Weekly News Round-Up: July 19, 2019

Did this week’s testimony on climate action in Atlanta by Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms spark any ideas for what you’d like to learn, visit, and connect with colleagues about when we convene in Atlanta in February for the Higher Education Climate Leadership Summit? Share those ideas with us here!

Save the date for our July 30th webinar, Integrating ESG Options into Higher Ed Retirement Plans, to learn about a new area of work developing within the network and the latest trends in retirement investing.

 

Renewing IEN Members

The network appreciates the continued engagement of these Investment Manager, Consultant, Non-profit, and Individual Members:

 

IEN in the News

Takeaways from the Pro's: Panel Explores University of New Hampshire's Journey to Sustainable Investing | IEN Blog

  • Read and watch a summary of the lessons shared at a recent IEN event where a panel of University of New Hampshire (UNH) stakeholders describe the why’s and how’s of their journey to align investments with their campus-wide sustainability goals.
 

Opportunities for Action

Universities and Colleges for the Climate Summit | SDG Accord

  • Deadline: August 1, 2019. In advance of the Secretary General’s Climate Summit on September 23, networks and institutions working in Higher Education are coming together to add their support to this letter that would be shared with key government officials and the media in advance of this event.

State of Impact Measurement & Management Practice Survey | Global Impact Investing Network 

  • Deadline: August 16, 2019. Organizations that have committed at least $10m to impact investments since their inception OR have made at least five impact investments; AND measure and manage their impact are invited to participate in this survey. The report generated by this survey provides critical insight to the various approaches to impact measurement and management, the market’s progress, and remaining challenges, and it is important for the endowment community to be represented. Click this link to participate. For more information, contact Rachel Bass, GIIN Research Manager, at rbass@thegiin.org.

Investor Statement of Access to Medicine Index | Access to Medicine Foundation | Sign on deadline: Ongoing.

Investor Statement in Support of Ending Forced Arbitration for Sexual Harassment Claims | RISE

  • Join investors and investment managers including: RISE, Walden Asset Management, the AFL-CIO, and numerous members of the Racial Justice Investing Coalition and Interfaith Center on Corporate Responsibility in our call to end forced arbitration for sexual harassment by 2020. You are eligible to sign if you are an investor or represent an RIA, investment manager, foundation, or fund.

Investor Expectations on Corporate Lobbying on Climate Change | Ceres

  • Deadline: August 23, 2019. The US Investor Expectations on Climate Lobbying letter initiative is being coordinated by Ceres staff with assistance from Walden Asset Management and BNP Paribas Asset Management. The letter and Investor Expectations statement will go to the 47 US-based Climate Action100+ focus companies.We plan to support the CA100+ lead investors to integrate these expectations into the engagement agenda with companies, and will be able to benchmark company progress on these asks using the existing framework from Influence Map.

2020 Higher Education Climate Leadership Summit Call for Proposals | Intentional Endowments Network and Second Nature

  • Deadline: September 30, 2019. Colleagues from all disciplines, backgrounds, and perspectives are encouraged to submit proposals for next-level conversations, workshops, and concurrent sessions for the 2020 Higher Education Climate Leadership Summit. If you have more general ideas for shaping the Summit, please submit them here.
 

New Reports

How to Invest in the Low-carbon Economy | Principles for Responsible Investment

  • This guide focuses on three main areas for investor action: (1) Low-carbon, climate-aligned investment opportunities, (2) Integrating climate-related risks and opportunities into investment processes, (3) Phasing out investments in thermal coal. These actions can be part of investors’ commitment to the Investor Agenda, and to their disclosure in alignment with the Financial Stability Board’s Task Force on Climate-related Financial Disclosure recommendations.

Internal Carbon Pricing For Low-carbon Finance | Generation Foundation, Navigant, and CDP

  • Internal carbon pricing (ICP) can help financial institutions assess carbon risks and identify opportunities to shift capital from high-carbon to low-carbon investment and lending, decarbonise their portfolios, and increase their resilience in a low-carbon transition. This briefing paper aims to help investors and banks understand how they could use ICP in their decision-making, specifically for their investment and lending practices.

