The COIN Impact Areas

Choosing the right investment can be complicated, but when you use your values as a guide, the choice is clear. Each of our Impact Areas includes a diversified group of companies selected for their ability to make a difference.

Climate Action

Modern solutions to address climate change.

Why is this important?

According to the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change:

  • Global emissions of carbon dioxide have increased by almost 50% since 1990, and emissions grew more quickly between 2000 to 2010 than in each of the previous three decades. At this rate, the world’s oceans will warm and ice melt will continue, rising the sea level roughly 16-25 inches by 2100.
  • From 1880 to 2012, average global temperature rose by 0.85 degrees Celsius. If left unchecked, the current global emissions of carbon dioxide will cause the global temperature to exceed 1.5 degrees. For each 1 degree of temperature increase, grain yields decrease by about 5%.

Better Health

Health and well-being for all.

Why is this important?

According to United Nations:

  • 17,000 fewer children die each day than in 1990, but more than six million children die before their fifth birthday each year.
  • Fewer teens are having children in most developing regions, but progress has slowed. The large increase in contraceptive use in the 1990s was not matched in the 2000s.
  • Between 2000 and 2013, tuberculosis prevention, diagnosis and treatment interventions saved an estimated 37 million lives. The tuberculosis mortality rate fell by 45% and the prevalence rate by 41% between 1990 and 2013.

Gender Equality

Empowerment and equality in the workplace.

Why is this important?

According to United Nations:

  • On average, women in the labor market still earn 23% less than men globally. If current trends continue, it is projected to take 70 years to close the wage gap.
  • Only 38% of countries in a study of 173 have laws against gender discrimination in hiring practices.
  • Women make up just over 30% of all managers in 70 countries.
  • 55% of women in the EU have experienced sexual harassment, 32% of which experienced it in a place of work.

Clean Water

Preserve and protect our water resources.

Why is this important?

According to United Nations and the Center for Disease Control and Prevention:

  • Public and private solutions are needed to update and support the U.S. water infrastructure, which is estimated to require $1 trillion.
  • Water scarcity affects more than 40% of the world's population and has been getting worse.
  • A major source of water stress is irrigation, which uses about 70% of all water extracted from rivers, lakes, and aquifers.

Quality Work

Sustainable, inclusive, and safe workplaces.

Why is this important?

According to the World Health Organization and the United Nations:

  • More than 2 million work-related deaths and about 160 million new occupational disease cases are reported every year.
  • 600 million new jobs are needed by 2030 to keep up with working age population growth.
  • Less than 45% of workers are employed full-time and permanently, and this rate is declining.

Reduce Waste

Sustainable production, responsible consumption.

Why is this important?

According to the World Bank and the Environmental Protection Agency:

  • Waste generation worldwide is accelerating along with increased income levels. It is expected to double between 2010 and 2025 to 2.2 billion tons per year.
  • Containers and plastic packaging are the biggest components of plastic waste, with over 14 million tons in 2015. Only about 30% of this is recycled.
  • 1.57 jobs are created for every 1,000 tons of materials recycled.

Modern Cities

Clean, smart, and efficient communities.

Why is this important?

According to the World Bank, the World Health Organization, and the United Nations:

  • 55% of the world's population lives in urban areas, which is expected to increase to 68% by 2050, meaning another 2.5 billion people will live in cities.
  • The ocean is rising, and more than 600 million people live in coastal areas within cities that are less than 10 meters above sea level.
  • Buildings produce more than 40% of U.S. CO2 emissions. LEED-certified buildings generate 34% less CO2.

Shared Prosperity

Access to basic needs, financial services, and technology.

Why is this important?

According to United Nations, the Institute for a Competitive Inner City, and the U.S. Department of Agriculture:

  • 40 million people experienced food insecurity in the U.S. in 2017, including 6.5 million children.
  • Inner city poverty has worsened. In the year 2000, 19% of U.S. poverty was in inner cities; in 2013, it was 23%.
  • Even after global economic growth, 17% of the world's population still lives off of or below $1.25 a day.

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