Kaede Kawauchi

  • published Endowment Progress 2020 in Endowment Progress By Year 2021-09-27 19:29:32 -0400

    Endowment Progress 2020

    University of Pennsylvania
    University of Pennsylvania announced that is does not hold, and would not expect to hold going forward, any direct investments in coal and tar sands. 

    Georgetown 
    The Georgetown University Board of Directors adopted a policy on fossil fuel and impact investments that is part of the university’s broad commitment to sustainability. Under the new policy, the university will continue to make investments in renewable energy, energy efficiency and related areas while freezing new endowment investments in companies or funds whose primary business is the exploration or extraction of fossil fuels. Georgetown will divest from public securities of fossil fuel companies within the next five years and divest from existing private investments in those companies over the next 10 years.

    Wesleyan University
    Wesleyan University trustees have agreed the institution should stop investing in fossil fuels.The University plans to be divested from direct fossil fuel investments by the end of the decade. 

    Brown University
    Nearly two years ago, the university decided to sell its entire exposure to fossil fuels and to date, 90% of investments in companies that extract fossil fuels have been sold, and the remainder is being liquidated as it becomes possible to do so. No new investments are being made in this area.

    University of California
    In a report to the California State Legislature on the Office of the Chief Investment Officer Diversity, the university described the progress that UC Investments has made in 2019 to further diversity and inclusion as one of the eight pillars of UC Investments’ Framework for Sustainable Investing, which was adopted in 2015. Beginning in 2020, UC Investments will prepare an annual report on their diversity and inclusion (“D&I”) strategy and progress and share it with the University of California Board of Regents and interested members of the public. 

    Harvard University
    Harvard University is setting a goal to have the endowment reflect “net-zero” greenhouse gas emissions by 2050. Harvard Management Company (HMC), which administers the endowment, plans to reach that goal through a process involving collaboration with faculty and other experts to calculate emissions, and careful work with asset managers to examine their portfolio’s transparency and emission levels.

    University of New Hampshire
    In honor of the 50th anniversary of Earth Day, President James Dean has joined 26 colleges and universities in signing the Intentional Endowments Network (IEN) and Second Nature's Call to Action for Higher Education Leadership which aims to accelerate climate solutions in higher education institutions.

    University of Oxford
    The University of Oxford has agreed to divest from fossil fuels and commit to a net-zero investment strategy following extensive student-led campaigns and protests. In addition to divestment, Oxford University Endowment Management (OUem) will engage with fund managers to request evidence of net zero carbon business plans across their portfolios and there will also be a new member of the Investment Committee, with experience of both endowment management, but with an additional focus on climate-conscious investment.

    American University
    American University has fully divested all of its public fossil fuel investments from the endowment. The  Board of Trustees has sold off the final $12.9 million of fossil fuel exposure within the University’s public endowment portfolio. This was done by selling $350 million in commingled and index funds, where the indirect investments were located, and using the proceeds to invest in non-fossil fuel holdings. 

    U of Illinois System 
    The University of Illinois System has invested nearly $160 million of the system endowment into its commitment to sustainability, becoming the first investor in a new environmentally and socially focused strategy launched by BlackRock. 

    University of California 
    The University of California Office of the Chief Investment Officer of the Regents announced in May that its investment portfolios are fossil free after the sale of more than $1 billion in assets from its pension, endowment and working capital pools. At the same time, the office has surpassed its five-year goal of investing $1 billion in promising clean energy projects.

    Cornell University
    The Board’s Investment Committee made the decision in early May to institute a moratorium on new private investments focused on fossil fuels and grow investments in alternative and renewable energy. However, the new policy does not apply to indexed and other public equity mandates, such as the S&P 500. The committee’s vote came after reviewing Cornell’s $6.9 billion endowment — in which it also considered the future of the coal, oil and gas industries and the threat of climate change, according to the resolution approved by trustees.

    University of Manchester
    The University of Manchester has announced that it will end investments in fossil fuel reserve and extraction companies by 2022, and ‘decarbonize’ all investments by 2038. The changes to the University’s Socially Responsible Investment Policy go further than other fossil fuel divestment programs as they include a commitment to reduce the carbon intensity of the overall investment portfolio by 30% by 2022, and then to move as quickly as possible to net zero by, at latest, 2038.

    Stanford University 
    Stanford’s active investment holdings in fossil fuels have declined more than 90% to now represent less than 1.5% of the university’s Merged Pool, the Board reported as it outlined further efforts in support of the clean-energy transition.

    George Washington University
    The George Washington University Board of Trustees pledged to not make any new investments in businesses that derive the majority of their revenue from the extraction of fossil fuels and agreed to eliminate 100 percent of all such investments from its endowment over the next five years.

