Sustainable investment consultancy TIIP names William Burckart CEO

26 April 2022 3 min. read
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The Investment Integration Project (TIIP), a boutique consulting and applied research firm specializing in sustainable investing, has promoted William Burckart to CEO.

Burckart succeeds founder Steve Lydenberg, who will serve as chairman and advise the firm’s leadership as they accelerate the next phase of growth.

Lydenberg founded TIIP in 2015. The company, which has a team of approximately six people across offices in Boston and New York, develops tools for pursuing “system-level investing” – an advanced sustainable investing strategy for managing systemic risks and investing in solutions to systemic problems (e.g. climate change, income inequality, and economic crises).

TIIP offers consulting and research services to pension funds, investment management firms, foundations, and endowments looking to establish and implement impact and investment goals that tackle system-level issues. The firm also offers Systems Aware Investing Launchpad (SAIL), a “one-stop-shop” platform for system-level investing implementation support and tools.

Lydenberg is partner for strategic vision at Domini Impact Investments. He was previously the firm’s chief investment officer and was co-founder of the Domini 400 Social Index in 1990, the first index to utilize social and environmental standards. A pioneering leader in researching social and environmental performance of corporations, Lydenberg is also the founding director of the Initiative for Responsible Investment (IRI) at the Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University.

William Burckart, CEO, TIIP

“I am excited for this next chapter and believe Bill’s passion, energy, and leadership will serve TIIP well,” Lydenberg said. “As Chairman, I will focus on supporting initiatives to help investors of all stripes understand why it’s time for a new way to think about investing—one that can contend with the complex system-level challenges society faces in the 21st century. It is imperative that we take action now.”

Burckart has 15 years of experience providing consulting and research for impact investing. He has served as president and COO of TIIP for the last six years.

Before joining the firm, he ran his independent firm Burckart Consulting, where he helped clients integrate philanthropic and investment goals. Prior to that, he co-founded Impact Economy, a social finance and strategy firm providing advisory, research, and executive education on sustainable capitalism.

Earlier in his career, Burckart spent over four years at the John Hopkins Center for Civil Society Studies – a center focusing on research in nonprofits, social investing, and tools of government – where he was a special initiatives manager. Before that, he was an associate at Venture Philanthropy Partners.

Burckart earlier this year co-founded Colorful Capital, which provides capital support and scaffolding to enterprises founded and led by members of the LGBT+ community.

“Investors increasingly need a way to grapple with fundamentally destabilizing, new and different social and environmental challenges,” said Burckart. “Over the past seven years TIIP has helped to develop a solution, namely system-level investing. I look forward to building on this foundation while also accelerating our efforts to guide investors in better managing systemic risks and solving complex global issues, encouraging widespread adoption of new and advanced techniques, and facilitating broader industry reform.”