: Positive intentions, many questions

On October 19th, the U. S. Treasury Department issued proposed regulations regarding Opportunity Zones and Qualified Opportunity Funds (QOFs). Investors have questioned whether Opportunity Zones and QOFs that invest in these zones would…

April 2, 2018
Investing for Impact and Performance: The Essentials
Partnerships for the Goals

Investing for Impact and Performance: The Essentials

Executive summary: The language of impact. At Cornerstone Capital Group, we apply the discipline of environmental, social and governance (ESG) analysis along with financial analysis in assessing…

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…

February 14, 2017
Exploring the Nexus of Philanthropy and Market-Based Solutions
Partnerships for the Goals

Exploring the Nexus of Philanthropy and Market-Based Solutions

Erika Karp, founder and CEO of Cornerstone Capital Group, was recently interviewed by Charities Aid Foundation (CAF) America to explore the intersection between market-based solutions and philanthropies, particularly as it relates to investment.…

January 12, 2017
Climate Investing
Climate Action

Climate Investing

Executive Summary 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…

February 1, 2016
Tracking our Thesis on Nutritional Feed Additives

Tracking our Thesis on Nutritional Feed Additives

Interest in alternative nutritional feed additives is growing. As we discussed in our October 5, 2015 report Antibiotics and Animal Health: Value-Chain Implications in the US , a confluence of regulatory…

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