    McGill and Other Canadian Universities 
    A group of 15 leading universities across Canada, spearheaded by McGill University and the University of Toronto, are uniting to tackle the global challenge of climate change by pledging to follow responsible investment practices.

    University of Vermont
    The university will immediately end new direct investment in fossil fuels, will fully divest from public investments in fossil fuels by July 2023 and will allow pre-existing multi-year private investments, which it stopped acquiring in 2017, to lapse without renewal. UVM will continue investing in opportunities that focus on sustainability, climate change mitigation, and other Environmental, Social and Governance, or ESG, issues. And it will accelerate an engagement campaign with managers of its commingled funds, asking that they factor the financial risks of climate change into their investment decision-making process and share their framework for doing so with UVM.

    David Rockefeller Fund
    The David Rockefeller Fund Joins the Net-Zero Asset Owner Alliance

    University of Reading
    The University of Reading is selling all its remaining investments in fossil fuels and putting its money behind green schemes following the appointment of fund manager Cazenove Capital. The Reading University Students’ Union (RUSU) helped the tender process.

    University of Michigan - Ann Arbor
    The University of Michigan Board of Regents announced Feb. 20 it will pause new direct fossil fuel investments while considering adjustments to the university’s policies on how it invests endowment funds.

    Queen's University (Canada)
    The Board of Trustees unanimously approved the recommendations of the Climate Change Action Task Force, including a pledge to reduce the carbon intensity of the University’s investments.

    Santa Monica College
    Santa Monica College (SMC) announced a new endowment named in honor of George Floyd, the black man killed by police in Minneapolis last month. 

    Cambridge University
    The University of Cambridge aims to divest from all direct and indirect investments in fossil fuels by 2030 as part of the University’s plan to cut its greenhouse gas emissions to zero by 2038, more than a decade before the date set by the UK Government.

    Yale University
    Yale’s Chief Investment Officer David Swensen has publicly instructed the firms who manage the University’s endowment to diversify their ranks — or risk Yale pulling its money from them.

    University of Toronto
    University Of Toronto Asset Management Corporation is one of the three finalists for Canadian Investment Review’s first Pension Leadership Awards in the category of Sustainable Investing.

    Inquiry into the Use of Diverse Asset Managers by College and University Endowments, and Related Diversity and Inclusion Practices
    Congress members send inquiries to 25 colleges and universities asking for information regarding the participation of women and minority-owned asset management firms in the administration of endowment assets. Responses from the universities to the inquiry are available here

    Church of England
    It’s pension board is now fully divested from the oil giant for not meeting key climate criteria.

    University Of Toronto Asset Management Corporation
    The UTAM decided to embed responsible investing across the organization and has implemented a comprehensive approach to evaluating managers, which includes a relevant section in its investment due diligence memos.

    Divestment Update: Four Colleges Announce Partial Divestment From Fossil Fuels
    Newnham, Robinson, St. John’s and Fitzwilliam have all publicly announced, for the first time, that they are partially divested from fossil fuels.

    University Of Oxford
    Lombard Odier and the University of Oxford announced the launch of a new multi-year partnership to foster research and teaching on sustainable finance and investment, with a particular focus on climate change, circular economy and nature.

    World Resources Institute
    This summer, the World Resources Institute’s investment committee approved a new Climate Change Investment Statement (CCIS) with a goal to align WRI’s endowment with the Paris Agreement. To advance this goal, WRI has committed to transition the portfolio to net-zero GHG emissions by 2050 and to prioritize investments that support a just and resilient transition.

    Georgetown University
    Georgetown University released a report in in July of 2020 detailing the demography of their external managers. 

    Warren Wilson College 
    Warren Wilson College released a case study detailing its journey in exploring active ownership as a way to expand the positive societal and environmental impact of its investments. 

    Oxford University
    Oxford University is pushing ahead with its pledge to divest from fossil fuels with the creation of a specific index in collaboration with asset management giant BlackRock. The arrangement is part of the Oxford University Endowment Management’s (OUem) efforts to develop an equity investment vehicle that fits with its aim of removing fossil fuels from its investment portfolios.

    Yale University
    Yale provided an update on the university's approach to climate change and investing


    George Washington University  
    The Board of Trustees Task Force on Environmental, Social and Governance (ESG) Responsibility published a report stating the university’s commitment to taking swift and decisive action to reverse the trends of climate change and of inequity in our institutions and society.

    Lakehead University
    Lakehead University's Board of Governors approved a motion that will see the institution divest from its fossil fuel holdings by the end of the University’s current Strategic Plan in 2023.

