ESG and Impact Investing

Our Expanding Approach

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The Stowers Institute for Medical Research was founded by Jim and Virginia Stowers who dedicated the vast majority of their net worth to benefiting humankind.

Through its distinct business model, American Century directs more than 40% of dividends to its owner, the Institute, to fund lifesaving research that can improve human health and save lives.

The Institute owns a controlling interest in American Century. Through this unique ownership structure, dividend payments ensure the ongoing support of important work that can improve human health and save lives. Since 2000, those payments have totaled $1.7 billion.


Began incorporating exclusionary screening into select portfolios


Formally incorporated ESG MSCI ratings/analysis into fundamental analysis of equity portfolios


Launched first ESG-focused strategy: U.S. Sustainable Large Cap Core strategy


Hired Head of ESG and Investment Stewardship
Created ESG integration framework and proprietary scoring model


Signed United Nations-supported Principles for Responsible Investment (PRI)
Established firm ESG Investment Policy
Incorporated ESG matters into Proxy Voting Policy and established ESG Proxy team
Launched Health Care Impact strategy


Integrated ESG analysis into additional equity and fixed-income strategies
Launched Emerging Markets Sustainable Impact strategy
Introduced ESG Investment Champions training program


Continued integrating ESG considerations across equity and fixed-income strategies
Implemented formal engagement protocol
Designated and trained additional ESG Investment Champions
Launched sustainable semitransparent active ETFs

ESG and Investment Stewardship

Find out how we evaluate and integrate ESG factors into our overall investment

This information is for educational purposes only and is not intended as investment advice.

As of 12/31/2021, more than 80% of American Century's AUM are subject to the incorporation of ESG factors into the investment process employed by each strategy's portfolio managers. When portfolio managers incorporate Environmental, Social and Governance (ESG) factors into an investment strategy, they consider those issues in conjunction with traditional financial analysis. When selecting investments, portfolio managers incorporate ESG factors into the portfolio's existing asset class, time horizon, and objectives. Therefore, ESG factors may limit the investment opportunities available, and the portfolio may perform differently than those that do not incorporate ESG factors. Portfolio managers have ultimate discretion in how ESG issues may impact a portfolio's holdings, and depending on their analysis, investment decisions may not be affected by ESG factors.