As we reflect on the importance of Juneteenth, we want to share with you some of the ways we’re honoring Juneteenth at IEN, and also ways investors can prioritize racial equity and environmental justice. Below, read about:
- Our upcoming Juneteenth webinar on the power of reparations and reparative finance to undo systemic harm;
- A recent JEDI quarterly call, featuring 4 powerful presentations from racial equity professionals and;
- The recent commitment we made at the Racial Equity Leadership Collaborative Summit to advancing racial equity lens investing.
We hope these updates would inspire and encourage you to integrate justice into your sustainable investing work, and we look forward to engaging with you in the coming weeks.
Wishing you a reflective and inspiring Juneteenth!
Upcoming Webinar: A Conversation on Reparations Finance In Honor of Juneteenth
June 28, 12 pm ET
Join us for our Juneteenth season thought-provoking webinar on dismantling systemic racism and promoting racial equity. This webinar will elevate awareness, attitudes, and perspectives about reparations; why they are important; and how investors can play a role in making them a reality.
JEDI Initiative Call Recap
We held our JEDI (Justice, Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion) quarterly call featuring four industry leaders' presentations on various aspects of racial equity investing. See details below
Tynesia Boyea-Robinson, President and CEO at CapEQ, presented on the The Investor Blueprint, a tool kit that outlines the full scope of what it means to invest equitably and setting the norms for all investing to be equitable.
Kendall Bedford, Impact Fellow at SustainVC, shared her personal experience and research on DEI within the impact focused private market investing
George Suttles, Executive Director at the Commonfund Institute presented on the mission of the Commonfund Institute and his strategy for identifying diverse asset managers including implementation strategies
Monique Aiken, Managing Director at The Investment Integration Project (TIIP), shared on why and how to connect investors’ action to racial equity as an investment risk by reorienting the strategy level from a portfolio approach to a holistic approach.
Racial Equity Investing Leadership Summit
IEN was well represented at the Racial Equity Investing Collaborative’s Leadership Summit in NYC in May. The event was the first time the six investor networks that make up the Collaborative have gathered together in an effort to advance racial equity investing practices.
A number of amazing resources and pieces came from this landmark convention including:
- The six investor networks pledge to discuss innovative efforts to invest with a racial equity lens
- A blog by Enith Williams on private capital’s role in reparations
- A piece by three members of Toniic’s Gender and Racial Equity Working Group on rethinking how we invest with a racial equity lens.
We hope these resources will be valuable to you and your organization as you navigate the importance of racial equity in your work