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IEN’s Roundtable at Total Impact Philadelphia Offers a Fr...

The recent Total Impact Philadelphia Conference brought together investors, educators, and community and economic development leaders. The event is part of a series of events produced by Good Capital Project which explores different ways in which asset owners and managers can drive regional impact through their investments.

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Student Conference for Corporate Responsibility - Reflect...

On April 13-14, 2019, The Intentional Endowments Network co-hosted The Student Conference for Corporate Responsibility with The Dwight Hall Socially Responsible Investment (SRI) Fund at Yale University. This conference convened undergraduate and graduate students and faculty involved in running student-managed funds across the country, with the goal of broadening students' understanding of both sustainable finance and shareholder engagement.    This is not the first time students managers of the Dwight Hall SRI Fund at Yale Unversity have engaged in dialogue around shareholder engagement opportunities. They have been actively exercising their voices as shareholders since 2014, when the Yale Corporation Committee on Investor Responsibility announced that the Yale Endowment would adopt a special proxy voting directive for the issue of climate change. As a student-run...

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Middlebury College's Ambitious Energy2028 Plan

Middlebury College is a private liberal arts college, based in Vermont and known for its global reach and focus. In late January 2019, Middlebury announced an ambitious, whole-institution approach to combating climate change that includes sustainable, fossil fuel-free investing.

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Impact Update: Getting Oil, Gas, and Mining on Board with...

Impact Update Intentionally Designed Endowments Making a Difference   March 2019: Getting the Oil, Gas, and Mining Sector On Board with Climate Action

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2019 Proxy Voting Season Kicks Off

Last week a team of experts launched the Proxy Preview 2019 guide, providing institutional investors with a key tool for shareholder engagement on environmental, social, and governance (ESG) issues.

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CFA Institute Releases New Position on ESG Integration

In January 2019, the CFA Institute endorsed ESG integration in investment analysis. As noted in the position statement's release, "Key points in the new Statement include the duty of CFA charterholders to factor in all material information, including material ESG factors into investment analysis, unless contrary to client wishes. The Statement notes that such factoring is consistent with an investment manager’s fiduciary duty."

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2019 Higher Education Climate Leadership Summit: Reflecti...

By: Georges Dyer, Co-Founder and Principal, The Intentional Endowments Network and Timothy Carter, President, Second Nature       After a year of alarming evidence on the urgency of climate change – from direct experience with extreme weather events to the latest findings of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) – over 300 cross-sector leaders convened in Tempe, Arizona, February 10-12 for the 2019 Higher Education Climate Leadership Summit. This year’s gathering, co-convened by Second Nature and the Intentional Endowments Network (IEN), was an interactive, outcome-oriented Summit, focused on the theme of “Local Action. Global Impact.”

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College and University Presidents Announce Call to Action...

Boston, MA (February 12, 2019) — Today in Tempe, Arizona, higher education leaders announced a Call to Action: Guiding Principles for Accelerating Equitable and Just Climate Solutions in response to the recent scientific reports that strongly advise unprecedented action in the next decade to avoid the worst impacts of climate change. Institutions are signaling for ambitious cross-sector climate solutions that advance just and equitable sustainability practices on campuses and their surrounding communities. Developed in coordination with presidents, chancellors, and trustees from higher education institutions of the Climate Leadership Network, the joint declaration took place at the 2019 Higher Education Climate Leadership Summit, an annual event hosted by Second Nature and the Intentional Endowments Network (IEN). The call provides nine guiding...

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Addressing Climate Change Through a Private Equity Lens, ...

“Climate change is an existential threat to the world’s poorest and most vulnerable,” Jim Yong Kim, former president of the World Bank Group, recently said. The World Bank Group is not alone in focusing on a more climate resilient future. Climate change remains the most significant ESG issue for asset managers, who have more than doubled their investments to nearly $3 trillion into the space over the last two years, according to the U.S. SIF Foundation's biennial Report on U.S. Sustainable, Responsible, and Impact Investing Trends. Moreover, the report found that private equity and venture capital ESG assets under management more than doubled to $283 billion with 565 funds. Given these investment trends, Intentional Endowments Network (IEN) talked with industry experts to...

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Impact Investing Leaders Introduce Opportunity Zones Repo...

The U.S. Impact Investing Alliance and Beeck Center for Social Impact + Innovation at Georgetown University collaborate to create a shared framework to guide best practices in the Opportunity Zones market NEW YORK, NY, February 6, 2019 -- The U.S. Impact Investing Alliance (“USIIA”) and the Beeck Center for Social Impact + Innovation at Georgetown University (“Beeck Center”) today released a set of principles and a detailed impact measurement framework to help guide the development of the Opportunity Zones market. The Opportunity Zones Reporting Framework, a voluntary guideline, is designed to define best practices for Opportunity Fund managers seeking to invest in designated Opportunity Zones around the country. Market participants will be encouraged to abide by these best practices and...

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Impact Investing Leaders Introduce Opportunity Zones Repo...

