ESG investing at John Hancock Investments

Investing in funds that promote environmental, social, and governance (ESG) issues is more than just a way to feel good about where your hard-earned savings go to work, socially responsible investing may also make good economic sense. Explore this site to learn more about the benefits of ESG investing and our lineup of ESG funds.

Making a difference in your portfolio—and the world

As people become more attuned to the challenges that face our world, a growing number are choosing to invest according to their values. Our unique manager-of-managers approach to investing allows us to satisfy that objective by searching far and wide for the very best ESG managers for our ESG funds. Today, our ESG lineup includes funds managed by three ESG specialist firms with proven track records of combining financial returns with positive impact.

How ESG principles are reshaping investing today

ESG investing has reached a tipping point since its early days. Today’s ESG funds analyze both financial and nonfinancial aspects of a company to get a better understanding of their overall risk and impact. Many take it one step further by using their voting power as corporate shareholders or working directly with company management to advocate for change across a wide range of issues.

Our different approach

At John Hancock Investments, we build funds based on investor needs, then search the world to find proven portfolio teams with specialized expertise in those strategies. As a manager of managers, we apply vigorous oversight to ensure that they continue to meet our uncompromising standards and serve the best interests of our shareholders. It’s an approach that led us to launch our first ESG funds in June 2016; today, our ESG lineup includes multiple strategies across asset classes.

ESG insight

ESG investing: combining financial returns with positive impact

Learn how ESG investing has become mainstream investing and how adding ESG funds to your portfolio can help with more than your values.

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The impact of advocacy on ESG investing


Trillium Asset Management's CEO Matthew W. Patsky, CFA, discusses the role of shareholder advocacy and its positive impact on returns.

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Large company stocks could fall out of favor. The stock prices of midsize and small companies can change more frequently and dramatically than those of large companies. Foreign investing, especially in emerging markets, has additional risks, such as currency and market volatility and political and social instability. A portfolio concentrated in one sector or that holds a limited number of securities may fluctuate more than a diversified portfolio. Hedging and other strategic transactions may increase volatility and result in losses if not successful. Illiquid securities may be difficult to sell at a price approximating their value. Fixed-income investments are subject to interest-rate and credit risk; their value will normally decline as interest rates rise or if an issuer is unable or unwilling to make principal or interest payments. Mortgage- and asset-backed securities may be sensitive to changes in interest rates and may be subject to early repayment and the market’s perception of issuer creditworthiness. Municipal bond prices can decline due to fiscal mismanagement or tax shortfalls, or if related projects become unprofitable. The interest earned on taxable municipal securities is fully taxable at the federal level and may be taxed at the state level. Liquidity—the extent to which a security may be sold or a derivative position closed without negatively affecting its market value, if at all—may be impaired by reduced trading volume, heightened volatility, rising interest rates, and other market conditions. Fund distributions generally depend on income from underlying investments and may vary or cease altogether in the future. The funds' ESG policy could cause them to perform differently than similar funds that do not have such a policy. Please see the funds' prospectuses for additional risks.


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