    University of Illinois

    The updated Climate Action Plan has encourages divestment from fossil fuels by the University of Illinois Foundation, which manages the endowment with an independent board. The university has already divested its direct investments in coal, and under the new goal, by fiscal 2025, it would divest from other fossil-fuel companies, which currently make up less than 1 percent of its portfolio. The plan, developed by the UI’s Institute for Sustainability, Energy, and Environment and Facilities & Services, also calls on the university to commit to a sustainable investing policy by fiscal 2024.

    University of Guelph

    The University of Guelph passed a motion to divest from fossil fuels, but a last minute amendment leaves the door open for investment in green projects put forth by oil and gas companies.

    University of Vermont

    The university will immediately end new direct investment in fossil fuels, will fully divest from public investments in fossil fuels by July 2023 and will allow pre-existing multi-year private investments, which it stopped acquiring in 2017, to lapse without renewal. UVM will continue investing in opportunities that focus on sustainability, climate change mitigation, and other Environmental, Social and Governance, or ESG, issues. And it will accelerate an engagement campaign with managers of its commingled funds, asking that they factor the financial risks of climate change into their investment decision-making process and share their framework for doing so with UVM.

    University of Pittsburgh

    The board of trustees’ Ad-Hoc Committee on Fossil Fuels appointed six committee members as well as a team of liaisons last week. The committee is charged with studying whether the University should divest its $4.3-billion endowment of fossil fuel investments.

    Rutgers

    Rutgers announced it will further consider a request to divest the university’s endowment from fossil fuel assets. The Joint Committee on Investments of the Board of Governors and Board of Trustees will appoint an ad hoc committee to evaluate divesting from fossil fuel assets, which represent about 6 percent of the nearly $1.4 billion endowment portfolio.


  • published ASBC & SVC in Organizations 2021-09-21 18:51:11 -0400

    The American Sustainable Business Council (ASBC) partners with business organizations and companies to advocate for solutions and policies that support an equitable, sustainable, stakeholder economy. We are a multi-issue, business organization advocating on behalf of all sectors, sizes, and geographies of industry. ASBC and our association members collectively represent over 250,000 businesses across our networks.

    We are coalition-focused in our approach to solving the pervasive and systemic issues of climate and energy, infrastructure, circular economy, and creating an inclusive stakeholder economy, all seen through the lens of racial equity and justice. We are changing the rules by which business is done so it is better for all people and the environment.

    ww.svcimpact.org

    www.asbcouncil.org

     


  • published Marc Tannous in Organizations 2021-09-02 11:05:46 -0400

    Marc Tannous

    As a Managing Director at Silver Leaf Partners in the ESG Practice Group, Marc represents a range of managers and companies seeking institutional capital, primarily in alternative asset classes, whose strategies, operations, and products integrate ESG standards, impact metrics, and sustainability. Marc integrates advisory consulting with raising capital for these managers and companies.

    Marc has served in a range of financial, entrepreneurial, and leadership roles over the last two decades, including over 10 years in commercial banking at BB&T. Prior to joining Silver Leaf Partners, Marc completed his MPA in 2019 in International Finance and Economic Policy, with an additional focus on ESG and Impact Investing, at Columbia University’s School of International and Public Affairs. At Columbia, Marc led several ESG / Impact Investing projects, incorporating SDG goals and a range of ESG ratings metrics, and cultivated partnerships within the industry. Marc has significant experience and training in multi-stakeholder impact program development and management, including strategy and theory of change implementation. Marc earned his MBA in 2005. He is a SASB FSA Credential Holder and holds FINRA Series 7 and 63 registrations.


  • published Net Zero Portfolios in Resource Library 2021-09-01 16:36:15 -0400

    Net Zero Portfolios

    Learning the Basics: 

    Net Zero Portfolios are an effective and powerful way for investors to reduce risks associated with climate change and the transition to a low-carbon economy.  They also accelerate corporate climate action to reduce systemic risk for all investors and to protect current and future generations from climate impacts. 

    A commitment to Net Zero means committing to transition the investment portfolio to net-zero GHG emissions by 2050 consistent with a maximum temperature rise of 1.5°C above pre-industrial temperatures, taking into account the best available scientific knowledge including the findings of the IPCC, and regularly reporting on progress, including establishing intermediate targets every five years in line with Paris Agreement Article 4.9. 

    Social equity is central to the need to address the climate crisis.  PublicationiMarginalized communities, disproportionately Communities of Color, are often the most vulnerable to climate impacts.  To ensure an equitable and just transition, climate solutions must be viewed from a holistic perspective to ensure all communities are protected and have opportunities to benefit from the wealth generated in creating a new economy.   

