Boston Common

Massachusetts
Diversified Financials

Corprate Bias Ratings

Risk Level:

Rating - Danger
High Risk

Boston Common is an asset management company headquartered in Boston. While the company has not publicly terminated employees or divested due to political differences, Boston Common is an ESG-guided firm that will not invest in companies involved in tobacco, firearms, fossil fuels, and several other industries. Boston Common has opposed election security measures and has required antiracism training for employees. Boston Common does not protect its employees from viewpoint discrimination, however. Its founder and President Geeta Aiyer has publicly attended and discussed BLM protests around Boston. Its Asset Management is part of the Glasgow Net Zero Alliance, committed to carbon neutrality by 2050. For these reasons, Boston Common earns a High Risk rating.

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Corporate Weaponization
Criteria

Has denied service to customers, suppliers, or vendors due to their political views or religious beliefs OR corporately boycotts, divests, or sanctions regions, people groups, or industries.

Risk Level
Rationale

Boston Common will avoid making investments in companies with “significant” stakes in fossil fuels, nuclear energy, tobacco, firearms, and several other industries (1).

Criteria

Charitable giving (including employee matching programs) policies or practices discriminate against charitable organizations based on views or religious beliefs.

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Rationale

Boston Common does not discriminate against religious organizations in its nonprofit services (1).

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Employment policies fail to protect against discrimination based on political affiliation/views and/or religion.

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Rationale

Boston Common does not provide viewpoint protections for its employees (1).

Corporate Governance and Public Policy
Criteria

Uses corporate reputation to support ideological causes and/or organizations hostile to freedom of expression.

Risk Level
Rationale

Founder and President Geeta Aiyer publicly attended two Black Lives Matter protests in Boston in 2015 (1). Boston Common is a member of the Civic Alliance, which rejects election integrity and security measures (2). Boston Common requires “antiracism training” for employees (3). Boston Common Asset Management is part of the Net Zero Asset Managers Initiative and a PCAF member, committed to carbon neutrality by 2050 (4)(5).

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Uses corporate funds to advance ideological causes, organizations, or policies hostile to freedom of expression.

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Rationale

Boston Common is a general sponsor of the United States Sustainable Investing Foundation, which endorses the proliferation of ESG in the private sector (1).

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Uses corporate political contributions for ideological, non-business purposes.

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N/A
Rationale

Boston Common does not operate a PAC at this time (1).

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February 16, 2024

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