Since its inception over 25 years ago, Polen Capital Credit and its employees have demonstrated a strong sense of corporate citizenship. With a commitment to improving the quality of life for its surrounding communities and beyond, the firm and its employees are actively engaged in efforts throughout the year to support others and raise awareness about important causes.

Polen Capital Credit’s Corporate Citizenship Program consists of three core components: 1) Community Partnerships, 2) Diversity & Inclusion and 3) Employee Volunteerism. Overall, Polen Capital Credit is proud that giving back to communities is part of its regular operating philosophy.

Community Partnerships

Polen Capital Credit has well-established partnerships with several local and national organizations. The firm’s primary focus has been on supporting communities in the Greater Boston area particularly in the areas of food insecurity, children with challenging family and/or learning circumstances and mentorship.

  • Big Brothers Big Sisters

    For many years, Polen U.S. High Yield has supported the Big Brothers Big Sisters organization. Learn More
  • The Children’s Trust

    Polen U.S. High Yield is a proud sponsor of The Children’s Trust, an organization whose mission is to stop child abuse in Massachusetts. Learn More
  • Fresh Start Furniture Bank

    Polen U.S. High Yield has held numerous highly successful drives for the Fresh Start Furniture Bank, an organization that helps individuals and families create their new homes, often while overcoming challenging circumstances such as domestic abuse, addiction, post war acclimation, etc. Learn More
  • Greater Boston Food Bank

    Food insecurity is a top-of-mind cause that desperately needs supporting.  Learn More
  • Middlesex Human Service Agency

    A more recent partnership for Polen U.S. High Yield, the MHSA provides intensive, emergency support to those affected by homelessness, substance use disorders and food insecurity. Learn More
  • New England Center and Home for Veterans

    For years, employees have enjoyed giving back to the veteran community. Learn More
  • Read to A Child program

    Polen U.S. High Yield has partnered with the Read to a Child program for several years. Learn More
  • Rosie’s Place

    Each year, Polen U.S. High Yield compiles bags of toiletries for Rosie’s Place whose mission is to provide a safe and nurturing environment that helps poor and homeless women maintain their dignity, seek opportunity and find security in their lives. Learn More
  • United Way

    Each year, Polen U.S. High Yield donates hundreds of boxes of food as part of United Way’s Thanksgiving Project food drive. Learn More

Diversity & Inclusion

Polen Capital Credit’s Diversity & Inclusion Mission: Polen Capital Credit believes that embracing diversity is paramount to creating and maintaining a culture that drives employee collaboration, enhances our business results and advances our commitment to excellence. Polen Capital Credit is committed to and prioritizes diversity across age, gender, religion, race, sexual orientation, disability, national origin, experience and thought. 

Through employee education, community engagement and recruiting efforts, Polen Capital Credit strives to create a more diverse workplace, foster a greater awareness of the importance of diversity and inclusion and provide opportunities to underrepresented communities. Polen Capital Credit believes that possessing a broader set of backgrounds and perspectives results in better decision-making, which is critical to the firm’s sustainability and long-term success.

Polen Capital Credit is committed to creating, fostering and preserving a culture of diversity and inclusion. Polen Capital Credit’s diversity initiatives are applicable to its policies on compensation, benefits, recruiting, hiring, training, promoting, professional development, terminations and the ongoing evolution of its work environment. Polen Capital Credit embraces and encourages its employees’ differences in age, color, disability, ethnicity, family or marital status, gender identity or expression, language, national origin, physical and mental ability, political affiliation, race, religion, sexual orientation, socio-economic status, veteran status, and other characteristics that make each of its employees unique.

Since its inception, Polen Capital Credit has been deliberate in its efforts to be inclusive and supportive of different perspectives, backgrounds and beliefs. Polen Capital Credit believes that such diversity is a critical element contributing to successful business outcomes as well as the retention of talented employees. In 2020, Polen Capital Credit launched its formal Diversity & Inclusion Council made up of employee volunteers across the firm’s departments. This Council, supported by the management operating committee, is leading the effort to create annual objectives and plans to address diversity associated with recruiting, increasing employee awareness, and retaining talent. The Council also engages outside experts to assist with programming opportunities for all employees.

