Weekly News Round-Up: September 6, 2019

This week, rested from honoring the Labor Day holiday, network members and peers are gathering for our ESG & Community Impact Investing Roundtable at the University of California Berkeley. Stay tuned for high-level observations coming out of that event, and ask your colleagues in attendance about action items we can take forward together!

If you missed this week’s webinar looking at the evolution of ESG and impact investing as well as the IFC’s new Operating Principles for Impact Management, you can watch the recording here.

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IEN in the News

Q&A Article: Wielding Alternative Debt Towards a Resilient Future | IEN Summer Newsletter

  • In this edition of IEN's newsletter, an original article explores sustainable investing in private debt and we summarize key activities, lessons, connections, and news from the last quarter.

The IFC's Operating Principles for Impact Management - Beyond ESG, Towards Impact & the SDGs | IEN Webinar

  • View the recording of our September 4, 2019 webinar featuring Neil Gregory, Chief Thought Leadership Officer, International Finance Corporation, World Bank Group to learn about the evolution of impact investing and the new Operating Principles for Impact Management.
 

Opportunities for Action

Global Investor Statement to Governments on Climate Change | Investor Agenda

  • Deadline: TODAY, September 6, 2019. Asset owners and asset managers in IEN are encouraged to sign the Global Investor Statement to Governments on Climate Change. To add your organization’s name to the statement, please complete this short form. There is no cost to sign the statement and no further actions are required of signatories. In addition to signing the global investor statement, we strongly encourage you to take action in the other areas of The Investor Agenda: Investment, Corporate Engagement, and Investor Disclosure. If you have any questions or need additional information, please email Chris Fox at fox@ceres.org.

Investor Letter to SEC on Shareholder Rights | US SIF

  • Deadline: September 9, 2020. The SEC has indicated that it will initiate a rulemaking in the near future (exact timing unclear) on Rule 14a-8 that will likely weaken shareholder’s rights. We anticipate that the proposed rulemaking will seek to increase the ownership thresholds necessary to file a proposal and the resubmission thresholds for proposals to gain access to the proxy in subsequent years. We are circulating the attached investor letter and encourage your firm to sign on. For additional background information, you may visit the newly launched website www.InvestorRightsForum.com

Climate Survey | Millstein Center for Global Markets and Corporate Ownership at Columbia Law School

  • This global survey seeks to understand how - if at all - institutional investors and board directors incorporate climate related issues in their investment decision making and their oversight responsibilities, respectively.

ESG Consultant RFP | State of Rhode Island

  • Deadline: September 18, 2019. Rhode Island’s State Investment Commission (SIC) has issued a Request for Proposals, seeking a consultant with deep knowledge and understanding of ESG integration techniques across multiple asset classes. The consultant will support the SIC investment team in developing a strategy for adoption of ESG integration in the investment policies and procedures relating to private assets (equity, credit, real estate and infrastructure) of the Employees’ Retirement System of Rhode Island’s defined benefit plan, subject to the approval of the SIC.

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.

Sign-on Opportunities:

 

New Resources & Reports

2019 Coller FAIRR Protein Producer Index | FAIRR Initiative

  • The Index is the only global benchmark to assess the 60 largest meat, fish and dairy producers globally across 9 ESG risk and opportunity factors. The report finds that 77% of the producers do not measure their GHG emissions. None of the meat and dairy companies have a comprehensive policy to address or mitigate deforestation. The majority are ranked ‘high risk’ for management of antibiotics.

Statement of Purpose Guidance Document | Hermes

  • This brief explains the statement of purpose campaign, which urges companies to issue a statement of purpose to ensure better, more transparent and more socially responsible corporate governance.

Climate Finance Strategy 2018-2023 | William and Flora Hewlett Foundation

  • In this paper, the William and Flora Hewlett Foundation provides background on the approach to climate-friendly investment grantmaking it intends to take, and gives examples of the types of activities and projects it seeks to fund.
 

Sustainable Investing By Institutional Asset Owners

Sustainable Investing at Endowments and Foundations: What It Is and What It Takes | Forbes

  • This article reviews how sustainable investing looks somewhat different for the endowments of universities, hospitals, and churches on the one hand, and private foundations on the other. It lays out seven steps to sustainable investing: Define the span of ESG focus; Delineate the scope of ESG integration; Due diligence; Investment stewardship; Monitoring and reporting; Technology integration; Legal integration.

