We embrace and encourage corporate citizenship. It is part of our DNA.
Commitment to Community
Supporting and improving the communities where our employees and clients live and work is a decades-long tradition for us. Whether we are providing local and national civic and charitable organizations with financial support, employee volunteers, board members or mentors, the goal is the same – to make a difference. Our commitment to the community is an essential part of who we are.
We work with many organizations, including:
WITS: Working in the Schools
The WITS program promotes literacy and a love of learning among Chicago Public Schools elementary students. GCM Grosvenor has volunteered with WITS since 2010. Our staff is passionate about this program, which provides consistent one-on-one mentorship and creates personal connections with students through reading.
Chicago Cares Volunteer Outing at Cook Elementary School
Chicago Cares connects people, communities and causes through volunteerism. We first volunteered with the organization at the Chicago Cares Annual Serve-A-Thon in 1995. Today, we continue that tradition and also volunteer as a community partner with specific projects. Recently, our staff volunteered at Cook Elementary School to run a “Kid’s Olympics” and create a life-size chess set.
Commitment to Diversity
Fostering a community of diversity and inclusion is one of our core values and part of our overall business strategy. We firmly believe that as our workforce, suppliers and vendors become more diverse, we improve as a firm. This commitment comes from the highest levels of senior management at GCM Grosvenor, fostering a culture of innovation and creativity, and, ultimately, allowing the firm to remain competitive.
Annual Small and Emerging Managers Conference
The GCM Grosvenor Small and Emerging Managers Conference (SEM Conference) addresses topics relevant to small, emerging and diverse managers. As one of the largest events dedicated to this space, the conference brings together a wide range of professionals specializing in private equity, hedge funds, real estate, infrastructure and regionally focused investments. Top managers and institutional investors headline panel sessions at the conference and lead discussions on key issues.
Read about our recent 10th Annual SEM Conference
Affinity Groups: WINGs - Leadership Board
As part of our continued efforts to achieve an inclusive and diverse workforce, we have established networking groups within the firm. These groups focus on women (the Women’s Inspirational Networking Group, or WINGs), the LGBTQ community (GCM Grosvenor Pride), and other underrepresented groups to promote and encourage professional development and networking opportunities, both within and outside of the firm. We also encourage our staff to bring ideas to the leadership team on how to further enhance our environment.
Approach to Responsible Investment
Grosvenor Capital Management, L.P. and GCM Customized Fund Investment Group, L.P. are among the few independent alternative investment firms that are signatories to the United Nations Principles for Responsible Investment (UN PRI). We view the UN PRI as a high-level framework for considering Environmental, Social and Corporate Governance (ESG) issues in the investment process. As an industry leader, we are committed to increasing awareness about the UN PRI and ESG issues in the alternative investment management industry. GCM Grosvenor has an ESG Task Force consisting of professionals across the firm who are focused on furthering ESG initiatives, both internally and externally. We believe that we appropriately consider ESG issues in our investment process, in a manner consistent with our fiduciary duties. Further, we have the capabilities, experience and team to act on behalf of clients who are interested in ESG-focused alternative investment programs.