NEW YORK and LONDON, Oct. 20, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- Mellon Capital, the San Francisco-based investment boutique of BNY Mellon, has launched its Carbon Efficiency Strategy with $100 million in funding from The McKnight Foundation. The strategy is designed to provide investors with lower carbon emissions exposure than the broad U.S. equity benchmark.
Mellon Capital developed the Carbon Efficiency Strategy in collaboration with Mercer, a global consulting leader in talent, health, retirement and investments. Imprint Capital, a registered investment advisor that works with foundations, families, and financial institutions, also contributed. The strategy invests in the broad U.S. stock market, underweighting inefficient carbon emitters, such as utilities over-exposed to coal generation, while overweighting companies with lower carbon intensities. Additionally, the strategy bars investments in coal mining and production companies.
Carbon intensity is defined as greenhouse gas emissions per unit of sales.
McKnight is a Minneapolis, MN-based family foundation working across multiple programs and geographies to improve the quality of life for present and future generations. The creation of the Mellon Capital Carbon Efficiency Strategy followed McKnight's June 2014 announcement of an impact investing commitment of $200 million to support transitions to a low-carbon economy and sustainable regional development in Minneapolis-St. Paul. McKnight's $100 million investment in the Carbon Efficiency Strategy is in addition to that previously announced commitment.
McKnight's President Kate Wolford said, "Innovative new approaches like the Carbon Efficiency Strategy give foundations leverage in choosing how to invest, and how we engage with businesses as shareholders. This supports McKnight's commitment to accelerating the transition to a low-carbon economy."
"The goal of our Carbon Efficiency Strategy is to provide broad U.S. equity exposure, while minimizing investment in companies with inefficient carbon emissions and emphasizing companies that are committed to more efficient operations," said Gabby Parcella, chief executive officer of Mellon Capital. "We are seeing growing numbers of foundations, universities and other institutional investors across the globe interested in impact investing where they can address environmental challenges through their investment portfolios."
"We overweight environmentally efficient companies because we believe they may realize a competitive advantage," Parcella said.
Mellon Capital, a signatory of the United Nations Principles for Responsible Investment, incorporates an engagement approach into the strategy through investor initiatives and shareholder resolutions. Mellon Capital is also a signatory to the CDP Climate Change, Water and Forestry programs, which works with market forces to motivate companies to disclose and reduce their impacts on the environmental and natural resources and is a respondent through BNY Mellon's program response, which earned a prefect disclosure and performance score for both 2013 and 2014.
Mellon Capital manages approximately $49 billion in strategies for companies pursuing sound environmental, social or corporate governance practices and has more than $370 billion in total assets under management.
About Mellon Capital
Founded in 1983 by innovators in the investment management field, Mellon Capital Management Corporation applies a disciplined and analytical approach to global investment management strategies. As of September 30, 2014, the firm had $370 billion in assets under management, including assets managed by dual officers of Mellon Capital Management Corporation, The Bank of New York Mellon and The Dreyfus Corporation, and $4 billion in overlay strategies. Additional information about Mellon Capital is available at www.mcm.com. It is a wholly owned subsidiary of The Bank of New York Mellon, one of the world's largest asset managers.
About BNY Mellon Investment Management
BNY Mellon Investment Management is one of the world's leading investment management organizations and one of the top U.S. wealth managers, with $1.6 trillion in assets under management. It encompasses BNY Mellon's affiliated investment management firms, wealth management services and global distribution companies. More information can be found at www.bnymellon.com.
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About the McKnight Foundation
The McKnight Foundation seeks to improve the quality of life for present and future generations through grantmaking, collaboration, and encouragement of strategic policy reform. Founded in 1953 and independently endowed by William and Maude McKnight, the Minnesota-based family foundation had assets of approximately $2 billion and granted about $86 million in 2014. In addition to McKnight's $200 million impact investing initiative and $100 million commitment to the Carbon Efficiency Strategy, McKnight is committed to measuring the the social and environmental alignment and impact of its full asset base. With program goals as its guide, the foundation also uses ISS Riskmetrics to vote proxies on actively managed accounts, and employs eight investment firms who are signatories for the UN Principles for Responsible Investment. Learn more at mcknight.org, and follow us on Facebook and Twitter.
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