How We Run Our Money: PGB | IPE

  • In this article, the CIO of Dutch multi-sector Pensioenfonds PGB, describes the fund’s approach to asset allocation, working with external managers, and sustainable investment, including addressing climate risk.

A $20 Billion Fund in Denmark Is Dumping 10 Major Oil Companies | Bloomberg

  • A $20 billion fund in Denmark, MP Pension, is selling its stakes in the 10 biggest oil companies after deciding they haven’t done enough to live up to climate goals set out in the Paris accord. The divestment represents a total of 644 million kroner ($95 million).
 

Sustainable, Responsible, Impact & ESG Investing

(Listen) Applying a Racial Lens to Overcome Persistent Bias in Investment Management | Impact Alpha

  • One investor's bias can be another investor's opportunity. Many asset allocators continue to reflect bias, implicit or otherwise, in their selections of fund managers, according to a recent study. A pioneering few are applying a "racial equity lens" in their asset manager selection to unlock impact, and returns.

Saving the Planet Hasn’t Persuaded Colleges to Divest from Fossil Fuels. Will Saving Money Do the Trick? | Chronicle of Higher Education

  • (Subscription required) Administrators’ typical argument against divestment — that it would betray “fiduciary duty” — is growing weaker as the fossil-fuel sector continues to decline. In fact, divesting may end up saving colleges money.

Do 'S' and 'G' Really Drive Returns? Investors Lack Confidence in Criteria | CityWire 

  • The ‘E’ for environmental has become a focal point as 66% of the professional investors asked said that they believe it is the factor that has the most potential to drive returns, according to the Dutch group’s Investor Sentiment: Responsible Investing survey. In practice, investors pay much less attention to social and governance investment themes than the environmental opportunities.

Why Are Green Housing Bonds Not Getting More Love from ESG Investors? | MarketWatch

  • Greening the entire portfolio of the federally backed housing agencies’ multifamily portfolio could save landlords roughly $20 billion annually on utilities, with tenants saving 20% to 40% on top of that. But there has yet to be a flow-through of those benefits, in terms of better bond pricing or demand from ESG investors for the green agency bonds.

Museums Should Lead in Socially Responsible Investing | Financial Times

  • This article argues that cultural institutions should be at the forefront of socially responsible investing, and that their boards can help. In the past few months, Building for the Arts and Creative Capital each invested in the NYC Inclusive Creative Economy Fund, the first impact investment vehicle targeting low-income communities. In June, the Souls Grown Deep Foundation committed its entire $1m endowment to an impact investment strategy.

Why the Future of Your Company Depends on Its ESG Rating | Forbes

  • A positive ESG rating isn’t just a “nice-to-have” in today’s business climate; it can have an immense effect on a company’s bottom line.

Alternative Investors Split on Importance of ESG | Pensions & Investments

  • Private equity investors were the most likely to consider ESG issues in their alternative investments compared to investors in other asset classes. Of the 177 investors surveyed by Preqin in its latest alternative assets update, 48% said they already have ESG policies in place, or plan to in the next 12 months. Investors in natural resource funds were the least enthusiastic about ESG with only 18% saying definitively that they consider such policies. Hedge fund investors were the most common to reply that they have no formal ESG considerations in place with no plans to do so in the future.

Investors Showing ‘Striking’ Lack of ESG Knowledge, Report Claims | CityWire Selector

  • A report by Swiss group Vontobel canvassed more than 4,000 consumers, finding that more than half are unfamiliar with how to access ESG-focused funds, while others were not even aware such things existed. The UK and Norway, which are often championed as being ahead of the game on ESG, showed limited ESG take-up, while Brazil was found to be the market where this type of thinking was most dominant.

Emerging Market Clean Power Offers Investment Option | Petroleum Economist

  • Institutional investors inclined—or under pressure—to reduce the carbon footprint of their portfolios may be tempted to consider funding the energy transition in emerging markets. Under certain circumstances, the investment strategy can offer a cost-effective means of reducing emissions as well as competitive profit potential.

Primer: ESG | International Financial Law Review

  • This post provides a high-level overview of ESG factors, with links to resources for more reading.
 

