GMO’s investment approach has always focused on identifying the most meaningful drivers of success and how we can use those insights to improve our returns. We consider ESG factors to be such drivers of success.
ESG helps us identify issuers who are working to address underappreciated ESG risks and, in turn, enhance their long-term profitability and command a higher premium into the future.
GMO publishes an annual Sustainability and Responsible Investing Report to demonstrate how we are integrating ESG considerations in our investment approaches and how we are committed to sustainability and diversity, equity, and inclusion.
GMO is a signatory of the Net Zero Asset Managers initiative, a global group of asset managers committed to investing aligned with net zero emissions by 2050 or sooner, in line with global efforts to limit warming to 1.5 degrees Celsius.
Our commitment to this initiative is grounded in our belief that climate change poses critical risks for companies and countries in which we invest, and it aligns with our ESG integration efforts.
Hardik Shah, GMO’s ESG Practice Lead, discusses how GMO investment teams incorporate ESG in differentiated ways across asset classes appropriate to their various investment styles.
Several GMO investment teams collaborated in 2021 to build our own GMO ESG Score, a proprietary, bottom-up framework that assesses the ESG quality of companies through multiple lenses, with a focus on material ESG issues. Teams utilize the ESG Score in different ways as an input into their investment processes.
Learn more about the GMO ESG Score in our Sustainability and Responsible Investing Report.
We believe it is important to transparently hold ourselves accountable for our commitment to ESG investing. Therefore, we are happy to share our Responsible Investment Policy, which outlines our firm ESG philosophy and practices.
Jeremy Grantham is recognized as a leading advocate in the fight against climate change. Jeremy founded the Grantham Foundation for the Protection of the Environment in 1997 with a mission of protecting and conserving the natural environment.
GMO has benefited tremendously from our partnership with the Grantham Foundation, including through discussions with our Focused Equity team about climate change science and technology in private markets, to help the team manage GMO’s Climate Change Strategy.
“Investing in sustainability means investing in our grandchildren, in our civilization, in our survival as a species. GMO has now made sustainability integral to our investment processes. All of us need to make sustainability integral to what we do: it is the fight for our very existence on this planet.”