Making It Mainstream – Carbon Action 100+ Power Utility Profiles | Carbon Tracker Initiative

  • This analyst note details the new company profiles which aim to help Carbon Action 100+ members engage with power utilities to ensure they align their generation activities with the temperature goal in the Paris Agreement and manage the risks associated with a transition to a low carbon economy. No companies with coal capacity are Paris-aligned based on our methodology and there is significant transition risk due to strong competition from renewables.

The Risk of Fiscal Collapse in Coal-Reliant Communities | Columbia University

  • This paper looks at the many risks coal-dependent local governments face, including the complex system of local revenue instruments and intergovernmental transfers making it difficult to tell how reliant jurisdictions are on the coal industry; the broader ripple effects of coal’s decline threaten governments’ ability to raise revenue, repay debt, and/or provide basic services; and coal-dependent communities’ outstanding bonds likely dramatically understate their climate-related risks.
 

Sustainable Investing By Institutional Asset Owners

8 Large Managers Back SWF Climate Change Framework | Pensions & Investments

  • Eight money managers - Amundi, BlackRock, BNP Paribas Asset Management, Goldman Sachs Asset Management, HSBC Global Asset Management, Natixis Investment Managers, Northern Trust Asset Management and State Street Global Advisors - endorsed the One Planet Sovereign Wealth Fund Framework, set up by sovereign wealth funds that collectively manage $3 trillion in assets, to accelerate the integration of climate change issues into the management of large, long-term asset pools and improve long-term returns.

Climate Change Prompts Nordea Fund to Make Its Biggest Investment Shift | U.S. News & World Report

  • Nordea's Swedish pension fund moved $2.34 billion into investments with a lower carbon footprint and strict sustainability criteria in the first half of the year, saying the move was its biggest asset shift. A number of institutional investors, including Sweden's national pension funds, have started to divest from fossil fuel companies due to the risk their assets will become stranded as the cost of renewable energy falls.
 

Sustainable, Responsible, Impact & ESG Investing

Oregon’s Public Pension Fund Invests in the Immigration Detention Centers That Residents and Politicians Say They Hate | Willamette Week

  • This article discusses Oregon politicians' opposition to the federal government's treatment of undocumented immigrants, particularly families separated at the border. The state bars its law enforcement officers from assisting federal immigration agents. At the same time, Oregon invests its public pension funds in ways that benefit the private prison companies that profit from holding immigrants in detention. In related coverage, CalPERS has been pressed by California State University system faculty to divest its holdings in private prison companies CoreCivic and The GEO Group.

(Watch) How the 2020 Elections Could Impact ESG Investing | Investment News

  • Joseph Keefe, president of IEN member Impax Asset Management, comments on the elections and how advisers can build a bridge to the next generation of clients with ESG investing.

Heating Up: Hotter Earth Drives Dollars to Sustainable Funds | Star Tribune

  • In this interview, John Streur, chief executive officer of Calvert Research and Management, discusses the growing demand for ESG investing strategies.

A Primer for Evaluating Impact Investment Managers | Pensions & Investments

  • This commentary reviews several areas as essential for investors to probe when evaluating an impact investment strategy: People (managers with a strong alignment of interests), Philosophy (clearly defined investment parameters, including impact), Process (clear decision-making methodology), Product (defining impact vs. mission-related investments), Performance, Precautions (against operational risks and impact-washing), and keeping Perspective.

(Listen) How Sustainable ETFs Let Small Investors Make A Difference | Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania

  • Durreen Shahnaz, CEO of the Impact Investment Exchange, and Aniket Shah, head of sustainable investing at OppenheimerFunds, discuss the growing popularity of sustainable ETFs.

