Founded in 1990, NorthStar has always been at the forefront of the socially responsible investing field. Our firm began with a sophisticated screening method to add responsible companies to our clients’ portfolios and keep the problematic ones out. We began with screens such as avoiding companies with military contracts, nuclear involvement, or participants in environmental degradation, but soon screens were not sufficient.
As the economy grew and market conditions argued for NorthStar to invest more broadly in large and mega-cap companies, we needed to reevaluate the ways investors could have true impact on social change when buying the best of the pack. Within a decade of our founding, we began our shareholder activism campaigns which have now become integral to NorthStar’s perspective and strategy.
Learn More About NorthStar's History
NorthStar is founded in Boston, MA with a dedicated focus on socially responsible investing and making social change.
NorthStar began to focus more attention on the shareholder proxy process in an effort to hold large companies accountable for their behavior. NorthStar published the first NorthStar Proxy Voting Guide — the first booklet of its kind.
NorthStar filed its first shareholder proposal — engaging Household International about the risks of predatory lending.
NorthStar started offering an integrated capital focus to our clients, including an official “outside investments” department. During this year, NorthStar also became a permanent presence in the Jamaica Plain neighborhood of Boston by securing a building in the heart of the community.
NorthStar became a Certified B Corp, joining a community focused on verified social and environmental performance.
NorthStar celebrated 30 years of service to our clients and achieving our 250th company engagement.
Careers at NorthStar
NorthStar offers a diverse workplace that is committed to making true change in society through our work as investors.