Mesirow Financial is an employee-owned financial services firm founded in 1937. The financial institution is headquartered in Chicago, Illinois with offices around the world. Mesirow's main business units are Global Investment Management, Capital Markets & Investment Banking, and Advisory Services. As of 2022, the financial institution had USD 215 billion in assets under supervision.
In terms of its approach to senior leadership accountability, there is no evidence that Mesirow Financial links the remuneration of its executive or management teams to sustainability performance criteria. No evidence was found that the financial institution is committed to gender equality and women’s empowerment. Mesirow Financial has an opportunity to disclose the proportion of women in senior leadership roles as well as how it addresses any gender pay gaps. The financial institution has an opportunity to describe its engagement approach on sustainability themes and impact topics with clients and investees.
There is no evidence that Mesirow Financial discloses a target to reach net-zero financed emissions by 2050. The financial institution has an opportunity to disclose the key sectors and companies it has identified as priorities to engage with on climate change, specifically on the alignment with the Paris Agreement. There is no evidence that Mesirow Financial discloses its financing activities devoted to climate solutions. Regarding nature and biodiversity, no evidence was found that the financial institution is committed to minimising its negative impacts or financing regenerative solutions.
There is no evidence that Mesirow Financial has a publicly available policy statement committing it to respect human rights laid out in the UNGPs and the ILO declaration on fundamental rights at work. The financial institution has an opportunity to describe a comprehensive process for identifying its human rights risks and impacts across all its activities, especially its financing activities. Mesirow Financial has an opportunity to disclose the proportion of its total direct operations workforce for each employee category by age group, gender or another indicator of diversity. To provide transparency on financial inclusivity, the financial institution has an opportunity to disclose the amount of finance directed towards, for example, women-owned businesses, small- and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) or low-income developing countries.