Shareholder Engagement

Investors Call for Urgent Corporate and Investor Action to Save Amazon Rainforest | Interfaith Center on Corporate Responsibility

  • Investor members of the ICCR have issued a statement cautioning companies to conduct due diligence to ensure they are not indirectly complicit in human rights abuses including incidents of forced labor, land grabs and egregious attacks on Indigenous communities and human rights defenders though their operations, supply chains or business relationships. Our statement also includes practical, forest-positive measures companies, investors and financial institutions can implement.

Proxy Process Opens Door to Constructive Engagement on Climate | Morningstar

  • Shareholder support for climate-related resolutions climbed to an all-time high of 30% in 2019’s proxy season, with the number of resolutions coming to a vote declining significantly. Those are not contradictory developments. Many proposed resolutions were withdrawn prior to votes because shareholder sponsors and company management teams sat down and had a constructive dialogue, leading to the requested action being taken. Read related coverage from Pensions & Investments: Proxy Season Data Show Big Increase in Accommodation.

Stronger Partnership Needed between Shareholders, Managers | Pensions & Investments

  • Lost in many responses to the Business Roundtable statement Aug. 19 that companies have a "fundamental commitment" to all their stakeholders is a simple fact: Structurally speaking, there are two primary regions of power in a company: shareholders and managers. And both of them need to focus more attention on the social and environmental impact of corporate policies, practices and performance.

BlackRock Pushes for More Face Time on Climate Change Risks | Bloomberg Law

  • BlackRock Inc. wants more face time with companies to talk about climate change. The fund giant is holding more in-person meetings to press companies on climate risks, according to a company stewardship report issued Aug. 27. The number of companies BlackRock engaged on climate-specific topics fell to 207 in the 12 months through June from 232 in last year’s report.
 

Community Impact Investing

How a Trump Tax Break to Help Poor Communities Became a Windfall for the Rich | New York Times

  • The stated goal of the Opportunity Zone tax benefit was to coax investors to pump cash into poor neighborhoods, leading to new housing, businesses and jobs. Instead, billions of untaxed investment profits are beginning to pour into high-end apartment buildings and hotels, storage facilities that employ only a handful of workers, and student housing in bustling college towns, among other projects. This in-depth article explores how the tax incentives came to be, how they are playing out so far, and considerations going forward. A story in Impact Alpha responds to this NY Times coverage: The Opportunity Zones Glass May Not Yet Be Half Full, but It’s Too Early to Call It Empty.

Greenwave Opportunity Fund Launches to Invest, Acquire and Develop Venture Backed Clean Energy Projects Focusing on Real Estate, Energy, and Water Applications | PR Newswire

  • Greenwave Opportunity Fund launches to invest, acquire and develop venture backed Clean Energy projects focusing on Real Estate, Energy, and Water Applications. The fund is authorized to raise $250 million for Qualified Opportunity Zone Businesses.

Opportunity Zones: We’re Doing It Wrong | Forbes

  • This article points to three big risks that could limit the impact of Opportunity Zone investments: (1) Investors are disconnected from the communities where they are placing money, with zero requirements to follow community leadership or in any way include communities in the planning and approval process. (2) There are no explicit development requirements for tangible community benefit. (3) Investors are focused on real estate and ignoring opportunities to support existing local businesses with equity — and are always dealing with implicit bias in investment decisions.
 

Green Bonds

Novel Bond Aims To Boost Livelihoods Of Women In South And Southeast Asia | Forbes

  • In 2017, Singapore-based social impact finance pioneer IIX introduced its first $8 million Women’s Livelihood Bond (WLB), which pooled together a group of impact enterprises to issue a collective bond aimed at improving women's economic opportunity. Now it’s working on its second version, a $100 million bond called WLB2 to be introduced in three tranches.
 

Diversity, Equity, & Inclusion

How to Create a Diverse Board of Directors and Empower It to Thrive | Kellogg Insight

  • Experts Angelique Power of the Field Foundation and Sophia Shaw of the Kellogg School of Management and Northwestern University share tips on expanding your candidate pool and ensuring that new members are heard.
 

Gender Lens Investing

WeWork Adds Harvard's Frei to All-Male Board After Criticism | Bloomberg

  • WeWork Cos. is adding a woman to its all-male board of directors as it seeks to burnish its image before becoming a public company.
 

