In our global equity pool, we take a strong corporate social responsibility (CSR) approach with emphasis on businesses which address environment, social and governance (ESG) factors towards sustainability and social development with industry best practices in corporate governance.
We identify businesses which have strong CSR approaches and ESG factors, with many of the businesses formally receiving this recognition through industry certifications or assessments. Some of these certifications and assessments are listed below.
CDP Mission Statement:
We want to see a thriving economy that works for people and planet in the long term. To do this, we focus on investors, companies and cities on taking urgent action to build a truly sustainable economy by measuring and understanding their environmental impact.
Ethisphere Mission Statement:
The Ethisphere® Institute is the global leader in defining and advancing the standards of ethical business practices that fuel corporate character, marketplace trust and business success. Ethisphere has deep expertise in measuring and defining core ethics standards using data-driven insights that help companies enhance corporate character and measure and improve culture. Ethisphere honors superior achievement through its World’s Most Ethical Companies recognition program and provides a community of industry experts with the Business Ethics Leadership Alliance (BELA).
Global Reporting Index (GRI) Mission Statement:
GRI helps businesses and governments worldwide understand and communicate their impact on critical sustainability issues such as climate change, human rights, governance and social well-being. This enables real action to create social, environmental and economic benefits for everyone. The GRI Sustainability Reporting Standards are developed with true multi-stakeholder contributions and rooted in the public interest. Our mission is to empower decisions that create social, environmental and economic benefits for everyone.
The Aquaculture Stewardship Council Mission Statement:
The ASC is an independent, international non-profit organization that manages the world’s leading certification and labeling program for responsible aquaculture. To transform aquaculture towards environmental sustainability and social responsibility using efficient market mechanisms that create value across the chain.
International Organization for Standardization (ISO):
International Standards make things work. They give world-class specifications for products, services and systems, to ensure quality, safety and efficiency. They are instrumental in facilitating international trade.
ResponsibleAg is an industry-led initiative committed to helping agribusinesses properly store and handle farm input supplies. The program helps members ensure they are compliant with environmental, health, safety and security regulations to keep employees, customers and our communities safe.
Forest Stewardship Council Controlled Wood Standard (FSC):
FSC controlled wood is material from acceptable sources. FSC works to take care of our forests and those who rely on them: by protecting plant and animal species, indigenos peoples rights, forest workers’ safey, and much more.
United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDG):
The Sustainable Development Goals are a call for action by all countries – poor, rich and middle-income – to promote prosperity while protecting the planet. They recognize that ending poverty must go hand-in-hand with strategies that build economic growth and address a range of social needs including education, health, social protection, and job opportunities, while tackling climate change and environmental protection.