The Mainstream Advancement of Sustainable Investing | IR Magazine

  • Attempting to get to the bottom of – and explore further – a much-discussed issue, David Blood, co-founder and senior partner at Generation Investment Management, was asked at the recent Bloomberg Sustainable Business Summit in London: what is sustainable investing?

ESG Funds Hitting Their Stride with Record-level Inflows | InvestmentNews

  • Advisers and investors are taking notice as more mutual funds and exchange-traded funds achieve three-year track records showing solid performance.

ESG Money Market Funds Grow 15% in First Half of 2019 | Financial Times

  • Money market funds that incorporate environmental, social and governance metrics are growing rapidly, with a spurt of activity by big asset managers such as State Street Global Advisors, BlackRock and DWS. Assets in the sector rose 15 per cent to $52bn during the first half of 2019, after growing 1 per cent through all of 2018.

Why ESG Investing Helps With Emerging Market Picks | Yahoo! News

  • There is some evidence ESG criteria can be applied to emerging markets with positive results, as adding ESG analysis gives investors more information about an area where market transparency can be limited and there is less research coverage.

Responsible Investors Must View ESG and Financial Data through Same Lens | BusinessGreen

  • Businesses are doing more to become sustainable, but our investment community doesn't make it easy to assess progress, argues EPRA's Hassan Sabir. The market has gone from famine to feast when it comes to investment opportunities in ESG programs and data metrics to analyse them.

Leave a Mark: The Growth Trajectory of "Impact Investing" in Canada | Deal Law Wire

  • Impact investing represents a continuation of Canada’s ongoing commitment to social finance, an “approach to mobilizing private capital that delivers a social dividend and an economic return to achieve social and environmental goals”, as defined by the Government of Canada. The rapid growth of impact investing is driven largely by investor demand across various asset classes, according to a report released by the Responsible Investment Association.
 

Community Impact Investing

Titans Linebacker Derrick Morgan Retires from NFL and Launches $200 Million Opportunity Zone Fund | Forbes

  • Retiring NFL player Derrick Morgan recently set up an Opportunity Zone fund to invest in marginalized communities. Morgan is taking his OZ investing a step further to ensure it has both a financial profit and positive social impact. “When I first heard about Opportunity Zones, I thought this is just a tax credit for gentrification,” says Morgan. Morgan is using an OZ Score for his investments that was developed by Activated Capital, which considers social returns for all of its investments. The score uses multiple metrics to measure investments on economic inclusion, community development and quality education.

Treasury Risks Dropping the Ball on Opportunity Zones Accountability | The Hill

  • Fran Seegull, executive director of the U.S. Impact Investing Alliance, argues for Opportunity Zones to include clear, consistent and transparent reporting standards. Though the original legislation mandated transparency and accountability, and gave the Treasury Secretary broad authority to ensure that the tax benefit would be used appropriately to create productive economic activity in low-income communities, reporting requirements were stripped out of the reconciliation language. Treasury has yet to reinstate them or to articulate clear rules to prevent abuse.
 

Green Bonds

How ‘Transition Bonds’ Can Help Polluters Turn Green | Bloomberg

  • A new class of bonds, transition bonds, would finance projects aimed at helping the seller switch to a cleaner way of doing business. This could vastly expand the green credit field, and help cut pollution where it needs to be cut. The risk is that they could provide cover for companies not fully committed to shifting quickly away from their carbon-spewing ways. 

(Watch) How to Boost the Sustainability of Your Bond Portfolio | MarketWatch

  • Environmental Social and Governance investing started in equities but has recently migrated to fixed-income investing, adding sustainability elements into a traditional credit analysis. Here's what you need to know.

Scotiabank Turns to Dollar Market for Its First Green Bond | Bloomberg

  • Bank of Nova Scotia is debuting in the green bond market following other Canadian rivals including Royal Bank of Canada. The Toronto-based lender is set to price $500 million of 3.5-year senior bail-in green bonds at a yield of 58 basis points over Treasuries, at the tight end of guidance earlier offered, according to people familiar with the matter.

