The JUST Report: The Returns are In – Stakeholder Leadership Pays

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The “ROI” of being just is critical to our overall strategy. Understanding if and how just leaders perform better financially than their peers supports the investor case for stakeholder capitalism and helps guide corporate executives and boards on where and how they can allocate capital to generate the biggest impact. That’s why JUST’s investment analysis – expertly led by former portfolio manager Mona Patni – is so important. 

Some key takeaways from our Q1 2024 analysis:

  • As of March 29, 2024, our flagship index – the JUST U.S. Large Cap Diversified Index (JULCD)  – has outperformed the Russell 1000 (Cap-Weighted) benchmark by 0.346% year-to-date and by 10.7% since inception.
  • The JUST 100 (equally weighted index) has outperformed the Russell 1000 (Equally-Weighted) index by 4.47% year-to-date and 43.46% since inception.
  • Three of the five stakeholders we track delivered a positive performance in Q1 2024. The Communities stakeholder delivered the strongest performance over this period with a long-short spread of 5.19%, while the Customers stakeholder lagged at -2.73%. 
  • Aggregated across all five stakeholders, the Q1 spread between the top and bottom decile performers was 4.9%.
  • All five worker sub-categories had a positive top 10% vs. bottom 10% spread: Living Wage at 1.3%, Health & Safety at 1.82%, Benefits & Work-Life Balance at 1.23%, DEI at 1.03% and Workforce Advancement at an impressive 4.99%.
  • The sub-category with the greatest spread between top and bottom performers: Local job creation, at 5.06%.

There’s a lot to unpack here, but the headline is clear: just business is better business. 

Be well, 


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Chart of the Week

This chart comes from our Q1 Investment Analysis, and shows a quick-view of the stakeholders in our JUST ETF that showed high outperformance. Click here to explore the full analysis. 

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