Initiatives & Partnerships

Join investor groups and initiatives to access resources, learn from experts and peers, and signal to stakeholders that the institution is engaged in this process. Membership and participation in these various initiatives are complementary and not mutually exclusive. Here is a sampling of non-profit groups focused on investor education and initiatives.


An investor-led collaboration by Ceres, ICCR, and IEN to promote opportunities to invest in climate solutions across a variety of asset classes and strategies.
IEN’s Sustainable Retirements Initiative aims to identify the barriers that must be addressed in order for institutions to provide retirement options that take material ESG factors into account and align with institutional sustainability goals.
The SIILK Network (Sustainable & Impact Investing Learning & Knowledge) is a peer learning network of students, faculty, and staff that are involved in the management and development of student-managed investment funds, as well as the teaching and development of sustainable investing curriculum. SIILK participants connect to share best practices and resources to advance sustainable investing strategies in student-managed funds and curricula.
IEN and the Crane Institute are pleased to support and help administer The SRI Conference Scholarship. The scholarship was started and is coordinated by a group of First Affirmative Financial Network alumni and longtime affiliates, with the goal of offering full scholarships to a diverse group of qualified students and young professionals who are interested in a career as a sustainable investment professional.


IEN is a member of the IAC, which brings together existing networks within the U.S. impact investing ecosystem to interact with and help shape the work of the U.S. Impact Investing Alliance and help catalyze market growth.
IEN works closely with Second Nature on a range of activities, most notably in co-hosting the annual Higher Education Climate Leadership Summit. Second Nature is the coordinating body for the Presidents' Climate Leadership Commitments - a network of over 500 colleges and universities committed to achieving climate neutrality in campus operations and implementing comprehensive climate action and/or climate resilience plans. 
IEN has joined forces with the HBCU Green Fund to launch an initiative aimed at improving endowment investment decision-making in higher education to better incorporate factors related to Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI). The central driving force of this initiative is a high-level Working Group of senior leaders from higher education, the investment industry, foundations, and nonprofit partners. 
Announced as part of the 2018 PRI in Person and the Global Climate Action Summit, this collaborative initiative seeks to support the goals of the 2015 Paris Climate Change Agreement by providing a way for investors to report, accelerate and scale-up their actions. With nearly 400 investors with $32 trillion in assets collectively under management, its launch demonstrates significant momentum in the transition to a low-carbon economy.
IEN partners with campuses, firms, and other organizations to co-host its events.

External Initiatives & Networks

International grassroots effort to raise awareness of the need to decrease carbon dioxide concentration in the atmosphere to 350 parts per million.
Promotes environmental and social corporate responsibility through shareholder advocacy, coalition building, and innovative legal strategies.
An association of over 900 members across 48 U.S. states, 1 U.S. Territory, 9 Canadian provinces, and 20 countries, AASHE enables members to translate information into action by offering essential resources and professional development to a diverse, engaged community of sustainability leaders. Working with and for higher education, they ensure that the world’s future leaders are motivated and equipped to solve sustainability challenges.
Encourages colleges, universities, and other nonprofit institutions to invest a combined total of one billion dollars in self-managed revolving funds that finance energy efficiency improvements.


A non-profit charity that runs the global disclosure system for investors, companies, cities, states, and regions to manage their environmental impacts. 

Learn More: IEN Webinar: ESG Integration & CDP’s Investor Signatory Programs for University Endowments (June 2015)

Engages more than 130 institutional investors to build an equitable, sustainable global economy and planet.
Researches and releases information on the climate crisis and works with investors to employ low-carbon investing.
Institutional investment management firm serving the non-profit and pension investment communities, including an outsourced management practice for endowments.
A non-profit network of over 200 private, public, and community foundations, that works to enhance the ability of foundations to align the management of assets with an organizational mission to promote environmental sustainability and social justice.
An independent institute for advanced social and environmental research and engagement.
A series of initiatives focused on encouraging investors to divest from fossil fuels and invest in climate solutions.
Provides a sustainability reporting framework to help companies measure and communicate sustainability performance information, aiming to make sustainability reporting standard practice.
A coalition of over 300 global institutional investors representing more than $400 billion in managed assets that engages company management to identify and mitigate social and environmental risks resulting from operations and policies. 

Learn More: IEN Webinar: The Investor Case for Human Rights (January 2018)

Promotes integrated reporting of organizations’ financials, sustainability performance, strategy, governance, and prospects in the context of its external environment.
Free educational website that features a directory of over 300 resources and organizations, and a community discussion forum both focused on aligning money and values through local banking, community investing, sustainable & responsible investing, and impact investing.
A network convened by Ceres of more than 110 institutional investors representing more than $13 trillion in assets committed to addressing the risks resulting from climate change and other sustainability challenges.
A commitment made by investors to measure and publicly disclose the carbon footprint of their investment portfolios on an annual basis.
The national membership association for chief financial officers and other business officers of colleges and universities.
Mobilizes financial markets to catalyze economic decarbonization.
An organization that engages an international network of signatories to promote adoption of its Six Principles for Responsible Investment in investment decision-making. 
Organizes students, alumni, university administrators, and the larger college community to challenge and pressure universities to invest their endowments more responsibly.
The University and College Sector’s Collective Response to the Sustainable Development Goals. The purpose of the SDG Accord is twofold: 1). to inspire, celebrate, and advance the critical role that education has in delivering the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and 2). a commitment learning institutions are making to one another to do more to deliver the goals, to annually report on each signatory's progress, and to do so in ways that share the learning with each other both nationally and internationally.
Works to make sustainability a strategic imperative for colleges and universities; the supporting organization of the American College & University Presidents’ Climate Commitment.
Works to establish industry-based sustainability standards for the recognition and disclosure of material ESG impacts by companies traded on US exchanges.
Works to advance institutional responses to the climate crisis, focusing on sustainable use of endowment and operations assets; leads the Billion Dollar Green Challenge, encouraging campuses to establish “green revolving funds.”
Conducts impartial research and publishes reports on organized efforts to influence corporate behavior on social and environmental issues.
A global partnership between UNEP and the financial sector. Over 200 institutions, including banks, insurers and fund managers, work with UNEP to understand the impacts of environmental and social considerations on financial performance.


The Forum for Sustainable and Responsible Investment – a US membership association for professionals, firms, institutions, and organizations engaged in sustainable and responsible investing.
WRI’s Sustainable Investing Initiative advances sustainable investment practices in the mainstream investor marketplace through tailored data, research, and peer-to-peer learning.  

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