Operating Principles

We endeavor to:

  • Be responsible stewards of our clients’ assets by seeking competitive investment returns from thoughtfully constructed portfolios of companies that can contribute to and benefit from sustainable global growth.
  • Provide high-quality client service that is responsive, timely, and wherever possible, proactive.
  • Use our voice as representatives of shareowners effectively, working to advance the global dialogue on sustainable growth, and encouraging responsible corporate conduct within a market framework.
  • Adhere to the highest standards of ethical behavior and fiduciary responsibility.
  • Provide a rewarding and supportive work environment that allows Boston Common’s team members to work together to achieve client objectives as well as personal growth goals.
  • Be responsible members of our community as individuals and as an organization.
Walking Our Talk

As a firm, we are committed to "walking our talk," and we look for innovative ways to incorporate the sustainable practices we seek in our portfolio companies into our own company culture.

Carbon Neutrality


Since 2005, Boston Common has offset its annual carbon emissions by supporting sustainable reforestation in South America through Camino Verde (2015), South Pole Group (2009-2014) Las Gaviotas of the Marion Institute (2005-2008) We include employee commuting and travel, as well as visitors’ travel, in our emissions calculations. In 2015, we signed the Montreal Carbon Pledge, which commits us to measure and publicly disclose the carbon footprint of our investment portfolios annually.

Composting & Recycling

Employee Ownership

Diversity as a Women-led Firm

Responsible Purchasing

Charitable Giving

Employee-Directed Donations

Employee Volunteerism

Community Service

Paperless Reporting