New ‘Rhino Bonds’ to Allow Investors to Help with Wildlife Conservation | CNBC

  • The $50 million Rhino Impact Bonds will be the world’s first financial instrument working toward the conservation of a species at the risk of extinction. Black rhino numbers have fallen from 65,000 in the 1970s to about 5,500 presently. The bond, expected to launch in the first quarter of 2020, looks to boost the black rhino population by 10% globally.
 

Diversity, Equity, & Inclusion

NAIC and William Blair Join Forces to Strengthen Diversity in the Financial Services Industry | PR Newswire

  • The National Association of Investment Companies (NAIC), the largest network of diverse-owned private equity firms and hedge funds, announced today that it has formed a multi-year partnership with William Blair, one of the leading advisors for diverse asset managers. The partnership will enhance William Blair's participation with diverse-owned firms and capital allocators that have identified diversity as a key priority, and enhance relationships with institutional investors that see diversity as a critical element of success. In addition, the partnership aspires to support William Blair's ongoing recruitment and retention of greater numbers of top-tier diverse professionals at the global firm. It will also provide the NAIC with significant resources to expand programs and services for diverse-owned private equity firms and hedge funds.

(Listen) Diversity as a Business Imperative | CUNA News

  • This episode of the Credit Union National Association News Podcast talks to CUNA Board Member Teresa Freeborn, president/CEO of $891 million asset Xceed Financial Credit Union, and three of the credit union’s board members. They share their views on the board’s role in fostering DEI and how DEI can strengthen the credit union movement’s competitive position and social currency.

Impact Investment Favours Expats Over African Entrepreneurs. Here’s How to Fix That | World Economic Forum

  • Village Capital found that 90% of the capital invested in East Africa in 2015-2016 went to a very small group of expatriate-founded businesses. The vast majority of impact investment firms operating in Africa source funds from outside Africa and most make investment decisions outside Africa too. Recent evidence suggests that the biases and behavior of foreign impact investors may not lead them to investing in the local entrepreneurs with the best chance of long-term financial success and social impact.
 

Gender Lens Investing

Gender Diversity Key to Improving Corporate Governance | Business Times

  • This article reviews the evidence for and approaches to gender lens investing, including institutional investors elevating diversity through their voting and engagement agendas, issuing strong ultimatums to companies which are failing to act and calling for stronger market standards for reporting and disclosure.

2019: the Year Gender Lens Investing Must Hit the Mainstream | Private Banker International

  • We already know that interventions which target investor behavior can have a ripple effect on the wider industry – impact investing has already demonstrated this possibility. This article argues that gender lens investing deserves to come out from under the wider umbrella of socially responsible investing, given the demonstrable social and financial benefits of these approaches.
 

Investment Firm News

Putnam's Katherine Collins Is the Queen Bee of Sustainable Investing | Boston Business Journal

  • (Subscription required) The head of sustainable investing at Putnam Investments spoke with the BBJ about the unexpected parallels between wealth management and tending to a beehive. Plus, how her time at divinity school has informed her investment approach.

Nuveen ETFs Bet Big On ESG | Financial Advisor

  • Nuveen, the investment management business of TIAA, debuted its first exchange-traded fund in September 2016 and its most recent ETF last month. The company now has 12 ETFs with total assets of slightly more than $706 million. Nine of its funds invest with a mandate to follow ESG principles. This interview with Jordan Farris, head of ETF product development, discusses Nuveen’s approach to ETF investing.

Fidelity, Dynasty Back New Tech-powered ESG Asset Manager | InvestmentNews

  • Advisers can use Ethic's technology platform to either select existing ESG models built around certain themes, or to create a custom allocation using direct indexing. Ethic aggregates several data sources to analyze and predict sustainability issues, and to build a "clean version" of advisers' existing allocations.