    Briefing Paper: Net Zero Endowments to Address the Climate Crises and Lead a Just Transition

    This briefing paper aims to provide endowment decision-makers and their service providers with an introductory, high-level overview of net zero portfolio commitments

    See resource

    IEN Q&A: Approaching Net Zero Strategies with a Racial Justice Lens, the Next Investment Frontier

    While many endowments recently announced targets towards net zero portfolios, a growing number of market practitioners realize the strategic imperative to address net zero strategies with a racial equity lens

    See resource

    IEN Curated Resources: 

    Publications & articles

    A library of publications and articles IEN has developed on net zero

    See resource

    Webinars and online workshops 

    Recordings of webinars that IEN has hosted on net zero

    See resource

    Events 

    Access event summaries and panel recordings on net zero

    See resource

    Blogs 

    Collection of thought leadership by network members and partners on net zero

    See resource

    Acting for Impact: 

    Join IEN's Net Zero Initiative 

    IEN convenes and supports endowments in learning about Net Zero Portfolios, making commitments, and participating in shareholder engagement efforts to get portfolio companies onto decarbonization pathways aligned with the 1.5 degree C warming target of the Paris Climate Agreement

    Learn more

    Partner Resources: 

     


  • Social Equity Action Steps

    Learn how to take concrete steps to advance social equity 

    Jump to: Learn | Build Consensus | Update Your IPS | Invest & Engage | Iterate & Share 

     


    Learn: 

    Explore key concepts

    Read through a quick guide to some fundamental concepts in investing for social equity: 

     

    Learn from peer examples

     

    Commit to discussing racial equity at investment committee meetings to have conversations necessary to explore how racial, gender and social equity considerations are key to meeting your fiduciary duty requirements 

    • Sign on to Confluence Philanthropy's Belonging Pledge with committing to " discussing racial equity at our next investment committee meeting. We will move our agenda forward on this. We will share our next steps and results (perhaps privately), so that we can help to identify industry-wide barriers and the technical resources required to advance the practice of investing with a racial equity lens.” 
    • Be a mindful fiduciary by understanding ways in which racial, social and gender equity considerations are central to your institutional mission. Learn more about how this meets fiduciary requirements of care and diligence. 

     


    Build Consensus:

    Investors should build consensus about which investment strategies are most aligned with their unique goals or mission

    Developing consensus for investment decision-making is a collaborative process that can be challenging. As perceptions of race can inform both business and investment operations through hiring and retention, manager selection and risk assessment, investors should consider conducting bias training and diversifying the Board and the Investment Committee to bring in new insights, spur new approaches and expand networks. Consultants who are leading in this work include: 

    • Vernetta Walker & Associates Consulting -Specializes in boardroom consulting, training, and strengthening nonprofit organizations across the globe.
    • BoardSource - Specializes in nonprofit board leadership and supports, trains, and educates nonprofit leaders from across the country and throughout the world. BoardSource provides leaders with an extensive range of tools, resources, and research data to increase board effectiveness and strengthen organizational impact. 
    • Venn Diagram Partners - Specializes in the intersection between leadership development, diversity, equity &inclusion and executive coaching for leading organizations who value the power of leveraging differences. 
    • ReadySet - Consulting and strategy firm that helps companies build more human-centric, inclusive cultures, teams and products. Clients span industries from tech, to nonprofits, to social change organizations each starting at a unique point in their DEI journey.
    • Frontline Solutions - Black-owned consulting firm that serves the philanthropic and nonprofit sectors, working with their clients to build tools, models, and ventures that create far-reaching impact. 

    Please visit our Consensus Building page for examples of how your peers have approached this process. 

     


    Update & Evaluate: 

    Update your Investment Policy Statement to reflect your social equity priorities

    • Draw relevant concepts and language from examples of policy statements that incorporate social equity priorities and factors in the investment process 

     


    Invest & Engage: 

    Engage with consultants and ask your asset managers about their approach to internal diversity and inclusion and how race and social identity is factored into the investment processes and economic projections

     

    Allocate to racially diverse consultants and asset management firms to diversify talent and deal flow and improve the investment’s risk and return profile

     

    Allocate to funds with a social equity investment thesis or businesses that produce products and services that address key issues for communities of color

     

    Engage with companies as a shareholder on issues that relate directly to social equity. If you invest in commingled funds, require transparency from your external managers as to how they engage with companies on these issues.

