Boston Trust Walden has been at the leading edge of impact investing for more than four decades. Impact investing seeks to generate positive social and environmental impact alongside financial returns.
Since the 1970s, Boston Trust Walden has used active ownership strategies to address complex social and environmental issues. As investors, we encourage the companies in which we invest to adopt better environmental, social, and governance (ESG) policies and practices because we recognize companies that effectively manage sustainability risks are better positioned for success. Our active ownership initiatives span a range of issues and tactics with an aim to enhance the long-term prosperity of investors, businesses, the economy, and society.
How We Achieve Impact
Our multi-faceted approach seeks to amplify the scope and scale of our impact.
ESG analysis: Researching and integrating ESG factors into investment decisions
Company engagement: Communicating directly with company management or boards
Shareholder resolutions: Filing proposals for vote at company annual meetings
Proxy voting: Voting on items in annual company proxy statements
Public policy advocacy: Engaging at the local, state, national, and international levels
Investor collaborations: Partnering with stakeholders to accelerate and amplify impact
Thought leadership: Raising the bar with respect to ESG analysis and active ownership
Engagement Focus Areas
Boston Trust Walden focuses its active ownership efforts on climate risk and equality, as well as the governance mechanisms that underpin it all.
In addition, we seek to be responsive to engagement opportunities that may arise, such as initiatives related to human rights and labor standards, deforestation, water risk, and animal welfare.
We report on our impact results annually and publicly disclose our ESG integration approach, active ownership initiatives, and proxy voting record.
We believe well managed companies value input from investors and other stakeholders that aims to improve the sustainability of their business by limiting risk and protecting or enhancing shareowner value. Active ownership is a tool we use to further that aim.