Sustainable Investing at Rockefeller
The Rockefeller heritage in sustainable and impact investing dates back to the 1970s, when the family office began public and private investment programs that incorporated environmental and social values into the investment process. Rockefeller family members have long held the view that investment decisions have imperative moral, social and financial dimensions.
Socially Responsible Investing
Excluding objectionable business activities in order to align values with investment objectives. Pioneered by religious organizations centuries ago.
Investing approach that seeks to generate a positive environmental or social impact. Often used alongside grant-making portfolios to help advance a foundation’s mission.
Investment strategies designed to generate excess returns while catalyzing change alongside specific themes such as climate change, ocean health, diversity and affordable housing.
Seeking to enhance returns or reduce risk by incorporating environmental, social and governance (ESG) criteria. Increasingly demarcated between ESG Leaders and ESG Improvers, which are firms showing the greatest improvement in their ESG footprint.
Drawing on the intellectual capital built over the past 40 years, Rockefeller Asset Management offers our clients investment solutions integrating ESG research and a constructive engagement approach.
Shareholder engagement is a core part of our investment process before purchasing a stock and throughout the holding period. Our engagement approach strengthens our investment process by identifying material ESG issues and constructively engaging with companies to create long-term shareholder value and catalyze positive ESG improvement. Our shareholder engagement “escalation process” helps increase the probability of an outcome. The escalation process follows four stages: (1) Constructive dialogue, (2) Official letters, (3) Collaborative action, and (4) Shareholder resolutions.
We embark on thought leadership initiatives to inform our research and engagement process. As a testament to our leadership, Rockefeller Asset Management was awarded PRI’s ESG Research Report of the Year award for our work with the UN assessing the impact of climate change on investment portfolios. We publish an annual ESG Report, regular updates on our company level engagement work, white papers on ESG themes, and generate customized company engagement and impact reports for clients.
Active Equity Capabilities
- Global ESG
- Global ESG Fossil Fuel Free
- Non-U.S. ESG
- Non-U.S. ESG Fossil Fuel Free
- U.S. All-Cap ESG
- U.S. Small Cap ESG
Investment Philosophy: We believe that market inefficiencies are caused by an overemphasis on short-term results, a lack of global perspective, and historical behavioral biases.
Investment Approach: In seeking to capitalize on these factors, we employ a bottom-up, fundamental investment approach with a long-term horizon, while integrating Environmental, Social, and Governance (ESG) research to provide additional insight into a company’s long-term competitive edge and help identify risks and opportunities that equity analysis alone might not fully consider. Our collaborative investment team seeks to identify active, high conviction portfolios of compelling investment opportunities, and we take a constructive engagement approach to working with companies to maximize returns and catalyze positive change.
Thematic Equity Capabilities
- Climate Solutions
Our Climate Solutions Strategy seeks long-term capital growth by investing in companies focused on climate change mitigation or adaptation solutions across the market capitalization spectrum. We believe that companies positioned alongside environmental sectors have the potential to significantly outperform the broader equity market over the long-term. As such, our approach targets a subset of global companies that have greater than 50% revenue exposure, or 20% and rapidly growing share, to climate solutions across the globe.
Active Fixed Income Capabilities
- Short Term Taxable ESG
- Core Taxable ESG
- Intermediate Tax Exempt ESG
Our Fixed Income strategies employ an investment process based on analysis of macroeconomic conditions complemented by fundamental credit research set within a sophisticated risk management and portfolio construction framework. Strategy dependent, our ESG portfolios hold taxable or tax-exempt securities across varying maturities that promote environmental, social and governance goals. Our experienced team of investment professionals focuses on a disciplined process seeking to provide capital preservation.
Catalyze Positive Change
Positive Sustainable Investments
We provide our clients the ability to generate positive impact through investments that seek to catalyze positive change, drawing from the Rockefeller family’s proud tradition of pursuing sustainable investments for more than 100 years.
Our process seeks to identify investment managers that can effectively utilize shareholder engagement to promote ESG best practices and protect and enhance shareholder value.
We provide our clients insight to promote and scale sustainable investments and markets.
Provide Investment and Wealth Advice
We provide education and resources to help keep our clients at the forefront of sustainable investing.
We advise across our clients' personal and charitable investment portfolios and seek to achieve both financial and sustainable objectives.
We bring to bear the depth of experience and extensive capabilities of our team to identify a focus list of compelling opportunities that align with our clients' sustainable and financial objectives.
We seek to measure positive impact alongside financial performance. Examples include shareholder engagement outcomes and alignment with the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).
Executing on a Shared Vision to Create Value and Catalyze Change
- Sustainable Investing Leadership Coalition
- RAM Sustainable Investment Team
- RGFO Sustainable Investment Team