The U.S. Impact Investing Alliance and Beeck Center for Social Impact + Innovation at Georgetown University collaborate to create a shared framework to guide best practices in the Opportunity Zones market NEW YORK, NY, February 6, 2019 -- The U.S. Impact Investing Alliance (“USIIA”) and the Beeck Center for Social Impact + Innovation at Georgetown University (“Beeck Center”) today released a set of principles and a detailed impact measurement framework to help guide the development of the Opportunity Zones market. The Opportunity Zones Reporting Framework, a voluntary guideline, is designed to define best practices for Opportunity Fund managers seeking to invest in designated Opportunity Zones around the country. Market participants will be encouraged to abide by these best practices and...

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Addressing Climate Change Through a Private Equity Lens, ...

“Climate change is an existential threat to the world’s poorest and most vulnerable,” Jim Yong Kim, former president of the World Bank Group, recently said. The World Bank Group is not alone in focusing on a more climate resilient future. Climate change remains the most significant ESG issue for asset managers, who have more than doubled their investments to nearly $3 trillion into the space over the last two years, according to the U.S. SIF Foundation's biennial Report on U.S. Sustainable, Responsible, and Impact Investing Trends. Moreover, the report found that private equity and venture capital ESG assets under management more than doubled to $283 billion with 565 funds. Given these investment trends, Intentional Endowments Network (IEN) talked with industry experts to...

Read More


College and University Presidents Announce Call to Action...

Boston, MA (February 12, 2019) — Today in Tempe, Arizona, higher education leaders announced a Call to Action: Guiding Principles for Accelerating Equitable and Just Climate Solutions in response to the recent scientific reports that strongly advise unprecedented action in the next decade to avoid the worst impacts of climate change. Institutions are signaling for ambitious cross-sector climate solutions that advance just and equitable sustainability practices on campuses and their surrounding communities. Developed in coordination with presidents, chancellors, and trustees from higher education institutions of the Climate Leadership Network, the joint declaration took place at the 2019 Higher Education Climate Leadership Summit, an annual event hosted by Second Nature and the Intentional Endowments Network (IEN). The call provides nine guiding...

Read More


2019 Higher Education Climate Leadership Summit: Reflecti...

By: Georges Dyer, Co-Founder and Principal, The Intentional Endowments Network and Timothy Carter, President, Second Nature       After a year of alarming evidence on the urgency of climate change – from direct experience with extreme weather events to the latest findings of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) – over 300 cross-sector leaders convened in Tempe, Arizona, February 10-12 for the 2019 Higher Education Climate Leadership Summit. This year’s gathering, co-convened by Second Nature and the Intentional Endowments Network (IEN), was an interactive, outcome-oriented Summit, focused on the theme of “Local Action. Global Impact.”

Read More


CFA Institute Releases New Position on ESG Integration

In January 2019, the CFA Institute endorsed ESG integration in investment analysis. As noted in the position statement's release, "Key points in the new Statement include the duty of CFA charterholders to factor in all material information, including material ESG factors into investment analysis, unless contrary to client wishes. The Statement notes that such factoring is consistent with an investment manager’s fiduciary duty."

Read More


2019 Proxy Voting Season Kicks Off

Last week a team of experts launched the Proxy Preview 2019 guide, providing institutional investors with a key tool for shareholder engagement on environmental, social, and governance (ESG) issues.

Read More


Impact Update: Getting Oil, Gas, and Mining on Board with...

Impact Update Intentionally Designed Endowments Making a Difference   March 2019: Getting the Oil, Gas, and Mining Sector On Board with Climate Action

Read More


Middlebury College's Ambitious Energy2028 Plan

Middlebury College is a private liberal arts college, based in Vermont and known for its global reach and focus. In late January 2019, Middlebury announced an ambitious, whole-institution approach to combating climate change that includes sustainable, fossil fuel-free investing.

Read More


Student Conference for Corporate Responsibility - Reflect...

On April 13-14, 2019, The Intentional Endowments Network co-hosted The Student Conference for Corporate Responsibility with The Dwight Hall Socially Responsible Investment (SRI) Fund at Yale University. This conference convened undergraduate and graduate students and faculty involved in running student-managed funds across the country, with the goal of broadening students' understanding of both sustainable finance and shareholder engagement.    This is not the first time students managers of the Dwight Hall SRI Fund at Yale Unversity have engaged in dialogue around shareholder engagement opportunities. They have been actively exercising their voices as shareholders since 2014, when the Yale Corporation Committee on Investor Responsibility announced that the Yale Endowment would adopt a special proxy voting directive for the issue of climate change. As a student-run...

Read More


IEN’s Roundtable at Total Impact Philadelphia Offers a Fr...

The recent Total Impact Philadelphia Conference brought together investors, educators, and community and economic development leaders. The event is part of a series of events produced by Good Capital Project which explores different ways in which asset owners and managers can drive regional impact through their investments.

