On the first Monday of each month Emerging Markets ESG publishes a special interview with an academic, expert or practitioner about a specific topic with relevance to environmental, social and/or governance (ESG) issues.
Boston Common Asset Management, LLC is an investment manager and a leader in global sustainability initiatives. It specializes in long-only equity and balanced strategies and pursues long-term capital appreciation by seeking to invest in diversified portfolios of high quality, socially responsible stocks. Through rigorous analysis of financial, along with environmental, social and governance (ESG) factors it identifies what it believes are attractively valued companies for investment. As a shareholder, it urges portfolio companies to improve transparency, accountability and attention to ESG issues. Its focus is global; it manages U.S. and international portfolios aiming to meet the needs of institutional and individual investors. Lauren Compere is Managing Director and the Director of Shareholder Engagement at Boston Common where she oversees global shareholder engagement initiatives. Ms. Compere sits on the Governing Board of the Interfaith Center on Corporate Responsibility (ICCR) and currently serves as Treasurer. She previously served as the Co-Chair of the ICCR Access to Health and Human Trafficking Working Groups. She is the Co-Chair of the Emerging Markets Disclosure Project (EMDP) under the U.S. Social Investment Forum (USSIF), and serves as the co-lead for the EMDP Korean team. Ms. Compere previously served on the USSIF International Working Group Steering Committee, of which she was Co-Chair from 2006 to 2009. She received her B.A. in Environmental Studies from the University of Vermont, and her M.S. in Community Economic Development from Southern New Hampshire University. She has worked in the responsible investment industry for almost 25 years.