Periodically investor groups coordinate public statements or letters in support of various initiatives or policies related to sustainability, environmental, social and governance (ESG) issues, and other materials investment considerations. The Intentional Endowments Network shares these statements here as opportunities for endowments to add their names and offer support, at their own discretion. If you have any questions, please contact us and we can connect you with the organizer(s) of the statements.
Higher Education Carbon Pricing Endorsement Initiative
Our Climate, in partnership with the National Geographic documentary series, Years of Living Dangerously, calls on leaders in higher education to demonstrate support for carbon pricing by signing onto a letter of endorsement. For more information, please see here.
Higher education backs Low Carbon USA
On December 19, 2016, Second Nature released a letter which was collaboratively developed by a diverse group of higher education Institutions and Second Nature that demonstrates its alignment with over 1,000 business leaders under the banner of Low Carbon USA. The goal of the initiative is to show that support for Climate Leadership comes from many sectors and that the message is clear: threats to progress are real, solutions are important and feasible, and we need to act now. To read the letter, and more on how to participate, please see here.
The Investor Stewardship Group (ISG) was formed to bring all types of investors together to establish a Framework of basic standards of investment stewardship and corporate governance for U.S. institutional investor and boardroom conduct. The result is the Framework for U.S. Stewardship and Governance comprising of a set of stewardship principles for institutional investors and corporate governance principles for U.S. listed companies.
The corporate governance Framework articulates six principles that the ISG believes are fundamental to good corporate governance at U.S. listed companies. They reflect the common corporate governance beliefs that are embedded in each member’s proxy voting and engagement guidelines, and are designed to establish a foundational set of investor expectations about corporate governance practices in U.S. publicly-listed companies.
The Framework goes into effect January 1, 2018 to give U.S. companies time to adjust to these standards in advance of the 2018 proxy season.
A group of companies and investors that share a concern that financial markets are not taking sufficient account of climate-related corporate performance, risks and opportunities relevant to future shareholder value because of the lack of information in "mainstream" corporate reports for the investment community. For this reason, the Climate Disclosure Standards Board have decided to produce and make use of such information on a common basis through the Climate Change Reporting Framework. They take this step primarily out of a sense of fiduciary responsibility.
Please visit the past sign-on opportunities page to review older letters and statements, and the endowment signatories.