ESG investing

What is ESG investing

ESG explained

In investment management, ESG (environmental, social and governance) refers to the three central factors in measuring the sustainability and ethical impact of a company. As a signatory to the United Nations Principles for Responsible Investing, Genus considers ESG issues across all of our mandates.


Companies are scored on the sustainability of their business practices, such as resource, waste, and carbon-emissions management.


Companies are scored on commitment to human rights, consumer protection, animal welfare, and diversity within the workplace.


Companies are scored on items like transparency, executive compensation, employee relations, and management structure.                               

Not all ESG funds are the same. It is important to distinguish genuinely fossil fuel free funds from the broader range of socially responsible and ethical funds. Many ESG and ethical funds include oil, gas and coal companies that contribute to climate change. Our Genus Fossil FreeTM funds take a firmer line with absolutely no investment in companies involved in extracting, processing or transporting fossil fuels.

Aside from fossil fuels, we also exclude tobacco, alcohol, weapons and military contracting, gambling, junk food, factory farming, adult entertainment, and GMO (Genetically Modified Organism) food from our clients’ portfolios.

Learn more about our most recent research on key issues in sustainable investing.



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"Having relatively diverse financial goals and needs, along with a slight reticence regarding the stock market, Genus skillfully addressed all of our concerns, and put together a truly exceptional plan: Fossil free funds and a diversified investment portfolio, check; An effective Impact investment portfolio that coincides with our hopes and dreams for a better world, check; Professional advice and assistance to create a donor advised charitable fund with immediate charitable receipts for tax purposes, check. Returns? Way beyond our expectations! We even had some fun along the way and certainly enjoyed an incredible two-year start to what will be a satisfying long-term relationship with Genus."
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Bob Q.
“For over 15 years, I have provided selection and performance evaluation of multiple investment managers for a significant family office. Leslie and Genus have been foundational for me in my role. I have always found Leslie and her colleagues to be insightful and proactive, and found the performance of their portion of the portfolio to be well above benchmarks. And they have been a great pleasure to work with.”
Douglas H.
“Genus is a very innovative firm. I am pleased to invest in their Fossil Free and Impact strategies that help me invest in line with my values.”
Marnie C.
“Great team of professionals. Excellent website and reporting. Responds to inquiries promptly. Very pleased with the process of changing from another company to Genus as well. Kudos.”
David L.
“Genus consistently provides a good, clearly explained, comprehensive picture of the general economic and financial situation, along with an excellent account of the investment decisions made in relation to this. Genus’ equally strong concern with clients’ questions and requests for further information is also a very important part of the service it provides.”
Allan S.
“Back in 1992 when I found myself at fifty with a substantial amount of money to invest, I knew just one thing — that I didn’t want to contribute to tobacco companies, arms manufacturers, or oil. But over the ensuing years the options for socially responsible investing have become far more sophisticated and I’m very happy that this is a big part of the Genus approach. I also very much appreciate the long-term relationship with my portfolio manager, Mary Lou.”
Ann P.

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