Sustainable Finance Curriculum

EDHEC and Scientific Beta launch “Advanced Factor & ESG Investing” Research Chair | GlobeNewswire

  • EDHEC Business School and Scientific Beta have announced the launch of the “Advanced Factor & ESG Investing” research chair. The objectives of the chair are to contribute with strong academic research to, and to be able to participate in, the development of knowledge on factor investing and ESG, which are two subjects of strategic importance for the investment industry.
 

Investment Firm News

Boston Trust & Investment Management Company Announces New Name, Logo, and Website | Boston Trust Walden Company

  • Boston Trust & Investment Management Company is changing its name to Boston Trust Walden Company and is introducing a new logo and website. For more than 40 years, Boston Trust Walden has provided tailored investment management services to institutional investors and private wealth clients. The firm is refreshing its brand to reflect its reputation as an investment manager with an integrated, principled investment approach, broad client base, and leadership position in the impact investing industry.

BNP Paribas AM Goes 100% Sustainable | International Adviser

  • BNP Paribas Asset Management has transformed its entire active funds range to become 100 percent sustainable. The company, which currently has nearly EUR 10bn of assets under management, added that its funds range will include 105 sub-funds by the end of 2019, with AUM increasing substantially to EUR 52bn.

Albright Capital Announces Impact Measurement Methodology Focused on Emerging Markets | Business Wire

  • Building on its longstanding commitment to delivering positive impact alongside attractive commercial returns, Albright Capital has adopted the International Finance Corporation’s Operating Principles for Impact Management and developed its own impact measurement system to implement these Principles. 

Good Time to Invest in India with a Long-term View: Mark Mobius | Money Control

  • In this article, Mark Mobius, founder of IEN member firm Mobius Capital Partners, discusses the prospects for investing in India. Read more from Mobius on ESG strategies in this article from Bloomberg Quint.

Amundi Unveils Multi-asset Sustainable Fund | Investment Europe

  • Amundi has announced the launch of Amundi Funds Multi-Asset Sustainable Future, which combines diversified investment management with an ESG approach. Amundi has designed this sub-fund in response to two current issues for investors: the increasing value attributed to ESG considerations in investments and the need for conservative portfolios amidst rising market uncertainty.

Accion Venture Lab Launches New Fund, Quadruples Capital for Inclusive Fintech Startups | Yahoo Finance

  • Global nonprofit Accion announced that its seed-stage investment initiative Accion Venture Lab is adding $33M to its initial capital pool, with the launch of a new $23M fund and an additional, separate $10M investment from Accion. The new fund brings together a group of third-party impact and commercial investors that share Venture Lab's commitment to innovative fintech startups that leverage technology to increase the reach, quality, and affordability of financial services for the underserved at scale.

Credit Suisse Continues to Bolster Impact Investment and Sustainable Finance Franchise through Strategic Senior Hires | Webwire

  • Credit Suisse underscores its commitment to the rapidly growing impact investment and sustainable finance markets with three senior hires in Singapore, Zurich and London. These hires complement Daniel Wild who joined the bank’s Impact Advisory and Finance Department as Global Head of ESG Strategy in April.
 

Economic & Policy Shifts

CEOs Face Pushback over Stakeholder Refocus | Pensions & Investments

 

Climate Risk, Science, and Clean Energy

BlackRock in Amazon: 'World's Largest Investor in Deforestation' | Al Jazeera

  • With $6.5 trillion of assets under management, BlackRock was labeled the "world's largest investor in deforestation" by a new report from Friends of the Earth US, Amazon Watch, and Dutch research firm Profundo.

Australia Says Great Barrier Reef Has 'Very Poor' Outlook, Climate Change to Blame | NPR

  • The Australian federal government says the overall outlook of the reef is "very poor," a downgrade from the "poor" grade assigned to the reef in 2014, the last time Australia released this type of report.

This Is How We Can Feed the Planet While Saving the Ocean | World Economic Forum

  • Industrial-scale fishing has led to 90% of global fish stocks being fished to their maximum. This, combined with added stressors such as ocean acidification, climate-driven coral reef diebacks, microplastic pollution and coastal habitat destruction, is making it even more difficult for our oceans, one of Earth’s primary life-support systems, to produce food for a growing population. This post looks at solutions.

