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 31, 2019
Advancing “Access” in Gender Lens Investing
Gender Equality

Advancing “Access” in Gender Lens Investing

Gender lens investment approaches have expanded in recent years. All asset classes have seen a tremendous increase in the number of funds and assets under management since 2014. Fund strategies range from empowering…

September 18, 2018
Considering ESG Factors in Fixed Income Investing: A guide for asset owners

Considering ESG Factors in Fixed Income Investing: A guide for asset owners

Executive Summary Access our full report here . Much has been written about the strategies, theoretical and practical, that can be employed by asset managers to integrate Environmental, Social and…

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…

August 21, 2018
The Data Privacy Puzzle
Industry, Innovation and Infrastructure

The Data Privacy Puzzle

Who owns consumer data? Do consumers trust companies with their data? Will consumers embrace new technologies that reveal more information about them to companies? Are companies ready to respond to changing attitudes about consumer data? These…

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 12, 2018
Structural Complicity: Sexual and gender-based violence as an emerging investment risk
Gender EqualityReduced InequalitiesPeace, Justice and Strong Institutions

Structural Complicity: Sexual and gender-based violence as an emerging investment risk

“Time’s Up”… #MeToo … allegations of abusive behavior by corporate chiefs … the groundswell of public attention to sexual and gender-based violence (SGBV) is revealing how pervasive it is at all levels of society, in…

November 29, 2017
Blockchain: Rearranging Trust
Industry, Innovation and Infrastructure

Blockchain: Rearranging Trust

Trust: • assured reliance on the character, ability, strength, or truth of someone or something • dependence on something future or contingent: hope • reliance on future payment for property (such as merchandise) delivered A ‘trustless’…

September 12, 2017
Making Sense of Blockchain Opportunities
Industry, Innovation and Infrastructure

Making Sense of Blockchain Opportunities

Executive Summary: A blockchain taxonomy for investors. Blockchain technology is being used in a growing diversity of applications, offering a complex array of investment opportunities. While the technology is so…

June 21, 2017
Governance and the Ungovernable: Implications of Blockchain Proliferation
Industry, Innovation and Infrastructure

Governance and the Ungovernable: Implications of Blockchain Proliferation

Overview Theory and politics. The blockchain and related innovations represent a new and relatively complex set of potential investment opportunities. The technology has received significant attention from a range of…

February 16, 2017
At the Intersection: Where ESG Matters to Factor Investing

At the Intersection: Where ESG Matters to Factor Investing

Executive Summary From “How” to “Where” — For many investors, the conversation has shifted from how ESG matters (i. e. , performance) to where it matters. When ESG matters to an…

December 19, 2016
Real Estate and Its ESG Footprint: A Sector Strategy Perspective

Real Estate and Its ESG Footprint: A Sector Strategy Perspective

Executive Summary A New GIC. On September 1, 2016, MSCI added Real Estate as a new sector, increasing the number of GICS sectors to 11. Real Estate through an ESG…

October 25, 2016
Extractive Company Values: Environmental & Social Issues as Indicators of Strategy Execution Potential
Industry, Innovation and InfrastructureSustainable Cities and CommunitiesResponsible Consumption and Production

Extractive Company Values: Environmental & Social Issues as Indicators of Strategy Execution Potential

Below is an executive summary of our in-depth report. Click here for an extract of that report. The full version is available to clients of Cornerstone Capital Group.  

September 29, 2016
Evolving Lifecycles in an ESG Materiality Matrix

Evolving Lifecycles in an ESG Materiality Matrix

Executive Summary Evolving ESG Lifecycles. For most sectors, the likelihood of adverse ESG events and their potential financial impacts evolve through a lifecycle. ESG lifecycles determine the time it takes…

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