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What homogeneity is costing companies
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What happens when diversity and employee engagement is ignored? It causes short-term and long-term issues that negatively impact productivity, profit, stagnation and brand reputation.

Leaving dollars on the table

According to a Gallup Poll, organizations that effectively engage their employees achieve earnings-per-share growth that is more than four times that of their competitors. Compared with business units in the bottom quartile, those in the top quartile of engagement realize substantially better customer engagement, higher productivity, better retention and 21 percent higher profitability. Engaged workers also report better health outcomes.

US Employee Engagement Trend GALLUP

Groupthink: Risking stagnation vs. innovation

It is proven that workplace diversity will lead to increased innovation among your team. Diversity  at the leadership level creates an open and transparent environment where diverse ideas are heard and welcomed. When you have diversity in your organization, people bring their own background and experiences to brainstorming. At the same time, innovative products and services cannot be built without taking into account diverse perspectives, experiences and backgrounds. This leads to more innovation and better performance on a team. 

Risking reputation and increasing turnover

Lack of diversity can create a hostile environment and contribute to greater turnover. When employees feel like they don’t fit in, they’re not likely to stick around. By creating a diverse and inclusive company culture, employees will be drawn to your company and want to stay. 

Additionally, internal culture has its own way of ‘going external.’ As we’ve seen with companies like Uber and Google, lack of diversity or biased workforce policies create public backlash and go viral on social media. If your company isn’t viewed as being inclusive, customers will often withhold investments and purchase.  This is especially true with Millennial and Gen Z customers, who both value social consciousness and progressive human rights policies. A lack of diversity means that you may miss out on opportunities to increase sales, foster strong customer relationships, and ultimately enhance profitability.

Sustainable investing makes good business sense
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The wakeup call for sustainability is loud and clear. A new era of sustainability is emerging, and it’s affecting every aspect of the world. Consumers are increasingly motivated to be more environmentally and socially conscious and are exercising their power and voice through the products they buy and the companies that they invest  in. According to Hotwire

  • 47% of internet users worldwide said they had switched to a different product or service because a company violated their personal values. 
  • Protecting the environment topped the list of reasons consumers switched, and 5% cited concerns about climate change.

Balancing act of benevolence & bankable

Corporations are stepping up to sustainability, understanding that this just makes good business sense. According to our latest whitepaper Finance for Good: The Positive Impact of Active Ownership, we see a shift in shareholder resolutions with focus on environmental and social factors. And, an increasing number of institutional investors are backing these resolutions. 

April 2020_E&S Topic Graphics                   

Companies do well by doing good

From our own proprietary research, we’ve seen that firms with more gender diversity on Boards and higher social factor scores perform better as a standalone measurement. Despite the economic downturn in the first quarter of 2020, socially-minded companies lost significantly less than those without a sound socially-conscious strategy.

SP500 Gender and Social Analysis_April 2020

In 2019, shares of the 100 companies on Barron’s “America’s Most Sustainable Companies” list returned 34.3% on average, beating the S&P 500′s 31.5%. It’s clear that sustainable investments - those focused on companies with strong environmental, social and corporate governance (ESG) principles are filtering into the public consciousness. The adverse effects of material issues such as climate change, gender inequality, financial exclusion, and resource scarcity are a wakeup call to stakeholders and shareholders, alike. Our view at Aneuvia Asset Management is that sustainable investing not only increases intrinsic value, but also produces greater financial returns. 

Learn more about Aneuvia’s sustainable investing solutions.    

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