ASI Teams up with Development Bank for Asia ESG Push | CityWire

  • Aberdeen Standard Investments has forged a strategic partnership with the Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank to help develop debt capital markets for infrastructure and boost ESG growth in the region. Under the partnership, ASI will take on management of the AIIB Asia ESG Enhanced Credit Managed Portfolio. The $500 million mandate invests in Asian infrastructure-related bonds. In addition, the two companies will work closely on the Sustainable Capital Markets Initiative, which aims to increase ESG investing and encourage further growth and adoption of ESG criteria in emerging Asian markets.
 

Economic & Policy Shifts

Atlanta Mayor Bottoms Addresses Senate Committee on Climate Change | Atlanta Journal-Constitution

  • Atlanta Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms was on a panel of five mayors who testified at the first-ever meeting of the Senate Democrats’ Special Committee on the Climate Crisis. The hearing was intended to showcase large cities’ strategies to reduce carbon emissions and adapt to new challenges stemming from climate change. The mayors also discussed how the federal government can help their cities.

Requiring Disclosure of Climate Change Risks Makes Sense for Investors, Companies, and the Economy | Forbes

  • In this article, IEN member Ceres’s CEO Mindy Lubber discusses legislation that would require all publicly held companies to disclose critical information on climate-related risks in their operations and supply chains. The bill, the Climate Risk Disclosure Act of 2019, is rooted firmly in the principles of transparency, materiality and investors’ needs for adequate information to assure robust long term financial returns.

Why Directors Are in the Crosshairs of Corporate Climate Litigation | Greenbiz

  • The intersection between climate change, energy and corporate law is a fast-emerging area. Corporate fiduciary duties and corporate law traditionally have been insulated from environmental and climate concerns, but as the impacts of climate change escalate, this may no longer may be true.

Opinion: the Big Blue Gap in the Green New Deal | Grist

  • The Green New Deal resolution spans energy, transportation, farming, health care, and employment. But there’s a key piece that’s been overlooked: the ocean. The ocean is one of our nation’s greatest resources — not just for recreation and seafood, but also for mitigating climate change. The ocean can go from unsung solution to policy cornerstone, if the United States does four things: 1. restore and protect coastal ecosystems; 2. invest in renewable offshore energy; 3. bolster the “blue economy;” and 4. vastly expand regenerative ocean farming.

The Call to Business and Capital, from Business and Capital | GreenBiz

  • This extract from "The Trillion Dollar Shift: Achieving the Sustainable Development Goals" by Marga Hoek discusses how the adoption of the SDGs and the Paris Agreement sent a message that businesses and capital must aim to create a positive impact on all the assets of the world. 

Voices from the Corporate Enforcement Gap | Public Rights Project

  • In a survey of 2,000 U.S. adults conducted by David Binder Research, 54 percent of respondents said they’d experienced corporate abuse in the last 10 years, including wage theft, predatory lending, predatory debt collection, unsafe rental housing conditions, or health problems due to pollution created by a business.
 

 

Climate Risk, Science, and Clean Energy

Storm Barry's Threat to New Orleans Heightened by Climate Change: Scientists | Reuters

  • Tropical Storm Barry, was fueled by warmth in the Gulf of Mexico that was likely exacerbated by climate change, scientists said. While no single storm can be linked directly to climate change, the trend of warming air and seas around the globe has caused conditions that scientists say will, on average, make storms stronger and rainier.

Reduce, reuse, recycle: why the markets are key players in the war on plastic waste | Euromoney

  • According to research undertaken by the World Economic Forum, UK charity The Ellen MacArthur Foundation and consultants McKinsey, unless current trends are reversed, by 2050 the world’s oceans could hold more plastic than fish by weight.  The overwhelming nature of the task at hand nonetheless presents a rich opportunity for impact investment. Funds could be targeted at accelerating and scaling alternative materials, promoting innovative products and circular business models or advancing plastics collection, tracking and sorting.

