Five Questions about SRI – Weekly Expert Interview with Lauren Compere, Managing Director, Boston Common Asset Management, LLC, Boston, Massachusetts, United States of America – September 30, 2011
By Geoffrey on September 30, 2011
Each week Emerging Markets ESG publishes an interview entitled, “Five Questions about SRI.” The interview features a practitioner’s insights about SRI in emerging markets and through Emerging Markets ESG shares this expertise with a wide global audience. The goals of Five Questions about SRI are fourfold:
To reflect on what SRI in emerging markets means to practitioners;
To collect a catalogue of examples of SRI in practice in emerging markets;
To raise awareness about SRI in emerging markets; and
To enable SRI practitioners in emerging markets to network with peers around the world.
This week’s interview is with Lauren Compere, Managing Director and Director of Shareholder Engagement, Boston
Common Asset Management, LLC, Boston, Massachusetts, United States of America.
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, 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 to meet the needs of institutional and individual investors. It is independent, employee-owned and fields a seasoned, close-knit team of professionals. Lauren Compere is Managing Director and the Director of Shareholder Engagement at Boston Common Asset Management and has primary responsibility working with Boston Common clients and oversees Boston Common’s global shareholder engagement initiatives. Ms. Compere has worked in the responsible investment industry for over 20 years and has 14 years of experience in global responsible investing and is a frequent speaker at industry conferences. Ms. Compere sits on the Governing Board of the InterfaithCenter on Corporate Responsibility (ICCR). She is the Co-Chair of the Emerging Markets Disclosure Project (EMDP) and serves as the co-lead for the EMDP Korean team. Ms. Compere previously served on the U.S. Social Investment Forum’s International Working Group Steering Committee and was also Co-Chair (2006-2009). She has also served as the Co-Chair of the Access to Health Working Group (2005-2008) and the Human Trafficking Sub-Committee (2006-2008) at ICCR (Interfaith Center on Corporate Responsibility (www.iccr.org). Ms. Compere received her BA in Environmental Studies from the University of Vermont, and her MS in Community Economic Development from Southern New Hampshire University.
An insightful sharing of experience from our friends at Boston Common Asset Management