Heavy Carbon Emitters in China’s Belt and Road Network May Put Paris Climate Targets at Risk | South China Morning Post

  • A new report looks at the climate impact of China’s “Belt and Road”  investments in a network of railways, roads, ports, power plants, and other projects connecting China with Asia, Europe, Africa, and beyond.

UBS Chairman: Climate Change Occurring at 'Astonishing' Speed | Yahoo Finance

  • The chairman of UBS has spoken out about the dangers of climate change and called for investors to fund the fight against potential environmental disaster.

Not Just CO2: China’s Efforts on Lesser Known Greenhouse Gases Critical to Stabilizing the Climate | World Resources Institute

  • Carbon dioxide isn't the only greenhouse gas to worry about. Other gases like methane, nitrous oxide and hydrofluorocarbons can have a much more powerful effect in heating our atmosphere. New WRI research looks at what China is already doing—and what more it can do—to limit these pollutants. 

Exxon Poised to Drop from S&P 500’s Top 10 for First Time Ever | Bloomberg

  • Exxon Mobil Corp. is poised to drop out of the S&P 500 Index’s 10 biggest companies for the first time since the index’s inception some 90 years ago, the consummation of a long-term trend of tech titans replacing industrial giants in the top ranks of U.S. stock market.

Shell Leads Big Oil in the Race to Invest in Clean Energy | Bloomberg

  • Major oil companies are poised to do a record number of clean-energy deals this year, with Royal Dutch Shell Plc leading a group of European companies that are well ahead of their U.S. rivals. The data compiled by BloombergNEF underscore the quickening pace of the transition to low-carbon energy among the world’s largest fossil fuel producers, and the scale of the trans-Atlantic divide.
 
 

General Higher Education Endowment News

Rutgers' Endowment will Consider More Socially Conscious Investing in the Future | Daily Targum

  • Rutgers’ endowment, which has grown since 2012 to become worth more than $1 billion, is now considering whether to implement a stricter ESG investment criteria when making investment decisions. While what will be added to the University’s ESG investment policy will not be decided until the end of the fiscal year, the University's endowment investments in fossil fuels — which total approximately 8 to 10% of the endowment — will become the subject of a student climate movement on campus this upcoming semester. The University’s current standard for divesting in an individual business or sector is if it is an unequivocal University-view on an issue, said Tilak Lal, a member of the Board of Trustees and chair of the investment committee for Rutgers' endowment.

University of Maine Endowment Returns 2.7% for Year, Missing Benchmark | Pensions & Investments

  • University of Maine System's $345 million managed investment pool of endowment funds returned a net 2.7% for the fiscal year ended June 30, said Tracy E. Elliott, vice president of finance and controller. The return falls short of the policy benchmark return of 4.7%. The pool returned a net 6.9% for the fiscal year ended June 30, 2018.

‘Conservative’ String Attached to $50 Million College Gift | Las Vegas Sun

  • A $50 million gift made earlier this year to Virginia's largest public university was given specifically to "promote the conservative principles of governance," newly released documents show, raising concerns from critics that it compromises academic freedom at the school. George Mason University announced the gift earlier this year — the largest ever received in the school's history — from the estate of Allison and Dorothy Rouse to Mason's Antonin Scalia Law School.
 

General Higher Education Sustainability News

Repeat Performance | UC Santa Barbara

  • Recognized for its efforts to reduce waste, to follow and promote green building standards, and to invest sustainably, UC Santa Barbara has once again been named a top performer in three categories of the Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education (AASHE) 2019 Sustainable Campus Index.

UD Top Performer in National Association's 2019 Sustainable Campus Index | University of Dayton

  • The AASHE 2019 Sustainable Campus Index lists the University of Dayton among the world's top performers in the categories of research and purchasing. UD is one of just three Ohio institutions listed as a top performer in any category.

Zero Net Energy Powers San Bernardino Community College District | 3BL Media

  • San Bernardino Community College District headquarters have been retrofitted to produce as much energy as they use. As part of the Proposition 39 Zero Net Energy Schools Pilot Program, the district, with the help of Southern California Edison, recently applied measures to reduce its carbon footprint. San Bernardino is the first community college district to participate in the pilot program.

