Our resources are designed with a high degree of utility. However, we realize that an organization’s needs are frequently unique. We’d welcome the opportunity to learn about your ideas or challenges.
As described below, the UN SDGs are popular, but how does an investor actually implement them? We have a guide to show how our tools can help.
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- Our tools are designed to be widely adoptable, but we would be glad to provide tailored support to institutional investors who would like to, for example:
- Conduct a systems-level “audit” of their investment strategies and activities
- Take a “deeper dive” to better understand or replicate the systems-level approach of a given investor that goes beyond the detailed but standardized analysis available in our database
- Design a targeted investment program on a given systems-level issue, such as climate change or human rights, based on the leading practices of the world’s top investors
- Develop an Investment Beliefs Statement that integrates systems-level considerations
- Create or enhance a manager selection process that is more considerate of systems-level issues
- Stay ahead of the curve, competitors, and broader impact and ESG market trends
- TIIP’s customized solutions are available to investors with all levels of systems-level knowledge.
The UN SDGs are immensely popular, but how does an investor actually implement them? TIIP has created a guide to make frameworks like the UN’s actionable.
Recommendations for Institutional Investors from The Investment Integration Project (TIIP)
STEP 1: Segment the SDGs Into Relevant Systems
STEP 2: Determine Which Goal(s) To Focus On
To say the least, the SDGs are numerous, complex, and challenging to tackle
How can an investor decide which goals or issues are related to their investments and therefore worth time and attention?
In our report, Systems-Level Considerations and the Long-Term Investor: Definitions, Examples, and Actions, we propose four guidelines (consensus, relevance, effectiveness, uncertainty) to help investors identify broad, “systems-level” issues and examples of how this can be accomplished in practice.
STEP 3: Use TIIP's Resources to Take Action
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Steve Lydenberg, TIIP’s Founder and CEO, also serves as Partner, Strategic Vision of Domini Social Investments where he provides strategic vision and direction to guide the firm’s policies, procedures, and daily practices. Mr. Lydenberg previously served as the firm’s Chief Investment Officer and was a co-founder of the Domini 400 Social Index, the first index to utilize social and environmental standards. In addition, Mr. Lydenberg has been active in researching the social and environmental performance of corporations since 1975. Mr. Lydenberg was a co-founder of KLD Research & Analytics, Inc. and served as its research director from 1990 to 2001. From 1987 to 1989, he was an associate with Franklin Research and Development Corporation (now known as Trillium Asset Management). For 12 years he worked with the Council on Economic Priorities, ultimately as director of corporate accountability research. Mr. Lydenberg is the Founding Director of the Initiative for Responsible Investment (IRI) at the Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University, which was established to provide institutional support for catalytic activity for responsible investment, broadly construed, with a strong focus on creating a foundation of research activity around the field. He has published widely on responsible investment and corporate social responsibility and is a CFA charter holder.
William Burckart, TIIP’s President and COO, has been at the forefront of ESG and impact investing, having worked as an advisor to investment management firms, private foundations, non-profits, government and major financial services industry bodies, helping to integrate impact and investment goals through the development and implementation of ESG and impact investment strategies across a range of regions and sectors. He has contributed to the field through groundbreaking research, including leading a multiyear field building effort focused on the financial services industry in collaboration with the Money Management Institute; managing the production of (and is a contributing author to) the New Frontiers of Philanthropy: A Guide to the New Tools and Actors that Are Reshaping Global Philanthropy and Social Investing (Oxford University Press: 2014), and was involved in the writing of the Status of the Social impact investing Market: A Primer (UK Cabinet Office: 2013) that was distributed to policymakers at the inaugural G8-level forum on impact investing. Mr. Burckart is a visiting scholar of the Federal Reserve Bank of San Francisco, serves on the Global Advisory Council of Cornerstone Capital Group, and is a founder or co-founder of two impact investment advisory firms (Burckart Consulting and Impact Economy LLC).