We explore new ways for the private sector to lead
in overcoming some of society’s biggest challenges


We research and explore the essential
values, principles and strategies
of responsible business


We collaborate with senior leaders
and the business community
to drive systemic change

Who We Are

High Meadows Institute is a Boston-based think tank and policy institute focused on the role of business leadership in creating a sustainable society.

Who we are

We are a Boston-based policy institute focused on strengthening the role of business leadership in creating a sustainable society.

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Our work

We conduct research, lead programs and develop frameworks to increase private sector contribution in addressing the challenges of the 21st century.

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Three key challenges in today’s global economic system underpin our work. Find out more about these challenges and how we are working to address them.

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Financial Times Moral Money Forum

Co-sponsored by High Meadows Institute

The long-term view in a short-term world

The human and financial pressures of Covid-19 mean that business and investment leaders have rarely been more aware of the potential trade-offs in trying to look beyond the short term. And yet, there has also rarely been more momentum behind efforts to make business and investment more long-term focused. The first FT Moral Money Forum report focuses not just on the case for looking to a further horizon, but on the practical ways in which some long-term leaders are showing it can be done.

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Measuring What Matters

The proliferation of ESG metrics and reporting frameworks in recent years has left executives and investors complaining about the difficulty of keeping up with so many apparently clashing standards — or even remembering what the different acronyms stand for. But this year is shaping up to be a pivotal one for efforts to simplify the “alphabet soup” of ESG reporting. The second FT Moral Money Forum report looks at the challenge of setting standards for sustainable business.

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Our Most Recent Projects

Business Leadership in Society Resource and Data Center

The Business Leadership in Society Resource and Data Center profiles leading industry and civil initiatives working to set standards for responsible business and address Environmental, Social and Governance (ESG) issues.

Corporate Governance For The 21St Century

As we move into the 21st century, the challenges facing corporate boards have grown dramatically.

Institutional Investor Industry Engagement Project

The IIIE Project is designed to accelerate sustainability practices within industries by improving communication between institutional investors concerned with sustainability...

The Future of Capital Markets Project

Capital markets and the financial sector are central to our global economy.

Our Most Recent Publications

The Future of the "S" in ESG
Investor Stewardship: The Path Forward
The Role of Industry Associations and Civil Partnerships in Corporate Responsibility: Preliminary Findings
Reporting on Systemic Impacts: A Review of Current Progress

Our Most Recent News and Briefings


Moving Beyond Modern Portfolio Theory: A Review

Has modern portfolio theory outgrown its usefulness in the 21st century? Our review of Moving Beyond Modern Portfolio Theory, the new book from Jon Lukomnik and James Hawley.


ESG Credibility – Challenges & Solutions

As the popularity of ESG continues to rise, so does the level of public scrutiny and concerns of greenwashing. This briefing explores the credibility challenges facing ESG and potential solutions.


21st Century Investing: A Review

Is system-level investing the key to addressing the complex societal challenges of the 21st century? Read our review of William Burckart and Steven Lydenberg's new book, 21st Century Investing.


21st Century Investing: Managing Systemic Risks and Rewards

HMI fellows William Burckart and Steve Lydenberg preview their book, 21st Century Investing, and discuss how system-level investing can offer a new approach to systemic challenges.


Publications from Our Fellows

Moving Beyond Modern Portfolio Theory: Investing That Matters

Jon Lukomnik and James P. Hawley offer a bold critique of Modern Portfolio Theory and propose a new imperative to improve finance’s ability to fulfill its twin main purposes: providing adequate returns to individuals and directing capital to where it is needed in the economy.

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21st Century Investing: Redirecting Financial Strategies to Drive Systems Change 

William Burckart and Steve Lydenberg explore how investment has evolved since the 20th century and how institutions and individuals can go beyond conventional and sustainable investing to address complex problems such as income inequality and climate change on a deep, systemic level.

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