Overview & History 

Calvert, headquartered outside Washington, DC in Bethesda, MD, has been setting industry standards for investment management excellence since its founding in 1976.

Calvert has never measured success by numbers alone. While strongly committed to seeking competitive returns for our investors, Calvert’s investment approach goes beyond traditional measures to uncover companies with long-term value and responsible corporate practices. We offer expertise across a wide range of asset classes and styles and strive for client service excellence and integrity. Calvert serves individual and institutional investors as well as professional financial advisors nationwide. Today, more than 400,000 investors entrust over $13 billion in assets to Calvert.

A responsible corporate culture

As a company, Calvert is actively committed to transparency and corporate responsibility as a core value—both inside and out. At Calvert, we value a diverse workforce and seek to represent the diversity of the Washington, D.C., metropolitan area among our associates. We have a policy of actively hiring and promoting women and minorities, reflected in a workforce with 33 percent minority representation. (For more details, see our Corporate Sustainability Reports).

Calvert provides its employees with a flexible, benefit-rich, family-friendly work environment to promote a healthy work-life balance. We also encourage community involvement and volunteer activities, and have strong corporate philanthropy policies that provide financial assistance to many local charities and community institutions. Full-time Calvert employees have the opportunity to take one paid day per month to perform community service.

Externally, Calvert partners with many non-governmental organizations (NGOs) in its advocacy work, whether to advance causes such as an end to the genocide in Sudan or to engage with companies that might not meet the funds' ESG criteria.

Leadership in investment innovation

Calvert founders D. Wayne Silby and John G. Guffey, Jr. together established Calvert in 1976 and launched the First Variable Rate Fund for Government Income, which offered the first variable-rate government money market fund in the country. It offered an innovative mix of short-term, fixed-rate securities with long-term, variable-rate securities to provide attractive yields, as well as a strong measure of safety.

In 1982, Calvert's innovation continued with the introduction of the Calvert Social Investment Fund (CSIF), a group of portfolios that incorporated environmental, social and governance (ESG) criteria into their investment-selection process. The CSIF portfolios quickly grew to include not only money market but also fixed income and equity portfolios. CSIF portfolios are now part of Calvert Signature™ Strategies that evaluate companies across seven broad areas of sustainability criteria. In 2008, to meet the needs of an increasingly diverse group of SRI investors, Calvert continued its innovation by introducing the title="Calvert's Solution Strategies">Calvert Solution™ and Calvert SAGE™ Strategies.

In addition, we seek to influence corporate and business practices through such initiatives as Calvert Women's Principles®, shareholder advocacy, and publication of the Calvert Corporate Sustainability Report. Externally, Calvert partners with policymakers, non-governmental organizations (NGOs), other SRI firms, and government agencies in our advocacy work—whether to advance causes such as an end to the genocide in Sudan, promote policies addressing global climate change, or advocate for Indigenous Peoples’ rights.

Calvert Investment Innovation Highlights:

  • 1976—First Variable Rate Fund launched in the U.S.
  • 1982—Calvert's first Sustainable and Responsible Investments (SRI) products introduced.
  • 1982—One of first mutual funds to take a stand on apartheid through divestment.
  • 1986—CSIF first fund to sponsor a social shareholder resolution.
  • 1990—High Social Impact Investments created, targeting 1% of investments in selected Calvert Funds to support community investment.
  • 1992—Special Equities program created, investing in early-stage companies with a social mission.
  • 1992—Calvert's first international SRI fund, Calvert World Values International Equity Fund, launched.
  • 1994—One of first mutual funds to reinvest in South Africa.
  • 1998—Calvert DOL Advisory Opinion letter—establishes fiduciary basis for defined contribution plans to invest in SRI funds.
  • 2004—Calvert Women’s Principles introduced.
  • 2007—Calvert Global Alternative Energy Fund launched as the first Calvert Solution Strategies fund.
  • 2008—Introduction of expanded SRI strategies.
  • 2008—Calvert Global Water Fund added to Calvert Solution Strategies lineup.
  • 2008—Calvert Large Cap Value Fund launched as first Calvert SAGE Strategies fund.

Tax-Advantaged Investments

Calvert also has built a strong array of tax-advantaged investments that provide federal-tax-free income—and in some cases state-and-municipality-tax-free income. (Generally, tax-free investments are not appropriate for tax-deferred retirement investing. In an IRA, 401(k), 403(b), and other retirement-savings plans, your contributions and their earnings aren't taxed until you begin penalty-free withdrawals, which generally are available starting at age 59 ½.) Tax-advantaged funds invest in securities issued by state and local governments to finance projects such as building schools, repairing roads, and constructing facilities like sports stadiums. Because the bonds in tax-advantaged funds offer tax-free income, they generally have a lower yield than taxable bonds.

Calvert Investments and Ameritas

Calvert Investments, Inc. is the holding company for Calvert's operating and management companies, which include:

  • Calvert Investment Management, Inc., the advisor and manager for Calvert funds.
  • Calvert Investment Services, Inc., the shareholder services agent for Calvert funds.
  • Calvert Investment Administrative Services Company, the provider of accounting, legal, and other administrative services for Calvert funds.
  • Calvert Investment Distributors, Inc., the principal underwriter/distributor for Calvert funds.

Calvert Investments, Inc. is part of a larger financial services family, Ameritas.