At Matter, we believe great investments aspire to great purposes. We work to find investments that positively impact all stakeholders—customers, communities, and shareholders. Sustainable investing represents the intersection of evolving social and investment perspectives that creates an opportunity to more fully align investments with the vision, values, and wealth purpose of each of our client families.
A sustainable or impact lens is an integral part of the investment strategy we use to build and manage portfolios for Matter families. We believe high-quality investments perform well because (not in spite) of the fact that they bring awareness and integration of environmental, social, and governance (ESG) factors into their process.
While sustainable, responsible, and impact investing seem to be hot topics, the concept has old roots. It started as “ethical investing” in the 1970s and has grown from being a niche strategy to one that’s relatively wide-ranging. Since history often provides valuable context for the present and insight into the future, it’s helpful to understand how sustainable investing has evolved over time.
According to The Forum for Sustainable and Responsible Investment, the segment has exploded during the past decade.
During this period of growth, the approaches to sustainable investing have also matured. What originated as a “do no harm” or negative/exclusionary screening has evolved into a variety of investment strategies, each with their own focus and perspectives which allow investors to identify and select investments that both bring benefit to the global ecosystem while not compromising return potential.
Our colleagues at Asset Consulting Group summarize these major categories:
At Matter, we have seen this evolution first hand, as the vast majority of the managers with whom we invest now have integrated ESG evaluation into their investment selection process across all asset classes—bonds, stocks and real estate to name a few. We believe that the additional layer of analysis provides investors with the ability to more fully understand the risks to the companies in which they are investing. That being said, for us, an investment with an ESG or impact stamp of approval doesn’t eliminate the need for further research and due diligence to determine if it’s the right fit for a portfolio. We welcome the challenge of discerning between those who talk the talk and those who walk the walk. We are grounded and heartened by the notion that this work allows us to create even more alignment between Matter families, their values and the investments we manage on their behalf.
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