ESG's Early Adopters
In emerging markets, many exchanges and regulators are setting forth enhanced standards, often aimed at bolstering shareholder protections.10/12/2020
We believe that an appreciation of sustainable and socially responsible business, health and environmental practices begins in the office, within our own Matthews Asia community. Two of our formal committees illustrate that principle:
Matthews Asia created the Sustainability Working Group to promote sustainable and responsible practices at the firm, as well as to foster employee wellness. The group obtained Gold LEED certification for the office headquarters and created a carbon offset program for business travel.
Matthews Asia’s “Impact Month” encourages employees to give back the Bay Area. We make a difference through local organizations such as the Edith Witt Senior Community, Asian Community Garden, Bush Recreation Center, Treasure Island Job Corp, and Richmond District Neighborhood Center.
In 2016, we established the Matthews Asia Charitable Giving Program to further expand our philanthropic work. To give back to the communities in which we operate to help achieve their greatest future potential and to support our employees, the Program includes two major components:
In February 2016, Matthews Asia became a signatory to the UN’s Principles for Responsible Investment (UNPRI), principles that when implemented, contribute to developing a more sustainable global financial system. By doing so, we commit ourselves to consider the investment implications of ESG issues within our portfolio management and decision-making processes, when appropriate and consistent with our fiduciary duties. We believe consideration of ESG issues is particularly relevant to Asia, where we find many of the world’s sustainability challenges—and potential solutions.
Since our founding in 1991, a cornerstone of our investment process has been a focus on identifying companies that adhere to good corporate governance practices with respect to minority shareholders. The broader consideration of environmental and social issues into the investment approach is a natural evolution of that investment process.
To learn more about the UNPRI, visit unpri.org.
Read more about our Responsible Investment Approach.
The Matthews Asia Culture Working Group was founded by our CEO, Bill Hackett, with an aim to ensure all employees understand and uphold the shared values of our culture—to maintain a culture of collaboration, flexibility and respect—and define who we are. We view all our employees as ambassadors of the firm and expect them to act with integrity, initiative and to always put the interests of our investors first.
At Matthews Asia, we foster an environment where we can all bring our full authentic selves to work. We believe that a diverse and inclusive work environment is key to upholding our core values of Integrity, Client Focus, Initiative and Teamwork. Our Diversity and Inclusion Working Group provides regular training and development across the firm to deepen our commitment to a diverse and inclusive work environment for our employees.