IMPACT REPORT: Delivering Equitable, Ethical, and Environmental Returns

Our Fifth Annual Impact Report

Boston Common’s fifth annual impact report comes at a pivotal moment. As post-pandemic economies begin to take shape, we are struck by what we’ve learned from this challenging time and the opportunities it has afforded to support businesses that address climate change, racial inequity, health risks, and human rights. While in lockdown, we examined the corporate landscape while considering how to build back better and engaged with companies across a range of environmental, social, and governance (ESG) issues.

Reflecting on our ongoing engagement and thought leadership work, in 2020 we:

  • Helped develop a global standard for carbon accounting for asset managers and banks.
  • Supported more equitable access to life-saving medicines, including vaccines. 
  • Raised the ambition and urgency of our Workplace Racial Equity Initiative, asking nine major companies to address racial inequity across their value chain.
  • Engaged with companies leading to positive outcomes, including increasing transparency on drug pricing, establishing more ambitious emissions targets, and improving gender and racial representation on boards.

This report highlights the broad scope of our leadership, engagements, and projects in a year of unique challenges. We welcome your input and feedback on our work.

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