ESG at SGA
Our approach to responsible investing
Strategic Global Advisors, LLC (“SGA”) is committed to responsible investing and promoting responsible practices within the firm. SGA integrates environmental, social, and governance (“ESG”) factors into its investment practices through fundamental analysis in conjunction with ESG research provided by third parties, such as Institutional Shareholder Services. SGA is committed to engaging with companies that raise ESG concerns and work to make positive change through that engagement. SGA also incorporates strong ESG practices within the firm through various initiatives and incentives for employees.
Within the Investment Process
SGA’s fundamental research team incorporates ESG factors into the investment decision-making process when reviewing securities produced by SGA’s quantitative model.
Fundamental research analysts consider ESG factors in conjunction with business risk, credit risk, etc. and take a holistic approach in analyzing companies from a fundamental perspective, weighing the pros of the investment versus the risks. The firm considers whether companies are prioritizing short-term gains for the benefit of management over the long-term well-being of shareholders when evaluating investment opportunities and seeks to understand the long-term sustainability of a company’s business model, and how ESG factors can impact an investment opportunity’s risk and return characteristics.
ESG includes environmental, social, and corporate governance factors that investors, asset owners, and managers consider in the context of corporate behavior. There is no definitive list of ESG factors, but some examples include:
SGA is committed to improving dialogue with companies to successfully push for positive change
- Air and water pollution
- Energy efficiency
- Waste management
- Water scarcity
- Climate change
- Nuclear safety
- Gender and diversity
- Human rights
- Labor standards
- Corporate behavior
- Workplace health and safety
- Respect privacy
- Board composition
- Use of capital
- Bribery and corruption
- Executive compensation
- Conflicts of interest
- Account and disclosure
SGA is committed to facilitating and improving dialogue with companies, and values partnering with other investors to share resources and improve the chances of successfully pushing for positive change.
Within the Firm
SGA is committed to responsible ESG practices within its offices. SGA manages its environmental impact by encouraging positive environmental behaviors. SGA makes best efforts to recycle paper, plastics, and any other renewable materials. The firm provides reusable bottles to all employees for everyday use and resides in a Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (“LEED”) certified green building. LEED buildings generate less waste, save energy, water, and support human health. At least annually, SGA participates in an e-waste disposal drive sponsored by the building management.
Furthermore, SGA values diversity in the workforce and suppliers. SGA is a Women’s Business Enterprise National Council (“WBENC”) certified woman owned and controlled business. Our hiring process is designed to seek diversity of thought, experience, background, and beliefs. Nearly 50% of the firm is female or comes from diverse backgrounds and these individuals span across SGA team ranks and responsibilities. SGA’s innovative and inclusive culture is essential to deliver superior results for our clients. Embracing our diversity means that we have a wider range of ideas and creativity, fresh perspectives, and willingness to challenge the status quo, all of which create a culture of innovation. Moreover, SGA has historically placed approximately 20% of total firm level brokerage with Minority, Women, and Disadvantaged Business Enterprise (“MWDBE”) firms and strives to utilize minority and women-owned firms as suppliers of professional services where feasible.
SGA believes education is at the heart of change. SGA’s speaker series seeks to educate our entire firm by inviting experts in climate change, responsible investing and ESG analysis. SGA also encourages it employees to participate in conferences to heighten their understanding of the importance of responsible investing.
Within the Community
SGA seeks to encourage employee engagement with the community through our SGA Cares Initiative, which supports programs such as the Hidden Genius Project and the Neighborhood Youth Association via Investors in Education. As part of the SGA Cares Initiative, firm employees participate in SGA’s Day of Service by giving back to local communities through organizations such as The Boys and Girls Club, Second Harvest Food Bank, Girl Scouts of America, the YMCA, and Youth Employment Services as well as organizations and charities chosen by individual employees.
In May 2020, SGA became a Signatory of the United Nations Principles for Responsible Investment (“UN PRI”), and formalized our commitment to their six Principles for Responsible Investment:
1. We will incorporate ESG issues into investment analysis and decision-making processes.
2. We will be active owners and incorporate ESG issues into our ownership policies and practices.
3. We will seek appropriate disclosure on ESG issues by the entities in which we invest.
4. We will promote acceptance and implementation of the Principles within the investment industry.
5. We will work together to enhance our effectiveness in implementing the Principles.
6. We will each report on our activities and progress towards implementing the Principles.
As a PRI Signatory, implementing these principles means contributing to the development of a more sustainable global financial system.
SGA believes greater awareness and transparency in relation to climate-related risks and opportunities is important for the long-term success of the global economy as well as good corporate citizenship. For this reason, SGA is a supporter of the Task Force on Climate-Related Financial Disclosures (“TCFD”) and strives to adopt their recommendations on climate disclosures. These disclosures include assessing four core elements of organizational operations as they relate to climate-related risks and opportunities; the categories are governance, strategy, risk management, and metrics and targets.
SGA also supports the Paris Agreement, an international treaty on climate change which seeks to limit global warming through economic and social transformation. SGA believes that for the Paris Agreement to achieve the climate related goals they have set forth, support from not only the participating nations but also individual organizations is pivotal. In hopes to increase accountability for our own climate related goals, SGA endorses the ambitious efforts of the Paris Agreement and its supporting nations to combat climate change and adapt its effects.
See our full Responsible Investment Policy here