UC Irvine is No. 1 in U.S., No. 2 Overall in Sierra Magazine’s 2019 ‘Cool Schools’ Ranking | University of California Irvine

  • Sierra magazine has named the University of California, Irvine No. 1 in the nation and No. 2 overall in its annual “Cool Schools” ranking of sustainability leaders among U.S. and Canadian colleges. Thompson Rivers University in British Columbia got the top spot. Listen to a podcast about UCI’s story here.

Ball and CU Boulder Introduce Game-Changing Aluminum Cup to Collegiate Sports Fans | PR Newswire

  • Ball Corporation and the University of Colorado Boulder announced a partnership to introduce Ball's infinitely recyclable aluminum cup to collegiate football fans at CU's Folsom Field during the 2019 football season.

America’s Best Colleges for Student Voting 2019 | Washington Monthly

  • The Washington Monthly believes that colleges have a responsibility to inspire students to be active citizens. That’s why it ranks how well colleges encourage their students to vote. These top performers may surprise you. While a few are big-name private colleges, like George Washington University and Brown University, the vast majority are public institutions, many of them lesser-known schools like Michigan’s Ferris State University and the University of Minnesota Duluth.
 

Divestment Campaigns

Students Welcome University of Auckland Foundation's Fossil Fuel Divestment | News Hub

  • The University of Auckland Foundation announced it has committed to moving towards zero investment in fossil fuels. Its trustees, who manage a $224 million investment portfolio, said they will reduce their investment in the top fossil fuel companies down to 0.5 percent or less by December 2020.

Freshman Convocation Brings Divestment Protests, Calls to Action | Harvard Crimson

  • Roughly thirty freshmen raised signs calling on Harvard to divest its endowment from the fossil fuel industry as University President Lawrence S. Bacow addressed their class Monday during Harvard’s 11th annual freshman convocation in the Science Center Plaza. Facing a crowd peppered with orange Divest Harvard signs, Bacow endorsed both student activism and reasoned argument.

'An Uphill Battle': Harvard Students Urge School to Pull Investments that Support Prisons | NBC News

  • Harvard has divested its multibillion-dollar endowment from the tobacco industry and South Africa during apartheid. Now students ask: Why not prisons?

Opinion: Divesting from Fossil Fuels is the Right Move for Alaska Salmon and the Bottom-line | Juneau Empire

  • Last year when more than 400 Alaskans signed a petitioned to ask the Alaska Permanent Fund Board to consider climate change and good governance criteria in the management of the fund, the Board responded, “we invest in companies, not causes.” This opinion piece argues for fossil fuel divestment in part to protect salmon, a backbone of who Alaskans are and a vital contributor to the state’s economy, from climate change impacts.
 

Partnership Opportunities
 
Calendar of Upcoming Events

IEN Events:

ESG & 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:

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

It’s About Time: A Call to Advance Racial Equity in the Investment Industry | Confluence Philanthropy, September 10, 2019 9:30-10:30am PT / 12:30-1:30 ET (webinar - open to members of Confluence Philanthropy, as well as non-member grant-makers and values investors)

Total Impact Family Office and Foundation Conference | ACG New York, Alberleen Family Office Solutions, and Good Capital Project, September 10, 2019, New York, NY. This event is intended for asset owners, including higher education endowments and foundations; agenda themes include Climate change mitigation and resource efficiency; Healthcare; Housing and infrastructure; Sustainable agriculture; and Investing in women. For an invitation to the event, please reach out to IEN.

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)

Regenerative Food Systems Investment Forum | RFSI Forum, September 30-October 1, 2019, Oakland, CA IEN Members can use special DISCOUNT CODE: IEN-15 and get 15% off registration.

Business, Investments & the SDGs: A Powerful Opportunity for Shared Prosperity | University of New Hampshire, October 1, 2019, 12:40-2pm, Durham, NH

GIIN Investor Forum | GIIN, October 2-3, 2019, Amsterdam, Netherlands. Interested members should contact hannah@intentionalendowments.org to access a 10% 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.

GreenBiz 20 | GreenBiz, February 4-6, 2020, Phoenix, AZ

Croatan Forum 2020 | Croatan Institute, April 27-29, 2020, Durham, NC

 

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