Carbon Pricing and the Journey Towards an 'Energy Constrained World' | Greenbiz

  • The recent political standoff in Oregon is an extreme example of a wider trend whereby carbon pricing routinely faces a fierce pushback from certain quarters. And yet, many businesses, including plenty of carbon-intensive firms, are reluctant to give up on a policy tool that could provide one of the most effective means of driving down emissions and mobilizing investment in clean infrastructure, especially when global emissions keep inching upwards.

Fossil Fuels Are Far Less Efficient than Previously Thought | Bloomberg

  • Fossil fuels, long regarded for their high-energy return on investment, are not as efficient as once thought. In fact, their final yields are not much better than those of renewable options, according to a new study. Oil, coal and natural gas have generally returned energy at a ratio of 25:1, meaning that for every barrel of oil used in production, 25 barrels have been made. But that measurement, called energy return on investment, has traditionally been taken when fossil fuels are removed from the ground, and fails to account for energy used during the refining process. 

Airlines Clash Over CO2 as Industry Vilified in Climate Debate | Bloomberg

  • An uneasy alliance between airlines as they face down criticism over carbon emissions has collapsed into a high-profile dispute involving Europe’s biggest network carrier and largest discounter. Deutsche Lufthansa lashed out at low-cost carriers including Ryanair in a Swiss newspaper, saying their loss-leading fares are stoking demand for needless flights that raise pollution and make the industry an easy target for climate campaigners.

How Far Will Insurers Go to Get Away From Coal? | Bloomberg

  • Two large insurers recently announced restrictions on underwriting or investing in coal assets and companies. The announcements are significant, but it’s the details of each company’s policy that really matter. Zurich Insurance Group AG’s policy might turn out to be more than it looks like at first glance; Chubb Ltd.’s policy might turn out to be less.

Ravaged by Drought, a Honduran Village Faces a Choice: Pray for Rain or Migrate | Inside Climate News

  • Climate change, when layered onto the mix of economic instability, violence and weak governance, can become fuel — a threat multiplier that could aggravate all of Honduras' vulnerabilities, leaving people little choice but to leave their homes. The World Bank projects that nearly 4 million people from Central America and Mexico could become climate migrants by 2050.
 
 

General Higher Education Endowment News

A Texas-Sized Step in the Right Direction | Washington Monthly

  • Last year, the Washington Monthly reported that most University of Texas endowment spending went toward elevating the school’s national status rather than helping students cover the costs of attending. In fact, despite the $31 billion endowment (2018), the UT System’s chancellor requested a tuition increase. This past week, however, saw a Texas-sized step in the right direction: starting next year, UT-Austin will fully cover the tuition and fees of students whose families earn $65,000 or less in adjusted gross annual income.

Endowments Flock To Wall Street For A Bigger Piece Of The Action | Financial Advisor

  • Mount Holyoke, a liberal arts college set among the trees of Pioneer Valley in Massachusetts, is the latest school to announce plans to relocate its endowment to a financial center. It joins Cornell, Michigan State, Hamilton and several other schools that have moved to the New York area and Boston in recent years. Mount Holyoke plans to follow a familiar playbook: create a new chief investment officer job and place the executive close to prominent managers for better access to their funds. The college, with an endowment of $780 million, plans to hire a CIO in the coming months and shift the office to New York or Boston.

NACUBO Awards Excellence in Higher Education Finance, Sustainability | Yahoo! Finance

  • The National Association of College and University Business Officers (NACUBO) has honored six higher education leaders and two colleges with 2019 NACUBO Awards. NACUBO's annual awards recognize individual and institutional excellence in higher education business and financial management and were presented during several association events in 2019—most recently, the NACUBO 2019 Annual Meeting being held this week in Austin, Texas.
 

Private Prison Divestment

BNP Paribas Plans to End Financing of Private Prisons | Bloomberg

  • BNP Paribas SA will no longer finance private prison companies, joining a wave of banks pulling out of the business amid criticism of the conditions in U.S. detention facilities.