    • Become an active owner to engage companies you own about their strategies and directions on climate change and social inequality 

     

    Use investor voice in partnership with organizations focused on social justice through investor statements, pledges and public comments to spur collective action

     

    Offer internships in the Investment Office for underrepresented students to aid in diversifying the field, or create a student-managed fund focused on diversity of the team as well as a social equity investment strategy

     


    Iterate & Share

    Disclose information on your strategy and progress to encourage transparency and accountability

    • Communicate progress to your stakeholders to encourage transparency in the finance industry and advance the field of sustainable investing 

     

     


  • published Gender Lens Investing in Resource Library 2021-08-26 22:29:24 -0400

    Gender Lens Investing

    Learning the Basics: 

    Read through a quick guide to some fundamental concepts in investing for gender lens investing: 

    Gender Lens Investing: A Primer for College and University Endowments

    Explores the link between value creation and gender diverse companies; highlights the rising trend of colleges and universities moving towards mission-aligned investing; and outlines a diverse range of tools and investment strategies available to decision makers as they consider the integration of gender lens products in endowments.

    See resource

    Gender Lens Investing Landscape: Barriers & Opportunities 

    IEN approached thought leaders within the Gender Lens Investing space to get their outlook on the associated risks and opportunities, real-life examples of such risks and opportunities and perspective on how gender lens investing relates to environmental, social and governance (ESG) factors, including the gender-climate nexus. 

    See resource

    Gender Lens Investing: The Business Case, Opportunities, and Action

    Panelists explore why we should be investing more in women, how investors can make an impact when it comes to gender diversity, and the role we can play in closing the gender gap.

    See resource

     

    IEN Curated Resources: 

    Publications & articles

    A library of publications and articles IEN has developed on gender lens investing

    See resource

    Webinars and online workshops 

    Recordings of webinars that IEN has hosted on gender lens investing

    See resource

    Blogs 

    Collection of thought leadership by network members and partners on gender lens investing

    See resource

    IEN Working Groups and Initiatives 

    Join IEN's Working Groups focused on advancing gender lens 

    Join group

     

    Partner Resources: 

    Resources from our partners

    Other articles, white papers, and resources on gender equality & gender lens investing

    See resource


  • Action Steps for Racial Equity

    Invest to make progress on racial equity 

     

    Jump to: Learn | Build Consensus | Update Your IPS | Invest & Engage | Iterate & Share 

     


    Learn: 

    Explore key concepts

    Read through a quick guide to some fundamental concepts in investing for racial equity: 

     

    Learn from peer examples

     

    Commit to discussing racial equity at investment committee meetings to have conversations necessary to explore how racial, gender and social equity considerations are key to meeting your fiduciary duty requirements 

    • Sign on to Confluence Philanthropy's Belonging Pledge with committing to " discussing racial equity at our next investment committee meeting. We will move our agenda forward on this. We will share our next steps and results (perhaps privately), so that we can help to identify industry-wide barriers and the technical resources required to advance the practice of investing with a racial equity lens.” 
    • Be a mindful fiduciary by understanding ways in which racial, social and gender equity considerations are central to your institutional mission. Learn more about how this meets fiduciary requirements of care and diligence. 

     


    Build Consensus:

    Investors should build consensus about which investment strategies are most aligned with their unique goals or mission

    Developing consensus for investment decision-making is a collaborative process that can be challenging. As perceptions of race can inform both business and investment operations through hiring and retention, manager selection and risk assessment, investors should consider conducting bias training and diversifying the Board and the Investment Committee to bring in new insights, spur new approaches and expand networks. Consultants who are leading in this work include: 

    • Vernetta Walker & Associates Consulting -Specializes in boardroom consulting, training, and strengthening nonprofit organizations across the globe.
    • BoardSource - Specializes in nonprofit board leadership and supports, trains, and educates nonprofit leaders from across the country and throughout the world. BoardSource provides leaders with an extensive range of tools, resources, and research data to increase board effectiveness and strengthen organizational impact. 
    • Venn Diagram Partners - Specializes in the intersection between leadership development, diversity, equity &inclusion and executive coaching for leading organizations who value the power of leveraging differences. 
    • ReadySet - Consulting and strategy firm that helps companies build more human-centric, inclusive cultures, teams and products. Clients span industries from tech, to nonprofits, to social change organizations each starting at a unique point in their DEI journey.
    • Frontline Solutions - Black-owned consulting firm that serves the philanthropic and nonprofit sectors, working with their clients to build tools, models, and ventures that create far-reaching impact. 

    Please visit our Consensus Building page for examples of how your peers have approached this process. 

