- The institute seeks to direct the power of the financial markets to addressing global challenges like environmental degradation, climate change or racial inequality
- They will partner with academic organizations, industry groups and other like-minded investors to create and sponsor third-party research
- “We want to help investors understand the role they can play in promoting positive change”
Calvert Research and Management, a subsidiary of Eaton Vance, announced the launch of the Calvert Institute for Responsible Investing, an affiliated research institute dedicated to driving positive change by advancing understanding and promoting best practices in responsible investing.
Initially launched in North America, asset owners and investors in Europe and Asia will now have access to Calvert Institute’s work by connection to its online hub hosting its latest research as well as dedicated client events and webinars. “Through research, education and collective action, the Calvert Institute seeks to direct the power of the financial markets increasingly to addressing the leading global challenges of our time, including environmental degradation, climate change, racial inequality and social injustice”, said the firm in a press release.
As a complement to its internal research and education programs, the institute will partner with academic organizations, industry groups and other like-minded investors to create and sponsor third-party research focused on environmental, social and governance (ESG) issues of concern to responsible investors.
“For many years, Calvert has been a global leader in responsible investing and a catalyst for positive change through our research and engagement efforts. By creating the Calvert Institute, we broaden the scope of our mission and programs in support of responsible investors and society as a whole”, commented John Streur, President and Chief Executive Officer.
Meanwhile, Anne Matusewicz, a director of the Calvert Institute, said that they are “thrilled” to have this opportunity to contribute to the further development of responsible investing. “We want to help investors understand the role they can play in promoting positive change. Examining race and injustice, climate change and other critical issues will allow us to amplify voices that challenge the status quo based on research results and educate individuals and institutions at various stages of their responsible investment journey”, she added.
The Calvert Institute will continue Calvert’s well-established practice of working with leading academic professionals and supporting innovative research done at academic institutions, governance organizations and specialist research firms. Current research projects include exploring and assessing forms of corporate governance, human capital management, inequality and the financial materiality of gender and racial diversity, ESG integration, public finance, sustainable practices and the global energy transition.