Calvert launches Calvert Institute for Responsible Investing

ESG

Calvert Research and Management (Calvert), a subsidiary of Eaton Vance Corp (Eaton Vance), has launched the Calvert Institute for Responsible Investing (Calvert Institute), 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. 

As a complement to its internal research and education programmes, 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 environmental, social and governance (ESG) issues of concern to responsible investors.

Responsible investing incorporates ESG factors in investment decision-making and seeks to improve investment and societal outcomes through active ownership. Responsible investors acknowledge the relevance of material ESG factors to their investment performance, and endeavour to invest in a manner that favourably affects global health, stability and sustainability over the long term.

“For many years, Calvert has been a global leader in responsible investing and a catalyst for positive change through our research and engagement efforts,” says John Streur, President and Chief Executive Officer. “By creating the Calvert Institute, we broaden the scope of our mission and programmes in support of responsible investors and society as a whole.”

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 organisations 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. 

“We are thrilled to have this opportunity to contribute to the further development of responsible investing,” says Anne Matusewicz, a director of the Calvert Institute. “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.”