Glossary


Definitions of Terms Used in Hamptons Group Content

Advisory vs. Consulting

Advisory is the practice of offering information and advice to mitigate risks using data modeling and experience. Consulting is the practice of providing solutions to current problems facing a company. 

Agile Corporate Performance Management

Agile performance management is a business approach to improve employee performance and development by aligning business and employee goals. Agile performance management relies on real-time measurement and feedback.

Alternative Strategic Investments

Alternative strategic investments are active strategies that supplement traditional investments by providing investments with different risks and returns. They include private capital, real estate, and infrastructure investment. 

Artificial Intelligence Venture Capital

Artificial intelligence venture capital is an investment sector where VC firms invest in AI and software companies.

Chief Sustainability Officer

The chief sustainability officer is an executive position that manages a corporation’s environmental and social programs. The rise of ESG investor activism increased the need for companies to address sustainability and social issues.

Corporate Social Responsibility

Corporate social responsibility focuses on a business’s need to appeal to modern consumers by addressing societal concerns in corporate practices and products. 

Design Thinking

Design thinking is a process that helps enterprises shift focus to creating products or services that focus on the human point of view and solving problems for the people served by the enterprises. Design thinking helps an organization understand the unmet needs of its intended audience, which reduces risks, generates innovative solutions fast and utilizes the creative talents of an organization’s team members.

Environmental Venture Capital

Environmental venture capital seeks to increase profits by improving the environment and addressing climate change through innovative technologies that address sustainability. 

ESG

ESG stands for Environmental, Social, and Governance. Investors increasingly analyze ESG factors to identify risks and growth opportunities. 

ESG Investing Principles

ESG investing principles include the practices and strategies investors use to take a more holistic view of a company’s practices and products to mitigate risk and find growth opportunities.

ESG Responsibility

ESG responsibility is a company’s duty to use practices that reduce environmental damage and help alleviate social harm.

ESG Shareholder Activism

ESG shareholder activism encompasses activities that shareholders undertake to move a company to protect the environment and society. It can include board elections, proxy contests, and resolutions, among the numerous ways shareholders can urge a company to address ESG issues.

Group Real Estate Investing

Group real estate investing is a set of investment principles companies use to focus their efforts and capital on real estate ventures.

High-Commitment, High-Performance Management

High-commitment, high-performance management aligns business goals and employee concerns by focusing on fair real-time performance reviews and quick constructive feedback.

Human Capital Consulting

Human capital consulting focuses on human resources planning, professional development, and performance management to maximize the profitability of a company’s workforce through training and development.

Impact Entrepreneurship

Impact entrepreneurship means building a business that seeks to create positive change to help economic systems work toward long-term stability.

Impact Investing

Impact investing provides capital to businesses to generate environmental and social benefits. Impact investing also targets companies with accurate and transparent accounting methods and has policies that address workplace diversity.

Impact Venture Capital

Impact venture capital investments focus on companies that generate social and environmental good while maintaining profitability.

Industrial Clusters

Industrial clusters are geographic areas with multiple companies that take advantage of their proximity to share the benefits of environmental resources and spread climate-related risks.

Integrated Risk Management

Integrated risk management aligns a company’s practices and processes to create a risk-aware workforce and enable technologies to improve decision-making by taking a holistic view of an organization’s management of its unique risks.   

Modern Real Estate Investing

Modern real estate investing opened up commercial real estate investments to smaller investors by using crowd-funding to finance high-cost real estate development.

Net Zero

Net zero means reducing emissions and removing greenhouse gases to reach a level that prevents climate change from worsening.

Not-for-Profit Venture Capital

Not-for-profit venture capital funds are a combination of social impact and market approaches that rely on donations to create self-sustaining funds invested in companies working to solve societal issues.

Private and Public Organizations

Economies contain both public and private sectors that are combined to reach a total gross domestic product.

Private Capital Investments

Private capital investments use raised capital to invest in privately controlled companies.

Private Equity Real Estate Strategies

Private equity real estate strategies include core, core-plus, value-added, or opportunistic investment models to allocate funds according to the desired risk and return levels.

Private Sector Business

Private sector businesses are part of the economy run by private citizens or for-profit companies without state control.

Public Sector Organization

Public sector organizations are part of the economy that includes all organizations owned and operated by the government, including infrastructure, the armed services, law enforcement agencies, and infrastructure.

Real Estate Investment Financing

Real estate investment financing is a method for securing funds from an outside entity for a real estate venture.

Real Estate Debt Investing

Real estate debt investment provides borrowers with short-term private funding for real estate projects.

Real Estate Development Financing

Real estate development financing provides borrowers capital to finish or expand real estate development ventures.

Risk Management

Risk management identifies and assesses threats to a company’s assets or earning potential, including legal liability, management errors, natural disasters, market drops, and disruptive new technologies.

Social Innovation

Social innovation is the process of creating solutions to social and environmental issues to improve the well-being of society while still contributing to economic growth.

Social Venture Fund

Social venture funds provide loans to businesses and non-profits addressing environmental or societal issues.

Strategic Advisory

Strategic advisories use their experience and knowledge to provide organizations with expert guidance to help achieve their goals.

Strategic Business Consultants

Strategic business consultants provide their industry knowledge to objectively assess high-level business issues and offer solutions to help a company reach its goal.

Sustainable Banking

Sustainable banking challenges traditional banking practices to factor in social and environmental impacts when establishing financial policies and projects.

Venture Philanthropy vs. Impact Investing

Venture philanthropy addresses social concerns, while impact investing influences a broader spectrum of social and environmental causes.

Disclaimer: The terms and definitions set forth in this section are for informational purposes only. They do not serve as a legal standard for such definitions and may not be relied upon for business decisions or other representations.