     


    Update & Evaluate: 

    Update your Investment Policy Statement to reflect your racial equity priorities

    • Draw relevant concepts and language from examples of policy statements that incorporate racial equity priorities and factors in the investment process 

     


    Invest & Engage: 

    Engage with consultants and ask your asset managers about their approach to internal diversity and inclusion and how race and social identity is factored into the investment processes and economic projections

     

    Allocate to racially diverse consultants and asset management firms to diversify talent and deal flow and improve the investment’s risk and return profile

     

    Allocate to funds with a racial equity investment thesis or businesses that produce products and services that address key issues for communities of color

     

    Engage with companies as a shareholder on issues that relate directly to racial equity. If you invest in commingled funds, require transparency from your external managers as to how they engage with companies on these issues.

    • Become an active owner to engage companies you own about their strategies and directions on climate change and racial inequality 

     

    Use investor voice in partnership with organizations focused on racial justice through investor statements, pledges and public comments to spur collective action

     

    Offer internships in the Investment Office for underrepresented students to aid in diversifying the field, or create a student-managed fund focused on diversity of the team as well as a racial equity investment strategy

     


    Iterate & Share

    Disclose information on your strategy and progress to encourage transparency and accountability

    • Communicate progress to your stakeholders to encourage transparency in the finance industry and advance the field of racial equity investing 

  • published Investing in Racial Equity in Resource Library 2021-08-26 21:27:10 -0400

    Investing in Racial Equity

    Learning the Basics: 

    Read through a quick guide to some fundamental concepts in investing for racial equity: 

    Investing in Racial Equity: A Primer for University & College Endowments

    Intended to be a catalyst for conversation and action on racial equity for fiduciaries of university endowments and provide a roadmap for endowments at different points in their journey on next steps.

    See resource

    How Investments Drive Injustice and What Investors Can Do About It 

    Transform Finance presents an approach to action across all holdings for investors concerned with racial justice. 

    See resource

    Capital at Crossroads: Accelerating Racial Equity Investing Across Asset Classes

    REEFS offers a synopsis of the evolution from community development and ESG investing to the emergence of investing explicitly with a racial equity lens, proposes a definition for racial equity investing, and presents emerging opportunities across asset classes for investors.

    See resource

    Investing to Advance Racial Equity

    Cornerstone Capital's report on how investors can contribute to the narrowing of economic disparities by investing in communities of color.

    See resource

    Racial Equity Investing: The Time Is Now

    Cambridge Associates highlights puts forward three actions investors can take to address the inequities inherent in our society.

    See resource

    Racial Equity Investing: Opportunities for Impact & Alpha

    Glenmede's paper reports on the state of the racial equity investing market in the U.S. with a specific focus on investments that aim to provide competitive, market-rate returns. 

    See resource

     

    IEN Curated Resources: 

    Publications & articles

    A library of publications and articles IEN has developed on racial equity 

    See resource

    Webinars and online workshops 

    Recordings of webinars that IEN has hosted on racial equity 

    See resource

    Events 

    Access event summaries and panel recordings on racial equity 

    See resource

    Blogs 

    Collection of thought leadership by network members and partners on racial equity 

    See resource

    IEN Working Groups and Initiatives 

    Join IEN's Working Groups focused on advancing racial equity 

    Join group

    Act for Impact:

    Take Action on Racial Equity

    See what investors can do to take action on racial equity

    See action steps


  • published EIRIS Conflict Risk Network in Organizations 2021-06-30 14:22:52 -0400

     


     

    EIRIS Conflict Risk Network, EIRIS Conflict Risk Network, an EIRIS Foundation initiative, is a U.S.-based organization whose purpose is to help investors and companies ensure that they are not exacerbating conflict but actively taking steps to support peace and stability.

    EIRIS CRN seeks to empower institutional investors, financial service providers, and other engaged stakeholders by providing them with the tools needed to not only detect exposure to areas affected by conflict but also to work with companies to reduce risks relating to conflict through responsible corporate practices that support peace and stability. By operating as an intermediary between companies and concerned investors, EIRIS CRN is in a unique position to harnesses the collective weight of trillions of dollars in assets to incentivize companies with operations in areas affected by conflict to act upon their duties under respected international standards and ensure they are actively taking steps needed to ensure their operations support peace and stability. Though ambitious, through our work, and with the constant support of our engaged subscribers, we aim to reduce the devastating impact that war can have on local communities.

    Moreover, bolstered by its recent transfer to the EIRIS Foundation, a UK-registered charity with over 30 years of experience working to increase the impact of responsible investment, EIRIS CRN is in a stronger position than ever to leverage the combined research experience of both units to analyze and advocate responsible, conflict-sensitive company policy globally.


  • published GSSG Solar in Organizations 2021-06-29 19:02:54 -0400

     

    GSSG Solar, founded in 2013, is committed to being the world’s premier solar-only investment firm, and we understand that achieving this goal is rooted in generating trust and alignment with, and ultimately superior returns for our investors, project partners and local communities.