Read More


2019 Higher Education Climate Leadership Summit: Reflecti...

By: Georges Dyer, Co-Founder and Principal, The Intentional Endowments Network and Timothy Carter, President, Second Nature       After a year of alarming evidence on the urgency of climate change – from direct experience with extreme weather events to the latest findings of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) – over 300 cross-sector leaders convened in Tempe, Arizona, February 10-12 for the 2019 Higher Education Climate Leadership Summit. This year’s gathering, co-convened by Second Nature and the Intentional Endowments Network (IEN), was an interactive, outcome-oriented Summit, focused on the theme of “Local Action. Global Impact.”

Read More


2019 Proxy Voting Season Kicks Off

Last week a team of experts launched the Proxy Preview 2019 guide, providing institutional investors with a key tool for shareholder engagement on environmental, social, and governance (ESG) issues.

Read More


Addressing Climate Change Through a Private Equity Lens, ...

“Climate change is an existential threat to the world’s poorest and most vulnerable,” Jim Yong Kim, former president of the World Bank Group, recently said. The World Bank Group is not alone in focusing on a more climate resilient future. Climate change remains the most significant ESG issue for asset managers, who have more than doubled their investments to nearly $3 trillion into the space over the last two years, according to the U.S. SIF Foundation's biennial Report on U.S. Sustainable, Responsible, and Impact Investing Trends. Moreover, the report found that private equity and venture capital ESG assets under management more than doubled to $283 billion with 565 funds. Given these investment trends, Intentional Endowments Network (IEN) talked with industry experts to...

Read More


CFA Institute Releases New Position on ESG Integration

In January 2019, the CFA Institute endorsed ESG integration in investment analysis. As noted in the position statement's release, "Key points in the new Statement include the duty of CFA charterholders to factor in all material information, including material ESG factors into investment analysis, unless contrary to client wishes. The Statement notes that such factoring is consistent with an investment manager’s fiduciary duty."

Read More


College and University Presidents Announce Call to Action...

Boston, MA (February 12, 2019) — Today in Tempe, Arizona, higher education leaders announced a Call to Action: Guiding Principles for Accelerating Equitable and Just Climate Solutions in response to the recent scientific reports that strongly advise unprecedented action in the next decade to avoid the worst impacts of climate change. Institutions are signaling for ambitious cross-sector climate solutions that advance just and equitable sustainability practices on campuses and their surrounding communities. Developed in coordination with presidents, chancellors, and trustees from higher education institutions of the Climate Leadership Network, the joint declaration took place at the 2019 Higher Education Climate Leadership Summit, an annual event hosted by Second Nature and the Intentional Endowments Network (IEN). The call provides nine guiding...

Read More


IEN’s Roundtable at Total Impact Philadelphia Offers a Fr...

The recent Total Impact Philadelphia Conference brought together investors, educators, and community and economic development leaders. The event is part of a series of events produced by Good Capital Project which explores different ways in which asset owners and managers can drive regional impact through their investments.

Read More


Impact Investing Leaders Introduce Opportunity Zones Repo...

The U.S. Impact Investing Alliance and Beeck Center for Social Impact + Innovation at Georgetown University collaborate to create a shared framework to guide best practices in the Opportunity Zones market NEW YORK, NY, February 6, 2019 -- The U.S. Impact Investing Alliance (“USIIA”) and the Beeck Center for Social Impact + Innovation at Georgetown University (“Beeck Center”) today released a set of principles and a detailed impact measurement framework to help guide the development of the Opportunity Zones market. The Opportunity Zones Reporting Framework, a voluntary guideline, is designed to define best practices for Opportunity Fund managers seeking to invest in designated Opportunity Zones around the country. Market participants will be encouraged to abide by these best practices and...

Read More


Impact Update: Getting Oil, Gas, and Mining on Board with...

Impact Update Intentionally Designed Endowments Making a Difference   March 2019: Getting the Oil, Gas, and Mining Sector On Board with Climate Action

Read More


Middlebury College's Ambitious Energy2028 Plan

Middlebury College is a private liberal arts college, based in Vermont and known for its global reach and focus. In late January 2019, Middlebury announced an ambitious, whole-institution approach to combating climate change that includes sustainable, fossil fuel-free investing.

Read More


Student Conference for Corporate Responsibility - Reflect...

On April 13-14, 2019, The Intentional Endowments Network co-hosted The Student Conference for Corporate Responsibility with The Dwight Hall Socially Responsible Investment (SRI) Fund at Yale University. This conference convened undergraduate and graduate students and faculty involved in running student-managed funds across the country, with the goal of broadening students' understanding of both sustainable finance and shareholder engagement.    This is not the first time students managers of the Dwight Hall SRI Fund at Yale Unversity have engaged in dialogue around shareholder engagement opportunities. They have been actively exercising their voices as shareholders since 2014, when the Yale Corporation Committee on Investor Responsibility announced that the Yale Endowment would adopt a special proxy voting directive for the issue of climate change. As a student-run...

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