Our origins

A new model of corporate sustainability

The market meltdown of 2008/9 will ultimately prove to be a watershed point in the growth of “sustainability factors” (including environmental, social, and governance factors) integration in the investment process, and a stimulus for the rapid growth of “sustainable investment” throughout the mainstream.

Like most firms, Inflection Point Capital Management was born out of a certain level of dissatisfaction with previous and contemporary approaches. In our case, we were somewhat frustrated by the limitations of both traditional and “sustainability” approaches. In the case of the former, it was the paucity of products and strategies which genuinely integrated both sustainability and more conventional financial factors from the outset, in those relatively rare cases where they were even integrated at all. In the case of “sustainability” investors, we were concerned by what we felt was an unduly narrow definition of corporate sustainability – generally equating it with “ESG” factors.  In our view, while it is of fundamental importance to address them, it is not sufficient. Companies’ sustainability is also critically dependant on other hard-to-measure “intangibles”, such as innovation capacity, adaptability, and responsiveness. It is for that reason that Inflection Point Capital has developed and applied its proprietary 5-factor model, which seeks to identify and assess all of these factors systematically.

We at Inflection Point Capital believe that there is a need for sustainability-enhanced approaches, for at least four reasons:

  • There is a growing recognition of the need for forward-looking indicators of companies’ risks and value potential, and the dangers of an excessive reliance on past correlations and historical performance. The world around us is changing rapidly, profoundly and unpredictably; past approaches simply cannot be assumed to be successful going forward.
  • There is a growing appreciation that ESG-enhanced investment is not the same thing as traditional, ethically based SRI (socially responsible investing). While the SRI market itself continues to be vibrant, this realization has allowed the saliency of ESG factors to be recognized as well by a growing number of mainstream investors, well beyond the confines of the traditional SRI community. The “mainstreaming of ESG” is one of the most powerful investment trends in the world today.
  • There is growing public, business, and governmental concern over the financial and competitive impacts of such major sustainability issues as climate change.
  • There is a growing body of concrete evidence that ESG considerations can indeed add value to the investment process in particular cases.