    Our world-class team have spent over a decade together evaluating and investing in solar PV projects. We have applied fundamental analysis, structural optimization, creativity, determination, and oversight to each project.

    We manage three funds that invest in solar projects to generate long-term capital appreciation on behalf of a blue-chip group of investors.

    Since inception, we have invested in over 500MW of solar projects located in Japan, Taiwan and the U.S.

    www.gssgsolar.com


  • published Natixis Racial Equity Portfolio in Past Webinars 2021-04-28 17:49:35 -0400

    IEN Webinar - The Ins and Outs of Designing a Racial Equity Portfolio

    Date: May 13, 2021, 1-2pm ET 

    How can investors be part of a solution to racial equality? Come join us for an introduction to Natixis AIA Racial Equity Portfolios, developed in partnership with JUST Capital and Anthony Rust, Consultant and IEN Board Member, aiming to avoid or divest from companies that cause, contribute to, exploit or profit from racial injustice.

    Investors have a key role to play to bring about racial equity by steering capital towards companies that embrace diversity, equity and inclusion (DEI). A growing body of evidence also points to how companies that are leaders in DEI outperform their peers. Natixis will speak to how they relied on the expertise of NGOs and advocacy organizations to align themselves to the realities of our changing society and identified opportunities that came with this broadened scope of analysis that’s overlooked by many investors.

    Through this webinar, participants will come away with an understanding of:

    • Why investing in companies that incorporate DEI and away from companies with business models that perpetuate racial inequities make financial sense
    • What an approach that focuses on investing in companies that factor in the economic power of underrepresented populations looks like in practice
    • How you can be a more socially conscious investor too

     

    Speakers:

    • Victor Howell, Vice President, Natixis Investment Managers
    • Lorraine Spradley Wilson, Managing Director, Investment Products, JUST Capital
    • Anthony Rust, Consultant / IEN Board Member

     

    Recording:

     

    Resources:

     


  • published Transform Finance in Organizations 2021-04-19 10:49:38 -0400

     

    Transform Finance envisions a world where capital is aligned with social justice values and is accessible to activists and community leaders as a tool for transformative social change. We empower community leaders to shape how capital flows affect them – both in terms of holding capital accountable and having a say in its deployment – by demystifying finance and building capacity for community-centered initiatives, support investors committed to deepening their impact investment practice to adopt transformative approaches and demonstrate the viability of the approach via education, concrete tools and strategies, and overall guidance, and foster a new discourse and collaboration between the two.

    http://transformfinance.org/

     

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  • published Bay Street Capital in Organizations 2021-03-25 14:03:05 -0400

    Bay Street Capital Holdings is an independent investment advisory, wealth management, and financial planning firm headquartered in Palo Alto, CA. Bay Street invests through the lens of history, ensuring that we are on the right side of future change. To that end, we take a stringent, rule-based approach to all investments and are overweight in renewable energy and technology. Our ultimate goal is to add value for our clients by investing in companies that will outperform the market, regardless of market conditions.

    www.baystreetcapitalholdings.com


  • Look Under The Hood and Demand More - Investing With a Racial Equity Lens

    Thursday, April 22, 2021, 10 AM-12 PM (Hosted in partnership with Philanthropy New York)

    We know that racial disparities exist in a multitude of areas (e.g., homeownership, workplace advancement, health, and education, etc.), as well as the degree to which these disparities pose a risk to our economy and society. Addressing race equity and justice in philanthropy can – and must – take many forms, from our grantmaking portfolios, to our application and reporting requirements, to how we evaluate ourselves and our grantees. The manner in which our endowments are invested is another critical lens through which philanthropy should consider its commitment to race equity. The field of mission-aligned, or ESG (environmental, social and governance), investing has matured tremendously in recent years. A growing number of foundations are making the commitment to 100% mission- and values-aligned investing as part of their overall commitment to address race inequity and injustice. Join both funders and investment managers for a discussion on how we can get started in investing with a more racially equitable lens.

     

    Explore

    • Findings from Intentional Endowments Network's recent report, Investing in Racial Equity: A Primer for University & College Endowments, which can be a blueprint for philanthropy

    • The impact of racial inequality to the long-term sustainability of our economy

    • What practical steps asset managers can take to invest in racial equity

    • The variety of resources and partners available to support this work

    • Case studies of funders who have started on this journey

     

    Speakers

    Opening Remarks

    Panel

    What to expect: presentation followed by breakout discussions.