Anti-ICE Activists Target PNC Bank For Funding Private Detention Centers | Pacific Standard

  • Activists hope to pressure banks like PNC to cease financing for-profit prisons, such as CoreCivic, which house immigrant detainees for ICE, and which experts estimate PNC finances with over $100 million of revolving credit.
 

Fossil Fuel Divestment

California Colleges Are on the Verge of Ditching Fossil Fuel Investments | Vice

  • Seventy-seven percent of voting faculty-members at the University of California, which has ten campuses throughout the state, agreed earlier this month "to divest the university's endowment portfolio of all investments in the 200 publicly-traded fossil fuel companies with the largest carbon reserves." It's now up to the University Regents to decide whether to act on the proposal.

UC San Diego Academic Senate Votes in Favor of Fossil Fuel Divestment | The Triton

  • The UC San Diego Academic Senate has approved the Fossil Fuel Memorial, calling on the University of California to divest from fossil fuels.  The memorial urges the UC Board of Regents to divest all of the UC system’s current investments in the 200 fossil fuel companies with the largest carbon reserves, identified in a list compiled by the Fossil Free Index. Three percent of the UC system’s public equity holdings currently belong to fossil fuel companies.
 

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Calendar of Upcoming Events

IEN Events:

IEN Webinar: Integrating ESG Options into Higher Ed Retirement Plans | Intentional Endowments Network, July 30, 2019, 1-2pm EDT (webinar)

Community Impact Investing Roundtable 2019 | Intentional Endowments Network, September 6, 2019, Berkeley, CA

2020 Higher Education Climate Leadership Summit | Intentional Endowments Network and Second Nature, February 23-25, 2020, Atlanta, GA. Provide input to shape the agenda here, or propose a session topic here!

Other Events:

Investment Risks & Opportunities in Our Food Systems | BASIC and FAIRR, July 23, 2019, 6-7:15pm, New York

2019 Opportunity Zone Expo New York and Chicago | Opportunity Zone Expo, August 9, 2019, New York, NY and August 12, 2019, Chicago, IL. Interested members should contact kaede@intentionalendowments.org to receive a $50 discount link for IEN Member registration.

RISE Community Forum on Racial Justice & Climate Change | Return on Investment & Social Equity, August 22, 2019, 4 - 6:30pm, San Francisco, CA

2019 Family Office Impact Summit | United Nations, September 5, 2019, New York, NY. Family office members of IEN are eligible for discounted registration.

Getting Gender Smart: Impact Investing with a Gender Lens | Duke Fuqua School of Business, September 9-11, 2019, Durham, North Carolina

Financing the Future: The Global Climate Divest-Invest Summit | Divest Invest, Fossil Free SA, Global Catholic Climate Movement, GreenFaith, PACJA, Shine, Wallace Global Fund, and 350, September 10-11, 2019, Cape Town, South Africa

Impact Investing: Driving Social Purpose Through Measurable Investment Returns | Skytop Strategies, September 17, 2019, Boston, MA. Interested members should contact nicole@intentionalendowments.org to access a 15% off registration IEN Member discount code.

Sustainable Investment Forum North America 2019 | UN Environment Programme Finance Initiative, September 25, 2019, New York, NY (Climate Week)

GIIN Investor Forum | GIIN, October 2-3, 2019, Amsterdam, Netherlands. Interested members should contact hannah@intentionalendowments.org to access a 15% off registration IEN Member discount code.

Color of Education Summit | Public School Forum of NC, The Samuel DuBois Cook Center on Social Equity, and Policy Bridge at Duke University’s Sanford School of Public Policy, October 26, 2019, Raleigh, NC

2019 AASHE Conference & Expo: Co-Creating a Sustainable Economy | AASHE, October 27-30, 2019, Spokane, WA

21st Annual Endowment and Foundation Forum | Opal, November 7-8, 2019, Boston, MA

2nd Impact Summit America | Phenix Capital, November 14, 2019, New York, NY. Asset owner IEN members are eligible for complementary registration.

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