Making a difference for our clients, communities and employees

Making a difference for our clients, communities and employees

Corporate responsibility

There are four pillars of our Corporate Responsibility that govern our long-term strategy as well as our day-to-day decisions: Our beliefs and practices, our environment, our communities, and our culture.


We make ethical business and financial decisions

We are dedicated to being transparent, managing risk in all aspects of our business, and establishing clear operating procedures to support ethical behaviors and practices. We have maintained strong corporate governance since our founding in 1986. Our active and independent Board of Directors aligns compensation of senior leaders with client interests and enforces the highest compliance standards. Our senior leaders, in turn, ensure ethical and prudent decision making extends to our investment approach, client interactions, culture, and day-to-day activities.

A shared culture of inclusion creates opportunities for all

We achieve excellence through recruiting and retaining the world’s best talent from the widest pool possible and then by welcoming each person’s background and life experiences. An inclusive and diverse workforce drives better investment decisions, more robust collaboration and unique points of view that lead to achieving stronger outcomes for our clients. We hold every employee accountable to our four core values.

We demand excellence in everything we do—investment results, client service, product development and strategy.
Our clients rely on us as specialized experts to deliver superior investment results and focused education.
We innovate to meet our clients’ evolving needs as markets continuously shift.
An inclusive environment enables us to recruit, retain and empower talented teams to drive results.

Employees are passionate about sustainability

As an investment firm, we see two distinct ways we impact our environment: how we act and how we invest.

How we act

Our global employee resource group, the Green Team, ensures sustainability is integrated into our corporate culture and that we reduce our footprint through education, accountability and everyday actions. Our New York headquarters is located in a LEED-certified Gold building that features sustainable design and operating policies, energy audits and air quality testing. We are continuing to improve how we hold our vendors accountable to minimizing their own environmental impact.

How we invest

Cohen & Steers aspires to a leadership position in environmental, social and governance (ESG) investing in real assets and alternative income. We believe our proprietary approach to ESG integration and our stewardship enhance our ability to deliver more consistent, attractive risk-adjusted returns in a systematic and transparent manner. In addition to the important work of ESG integration in our daily investment decisions, we actively engage with companies in which we invest to promote business practices aligned with creating shareholder value, exercising our proxy votes and using our influence as an industry thought leader.


We make a positive impact
where we live and work

Our firm is dedicated to giving back to the global communities where we work and live. We partner with a variety of organizations to affect positive change. Our employees actively partner with numerous and varied charitable organizations aligned with our employee’s passions and the communities they choose to support ranging from feeding the hungry to cleaning city parks to mentoring disadvantaged youth.