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Institute launched to promote ESG investing best practice

13 October 2020

Calvert Research and Management has launched the Calvert Institute for Responsible Investing to drive “positive change” around responsible investing.

As part of its drive to better understand and promote best practice in responsible investing, investors will be given access to research, dedicated client events and webinars via an online hub.

In addition, the Calvert Institute will partner with leading academic organisations, industry groups and other like-minded investors to create and sponsor third party research focused on ESG issues.

Initially launched in America, asset owners and investors in Europe and Asia will now also have access, the group said in a statement.

John Streur, president and chief executive, Calvert Research and Management, says: “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 programmes in support of responsible investors and society as a whole.”

Calvert said the Calvert Institute would address the “leading global challenges of our time”, including environmental degradation, climate change, racial inequality and social injustice. Current research projects include exploring and accessing 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.

Anne Matusewicz, director, Calvert Institute, adds: “We 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.”

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