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Values and Value

The following is an op-ed piece written by Susan Gary, Professor of Law at the University of Oregon, and originally published on April 27, 2014 in the Eugene Register Guard. -- The recent University of Oregon student vote on divestment raised the question of whether the University of Oregon Foundation should remove investments in fossil fuel companies from its portfolio.  If the goal is to take action to address climate change, the vote focused on the wrong thing.  Simply screening out the stocks of certain companies is not likely to have a substantial impact on those companies, and doing so may result in negative effects on investment performance.  Environmental, social and governance (ESG) investing (also called impact investing) is a better...

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The Intentionally Designed Endowment – A Primer

What is an “intentionally designed endowment”?  On April 3-4, 2014 Second Nature and Hampshire College – with support from a high caliber Steering Committee – convened a group of representatives from endowed institutions and the finance industry to explore this question. We developed a primer for participants to establish a baseline understanding of key issues related to aligning investment practices with institutional values.  It provides a high-level overview of sustainability investing, including a brief history, and a select list of key resources and relevant organizations. Any non-profit administrator or trustee with fiduciary responsibility or involved with investment policies should be familiar with this rapidly evolving field: Intentionally Designed Endowment | Primer While we are all aware of the fossil fuel...

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The Intentionally Designed Endowment – A Primer

What is an “intentionally designed endowment”?  On April 3-4, 2014 Second Nature and Hampshire College – with support from a high caliber Steering Committee – convened a group of representatives from endowed institutions and the finance industry to explore this question. We developed a primer for participants to establish a baseline understanding of key issues related to aligning investment practices with institutional values.  It provides a high-level overview of sustainability investing, including a brief history, and a select list of key resources and relevant organizations. Any non-profit administrator or trustee with fiduciary responsibility or involved with investment policies should be familiar with this rapidly evolving field: Intentionally Designed Endowment | Primer While we are all aware of the fossil fuel...

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Values and Value

The following is an op-ed piece written by Susan Gary, Professor of Law at the University of Oregon, and originally published on April 27, 2014 in the Eugene Register Guard. -- The recent University of Oregon student vote on divestment raised the question of whether the University of Oregon Foundation should remove investments in fossil fuel companies from its portfolio.  If the goal is to take action to address climate change, the vote focused on the wrong thing.  Simply screening out the stocks of certain companies is not likely to have a substantial impact on those companies, and doing so may result in negative effects on investment performance.  Environmental, social and governance (ESG) investing (also called impact investing) is a better...

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The Intentionally Designed Endowment – A Primer

What is an “intentionally designed endowment”?  On April 3-4, 2014 Second Nature and Hampshire College – with support from a high caliber Steering Committee – convened a group of representatives from endowed institutions and the finance industry to explore this question. We developed a primer for participants to establish a baseline understanding of key issues related to aligning investment practices with institutional values.  It provides a high-level overview of sustainability investing, including a brief history, and a select list of key resources and relevant organizations. Any non-profit administrator or trustee with fiduciary responsibility or involved with investment policies should be familiar with this rapidly evolving field: Intentionally Designed Endowment | Primer While we are all aware of the fossil fuel...

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Values and Value

The following is an op-ed piece written by Susan Gary, Professor of Law at the University of Oregon, and originally published on April 27, 2014 in the Eugene Register Guard. -- The recent University of Oregon student vote on divestment raised the question of whether the University of Oregon Foundation should remove investments in fossil fuel companies from its portfolio.  If the goal is to take action to address climate change, the vote focused on the wrong thing.  Simply screening out the stocks of certain companies is not likely to have a substantial impact on those companies, and doing so may result in negative effects on investment performance.  Environmental, social and governance (ESG) investing (also called impact investing) is a better...

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