Our purposes and values are what define us
At Chatham, we have sought to build a company where our collective common bond around our purposes and values is obvious to our clients, partners, vendors and communities. Our purposes—the reasons for our existence—inspire us to the level of excellence for which we are known. And our values provide guardrails on our journey toward accomplishing our purposes.
Since our founding, Chatham has embraced a multiple bottom line philosophy that can be best summed up in our company’s recognized five purposes. These purposes articulate why we exist:
Impact our communities and the world. Chatham seeks to combine our time, financial resources, and unique capabilities to better our communities and address global problems.
Impact Chathamites. Chatham seeks to create a vibrant culture in which Chathamites develop and thrive both professionally and personally.
Impact our clients. Chatham seeks to earn each client’s trust and partner with them for mutual success.
Impact markets. Chatham seeks to make the markets we serve fair, safe, and transparent.
Impact purpose-oriented investors. Chatham seeks to provide strong, long-term financial returns to current and future generations of investors who steward our purposes, values, and culture.
These purposes are the reasons Chatham exists and provide the inspiration for building an organization of like-minded individuals who are driven in both thought and action toward making a difference.
Our values are the ideals that guide how we carry out our purposes. We see our values as timeless standards. We would rather shut our doors and go home rather than violate our values.
Chatham looks for team members whose personal values align with our organizational values and who can propagate them. We vest our values with organizational power and encourage everyone to speak up, regardless of their tenure or role, when they have questions about whether our actions are consistent with our values.
Of course, sometimes it is difficult to discern if particular actions are consistent with our values. While some behaviors are clear and obvious violations, many situations are less clear. We endeavor to use such situations to generate discussions to help each Chathamite develop a deeper and richer understanding of what it means to live according to our values.
Act with honesty and integrity. We strive to align our thoughts, speech and actions so that we do what is right, just and fair, even when no one is looking. We will be honest with each other, with our clients and with ourselves, regardless of the consequences.
Respect each individual. We want to treat each other with respect and dignity. We strive to serve our fellow team members and help them achieve their full potential. We respect that a person’s life outside of work is important.
Do excellent work. We strive to do the best work possible. We believe that good is the enemy of great and will not be satisfied with mediocrity.
Work together. Individual success is best achieved through team success and a focus on ‘we’ rather than ‘me’. We work to accomplish great things together and share information freely.
Build long-term relationships. We always invest in our relationships with our clients, business partners and team members with a long-term perspective in mind. Recognizing that trust is a critical element to any long-term relationship, we seek to earn and develop it with others.