Initiatives and Networks

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.

Intentional Endowments Network (IEN)

A membership-based association that encourages and facilitates the alignment of endowment investment practices with organizational values, mission and sustainability goals without sacrificing financial returns.


Principles for Responsible Investment (PRI) 

An organization that engages an international network of signatories to promote adoption of its Six Principles for Responsible Investment in investment decision-making. 

Learn More: IEN Webinar: Principles for Responsible Investment | September 2014 



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



The Forum for Sustainable and Responsible Investment – a US membership association for professionals, firms, institutions, and organizations engaged in sustainable and responsible investing:


The Ceres Investor Network on Climate Risk and Sustainability

Engages more than 130 institutional investors to build an equitable, sustainable global economy and planet.


Billion Dollar Green Challenge

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.


As You Sow 

Promotes environmental and social corporate responsibility through shareholder advocacy, coalition building, and innovative legal strategies


Interfaith Center on Corporate Responsibility 

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


Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education (AASHE) 

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.


SDG Accord

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 which share the learning with each other both nationally and internationally.



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