Our Research Process

Here at Humankind Investments, we take our socially responsible research seriously. Wherever we have data, we use it to try to calculate how companies impact humanity in a few steps.

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We’d like to illustrate this process using a fictitious tech company that we’ll call "Giggle." Giggle produces robots that perform stand-up comedy acts for people to enjoy in the comfort of their own homes.

Step 1

Calculating Giggle’s Direct Humankind Value

First we look at how Giggle, through its own actions, impacts people as investors, customers, employees and members of society.

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However, in terms of Giggle’s impact on society, things don’t look as rosy.
Its robot factory produces some air pollution, which creates negative health outcomes for locals as well as the environment.
Two demerits that count against Giggle.

Our research team works to estimate the dollar value of these impacts. We then add all of those numbers up to create an estimate of Giggle’s direct humankind value.

Step 2

Calculating Giggle’s Indirect Humankind Value

Giggle works with other companies whose contributions are necessary to help them build and distribute their comedian robots. To properly estimate how Giggle impacts humanity, we must also take into account the direct Humankind Values of its business partners. - For example, Giggle’s massive factory uses a lot of electricity and the energy company that supplies the electricity generates a lot of air pollution and emits greenhouse gasses. - Giggle’s supply chain also features parts from manufacturers whose labor practices are in violation of international labor conventions. The negative values from the pollution and greenhouse gas production of its electricity provider and the value of the damage from the labor violations of its parts manufacturers – and the rest of the direct values associated with those two companies as well as those of other Giggle supply chain partners – are summed up using a proprietary algorithm to arrive at Giggle’s indirect humankind value.

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Step 3

Calculating Giggle’s Total Humankind Value

Finally, we combine Giggle’s direct Humankind Value and its indirect Humankind value to estimate its total value to humanity, its Humankind Value.

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Step 3

We repeat this process again and again for all companies, updating and improving our model whenever we can include more and better information. We then weight companies in our portfolio primarily based on their total Humankind Value scores. Companies creating greater value for humanity are given larger weights.

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