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Socially Responsible Investing


Conscience Driven Investing

Socially Responsible Investment (SRI) is an investment strategy that incorporates environmental, social and corporate governance (ESG) factors within the investment process.

Features & Benefits

With over 25 years of experience managing socially responsible portfolios and an ever increasing client base in diverse socially-screened strategies, Northern Trust offers a breadth of capabilities to build a complete portfolio solution incorporating environmental, social and governance (ESG) factors:

  • Multiple approaches to incorporating ESG factors into portfolios, such as negative and positive screens, shareholder advocacy, and best-of-sector stock selection.

  • Passive, active, and tax-efficient investment strategies to maximize investment and social return.

  • Unique solutions for today's most pressing issues, such as our Sudan Free Portfolio Solutions.

  • Exposure to global equity and fixed income asset classes and SRI-based universes, such as the Domini 400 Social Index.

  • Commingled funds and separate accounts for scale, efficiency and customization.

Social Investment Capabilities

We believe socially responsible investing (SRI) can be executed using a variety of approaches to incorporating ESG research within portfolios. Our relationships with leading ESG research providers, such as MSCI ESG, gives us the tools to develop an optimal strategy based on your requirements.

Negative Screens
Negative screens exclude companies with involvement in any of the following industries or activities that clients choose to restrict:

Abortion Labor abuse
Adult entertainment Military weapons
Alcohol Nuclear Power 
Animal testing Poor diversity 
Contraceptives Pornography 
Discrimination Pork 
Environmental destruction Stem Cell
Firearms Sudan 
Gambling Tobacco

Positive Screens
Positive screening includes companies with strong performance in any of the following ESG factors that clients choose to emphasize:

Board Diversity Firm Diversity 
Clean Energy Human rights
Charitable Giving Product Innovation 
Community Relations Product Quality
Corporate Governance Product Safety 
Employee Relations Product Safety 
Environmental Policy Work/Life Benefits 

Best-of-Sector Stock Selection
This approach selects companies with the highest ESG record relative to sector peers. As a result, companies in industries traditionally screened out of SRI portfolios, such as oil and mining, are included in these portfolios. This reduces the sector-bias common in screened portfolios. Best-of-sector stock selection also creates an incentive for other companies within the industry to improve their social and environmental impacts.

Shareholder Advocacy
Shareholder Advocacy describes investor efforts to submit and vote corporate proxy resolutions as a means of influencing company behavior. This strategy was successful in pressuring corporations to pull out of South Africa. It has also been instrumental in reporting minority hiring practices and improving environmental practices through adoption of the CERES principles (an environmental code of conduct).


Mamadou-Abou Sarr

Mamadou-Abou Sarr

Global Head of Environmental, Social and Governance Investing, Asset Management
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Mamadou-Abou Sarr

Mamadou-Abou Sarr

Global Head of Environmental, Social and Governance Investing, Asset Management
Mamadou-Abou Sarr is the Global Head of Environmental, Social and Governance (ESG) investing at Northern Trust Asset Management where he is responsible for ESG innovation and product development across our array of asset class capabilities.  Mamadou has a key role within Northern Trust to proactively develop new ideas to ensure that ESG thinking remains central to our business development.

Mamadou has also a strong link to the Global Equity Strategist team supporting the advancement of our engineered equity product positioning, capabilities, and business in EMEA and APAC regions. 
Prior to joining Northern Trust, Mamadou worked for HSBC Global Asset Management as a quantitative product specialist responsible for quantitative strategies across all asset classes in EMEA.  Before HSBC, Mamadou worked within the Business Development Service department at Morgan Stanley Investment Management (MSIM) where he covered portable alpha and liability driven strategies. Prior to this position Mamadou worked as a fund of hedge fund marketing analyst at Amundi Alternative Investments covering Commodity Trading Advisor and Global Macro funds. Mamadou started his career as a FX Sales Trader for Citigroup based in Senegal.
Mamadou received his B.A. in economics from the Université Jean Monnet and holds a Specialised Master in international project management from the European School of Management (ESCP Europe), Paris.  Additionally, he holds the Investment Management Certificate (IMC) and received the Islamic Finance Qualification (IFQ) from the Chartered Institute for Securities & Investment (CISI). Mamadou is an Associate of the Chartered Institute for Securities & Investment (ACSI) and a member of the CFA UK Institute. Mamadou is the chair person for the UNPRI Listed Equity Steering Committee and a member of outreach sub-committee.  In September 2014 he was named in the Financial "Top 40 under 40 Rising Stars in Asset Management".

2013 Corporate Social Responsibility Report