Polen Capital Credit also has implemented an affirmative action plan and is partnering with various organizations to support diversity both within and outside of the investment industry.


  • 100 Women in Finance

    Several employees participate in the 100 Women in Finance educational and networking opportunities. Learn More
  • Boston Women in Finance

    Beyond recruiting diverse talent, Polen U.S. High Yield has joined and participated in events sponsored by particular organizations in and around the Boston area that foster diversity. Learn More
  • The Investment Diversity Exchange

    Various Polen U.S. High Yield employees are members of The Investment Diversity Exchange, whose mission is to promote diversity & inclusion within the investment industry. Learn More
  • Laura Liswood "Moving Beyond Diversity & Embracing Differences"

    In the spring of 2021, the firm participated in an in-depth facilitation session with Laura Liswood, Secretary General of the Council of Women World Leaders. The Council of Women World Leaders is composed of women presidents, prime ministers, and heads of government. Liswood co-founded the Council with President Vigdís Finnbogadóttir of Iceland. Learn More
  • Massachusetts High Technology Council

    Polen U.S. High Yield is an active member of the Massachusetts High Technology Council, Inc., an organization of CEOs and senior executives representing technology companies, professional services firms, and research institutions who are dedicated to creating and sustaining conditions that support investment, job growth and improved quality of life in Massachusetts. Learn More
  • Minds Matter Boston

    Polen U.S. High Yield is excited to support Minds Matter Boston. Learn More
  • Posse Foundation / Union College

    Polen U.S. High Yield has worked with the Dean of Diversity and Inclusion and the head of the Career Center at Union College to lay the groundwork for a partnership with the Posse Program participants at Union. Learn More
  • Vendors / Recruiting Firms

    With respect to professional services, Polen U.S. High Yield actively works with several vendors that are certified women-owned businesses, including, for example, HR Works, Inc., Margaret Belanger Photography and Brunner Communications. Learn More
  • White Paper Challenge

    In the summer of 2020, Polen U.S. High Yield sponsored a “White Paper Challenge” inviting college undergraduates to submit an investment paper addressing the following topic: “Does Board Diversity Impact Corporate Performance?” Learn More
  • Women in Investing (WIN) Conferences

    Polen U.S. High Yield maintains a long-standing relationship with the Cornell Women in Investing (WIN) Conference. Learn More

Employee Volunteerism

Polen Capital Credit employees have long been enthusiastic volunteers as part of Polen Capital Credit’s formal efforts, as well as on their own outside of work. The passion for giving back to our communities is part of the Polen Capital Credit fabric. Annually, employees get together to run, bike, read, sort and pack food bags, and wrap gifts, among other efforts to support our communities.

In addition to Polen Capital Credit’s ongoing volunteer opportunities, the firm recognizes that employees have their individual passions and causes that are special to them. In support of employees, the firm offers volunteer time off to enable participation in non-work volunteer efforts that are particularly meaningful to employees. Polen Capital Credit’s ongoing volunteering efforts include:

  • Biking for a Cure

    The Pan Mass Challenge is a bikeathon held annually to raise money for the Dana Farber Cancer Institute. Learn More
  • Collecting food and packing meals

    Each year, Polen U.S. High Yield donates hundreds of boxes of food as part of United Way’s Thanksgiving Project food drive. Learn More
  • Donating Blood

    Prior to the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic, Polen U.S. High Yield had initiated a partnership with the American Red Cross. Learn More
  • Giving back to veterans

    For years, employees have enjoyed giving back to the veteran community. Learn More
  • Reading Weekly to Elementary School Students

    Polen U.S. High Yield has partnered with the Read to a Child program for several years. Learn More
  • Running for Causes

    Each year, a team of Polen U.S. High Yield employees gather to participate in The JP Morgan Corporate Challenge in Boston. Learn More