Change Finance, PBC

About

Change Finance builds performance-oriented investment products for the sustainability-minded investor. We believe investing for good can profit people, planet, and investors. Through a conscious, rigorous, rules-based approach, we’ve created an Enhanced ESG methodology that underpins our investment products. At Change Finance we believe that it is imperative to transform capital markets if we are to create the world in which we want to live. Our impact-drive, performance-focused strategies are designed to do just that.

 

Change Finance, P.B.C. (Change Finance) is an independent investment adviser registered under the Investment Advisers Act of 1940, as amended. Registration does not imply a certain level of skill or training. More information about Change Finance, including our investment strategies, fees and objectives, is available upon request.

The opinions expressed herein are those of Change Finance, PBC (Change Finance) and are subject to change without notice. Information presented is for educational purposes only and does not intend to make an offer or solicitation for the sale or purchase of any specific securities product, service, or investment strategy. Change Finance reserves the right to modify its current investment strategies and techniques based on changing market dynamics or client needs. Investments involve risk, and unless otherwise stated, are not guaranteed. Past performance is not indicative of future results. Therefore, it should not be assumed that any specific investment or investment strategy made reference to directly or indirectly by Change Finance will be profitable. Be sure to first consult with a qualified financial adviser, tax professional, or attorney before implementing any strategy or recommendation discussed herein.

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Impact Highlights

Change Finance was built with one overarching goal: to change finance. To do that we have to think about finance differently, not just as an engine to make money, but as a key driver of behavior change. The following practices allow Change Finance, PBC to effect the changes necessary for a sustainable and prosperous future:

PROXY VOTING

Proxy voting is the most direct method for shareholders to influence corporate practices. Supporting shareholder resolutions that are in the best interest of people, the planet, and ethical profits is the foundation of shareholder advocacy at Change Finance. We diligently vote our proxies following ESG principles and with the guidance of Glass Lewis.

ENGAGEMENT

Shareholders of publicly traded companies own a portion of the business, and therefore, can influence the decisions of corporate management. Change Finance works to identify areas where companies can improve ESG performance. We then collaborate with other investors and seek to communicate with management to create company policies that enhance the business and better reflect the values of our clients.

PETITIONS

Corporate management is more likely to respond to engagement efforts when shareholders stand together to voice desired policy changes. At Change Finance, we utilize YourStake to file online petitions and gather broad support for our recommendations to corporations.

PUBLIC POLICY

A strong public policy framework is critical for incentivizing responsible and sustainable corporate behavior. We believe that we maximize our ability to influence public policy when we join forces with other businesses with positive environmental and social missions. As a proud member of Good Business Colorado, we collaborate with such companies to advance sustainable policies in our home state of Colorado.

DIVESTMENT

Change Finance divests from those industries that are fundamentally unsustainable and where engagement efforts are unlikely to be successful. Examples include the fossil fuel industry, tobacco companies, and weapons manufacturers. Divestment meets the moral and ethical demands of our clients while simultaneously insulating them from the risks associated with irresponsible corporate practices.