Values-Based Investing

We encourage the financial sector to diversify its own ranks, while also reforming ESG practices to better assess corporate social performance and protect vulnerable stakeholders, especially workers in global supply chains.

The Center’s program on investment aims to strengthen the social component of Environmental, Social, and Governance (ESG) investing and stewardship—as well as to promote greater diversity within the financial world itself. We reject the conservative criticism of sustainability as “woke capitalism.” But we share the skepticism of good-faith critics that current ESG frameworks inadequately assess corporate performance. Our primary goal is to reform ESG investment in ways that clarify its social component and incentivize businesses to improve their treatment of vulnerable stakeholders, especially workers in global supply chains. Along the way, the financial sector needs to improve its own respect for diversity in the workplace.

Promoting Racial & Gender Equity in Investing
The Center is challenging investment practices that create barriers for women and people of color.
Reforming ESG
Sustainable investment can be revived as a meaningful way to express investor values, hold companies accountable for the harm they may cause, and reward greater corporate respect for labor and human rights.


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Putting The ‘S’ In ESG: Measuring Human Rights Performance For Investors

The Center published an in-depth study of 12 leading frameworks for assessing companies’ social practices and impacts. It found that current measurement focuses on what is most convenient rather than most meaningful. Ninety-two percent of measures looked at company governance structures without any attempt to evaluate the effectiveness of those structures.


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