Diversification strengthens investment portfolios as well as individual companies' prospects for growth. Our six solutions themes together address comprehensive global systemic risks. We select the best-in-class companies within these six focus areas. We select forward thinking companies poised to play a key role in our transition to an inclusive, just and sustainable economy. We apply a gender-lens across our investment decision-making process. Each portfolio company offers products and services beneficial to women and girls.
Shareholders of a publicly traded company (i.e., you) are entitled to vote on annual proxy ballots. Issues on proxy ballots span proposals filed by individual and institutional investors (such as management or environmental issues) to voting on the boards of directors and executive compensation.
At Nia, we view proxy voting as both an investor right and as a responsibility
Proxy voting is one way to leverage the power of an individual’s assets to create direct positive social change. Many investment managers either do not vote their clients’ proxies, or vote exclusively with management recommended positions.
At Nia, we incorporate strict and extensive voting guidelines that support our values of inclusion, diversity in leadership, and environmental sustainability. Our goal is to vote our clients’ proxies in alignment with both their financial interests and their values, seeking to vote proxies in a manner that is consistent with the highest aspirations of impact investors.
Why Proxy Vote the most impact-oriented companies?
Nia Impact Capital invests only in the most positively impactful and environmentally responsible companies. Still our commitment to voting remains strong, as no company is perfect and many publicly traded companies have room to improve in some areas, particularly when it comes to increasing diversity in management. We seek to vote all proxies on behalf of our investors in a manner that is consistent with the highest aspirations of social and environmental change-makers.
At Nia we invest in the very best, most innovative companies. Our portfolio is full of companies leading us toward the next, just and sustainable economy. And yet, there is no perfect company. We engage with many of our portfolio holdings, encouraging them to be even better. We write letters, make phone calls, meet in person when possible, and file shareholder resolutions. We currently have filed nine shareholder resolutions with companies concerning diversity and inclusion and company culture issues. Stay tuned as we report the results of these efforts.
Giving Back and Paying it Forward
Our Impact does not stop at portfolio construction. Each year on Giving Tuesday, Nia donates a portion of management revenue to five nonprofit organizations engaging in essential corporate accountability work. To view previous year Giving Tuesday Awardees, click here.
In addition to creating as much positive impact as we can with our work at Nia, our staff and employees are encouraged to volunteer, sharing their skills and expertise with local, community organizations.