     

    Registration

    If you are an IEN endowment or foundation member interested in joining this session, please contact Kaede at [email protected]


  • Webinar: Incorporating Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI) Factors in the Investment Process

    Date:  November 14, 2018, 11:45 a.m. ET

    This webinar will be a high level overview on how investors can incorporate diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) factors at various levels of the investment process. Panelists introduced the basics of DEI, why DEI consideration is important, and the various ways an institutional investor can consider DEI issues. 

     

     

    Presenters:

    • Anthony Rust, Chair of the Investment Committee, Warren Wilson College; Impact Fund Manager, BEI Business Equity Fund
    • Justin Wilson, Director, Diverse Asset Managers Initiative
    • Julianne Zimmerman, Managing Director, Reinventure Capital
    • Moderator: Kaede Kawauchi, Program Manager, Intentional Endowments Network

     

     

     


  • IEN Webinar: All Investments Affect Racial (In)justice

    This webinar is part of IEN's Investing in Racial Equity Series

    Date: December 15, 2020, 1:00 p.m. ET

    It is abundantly clear how investments in private prisons, or lack of investments for entrepreneurs of color, affect racial justice outcomes. But what about all the other investments in a portfolio? In this session led by Andrea Armeni, Co-Founder and Executive Director of Transform Finance, we will focus on some of the more difficult-to-see ways in which endowments are inextricably linked to outcomes that negatively affect communities of color. Transform Finance, along with other experts in the field, will lead us into conversation to argue that capital has a long way to go in being a true ally – or even just not being a source of harm – for communities of color, and this starts with identifying where race shows up in a portfolio in less obvious ways. Panelists will provide a look at some examples that tie seemingly neutral investment decisions to harmful practices that exacerbate issues like the racial wealth gap, job quality, education, housing, and health. We will discuss some of the real actions investors can take – and also try to get some ideas from the audience on obstacles to this approach.

    Speakers:

    • Andrea Armeni, Co-Founder and Executive Director of Transform Finance
    • Lisa Hayles, Investment Manager at Trillium Asset Management
    • Renaye Manley, Board Member of Majority Action, the Council of Institutional Investors, and the Thirty Percent Coalition 

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  • published Investing in Social Equity in IEN's Focus Areas 2021-01-05 13:23:43 -0500

    Investing in Social Equity

     

    Topics

    Select the topic that you're interested in learning more about and browse through the list of curated resources on social equity investing.

     

    Community Investing

    Highlights place based investing strategies, peer examples and opportunities for action

    List of resources

    Gender Lens Investing

    Resources to learn more about the business case for gender lens investing and available strategies 

    List of resources

    Racial Equity Investing 

    Library of resources on racial equity investing and emerging investment opportunities 

    List of Resources

    Climate Justice Investing 

    Designed to provide resources on investor actions to advance climate justice 

    List of resources

    Setting Your Goals & Acting for Impact

    Social Equity Goals

    Suggested goals that endowments, consultants, managers and companies can set to advance social equity

    See goals

    Social Equity Action Steps

    Learn how to take concrete steps to advance social equity

    See action steps

    Engage with IEN 

    Join a Working Group

    Participate in our Working Groups to help shape and develop the thought leadership on social equity investing 

    See groups

    Join an Online Community 

    Sign up to engage in an active discussion through our listservs or receive updates on the latest developments 

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  • published Impact Shares in Organizations 2020-12-18 10:29:39 -0500

    Impact Shares

    At Impact Shares we invest in change. It’s why we’re committed to changing the world of impact investing, one socially conscious ETF at a time. At Impact Shares, we help organizations translate their social values into an investable product that is traded on the NYSE. Being a part of our ETFs means committing to an evolving set of criteria, defined by our non-profit partners, to ensure ongoing alignment of corporate behaviors with social values. With all net profits going directly back to these non-profit partners, together we’re making money go farther and do more. Creating an impact that is both reflected in portfolios and felt in the world all around us.

      

    www.impactshares.org/ 

     

     

     


  • published Mission and Vision in About 2020-10-01 14:29:17 -0400

    The Leading Mission-Aligned Investing Network for Higher Education and Other Endowed Institutions

    Our vision is that all endowed institutions mobilize capital to create a world where all people thrive with equal access to personal and economic opportunity.

    Our economic system's prioritization of short-term returns over long-term value creation has exacerbated the issues of climate change, racial injustice, and widening economic inequality. Intentional Endowments Network encourages and supports higher education institutions to adopt long-term investment strategies that create an equitable, low-carbon, and regenerative economy.

    We believe that higher education institutions are influential actors with power to drive systemic change - to benefit themselves and society as a whole.

    Higher education and other social purpose institutions are making critical choices every day about how to operate in a society and economy facing multiple intersecting crises. The higher education sector  educates 20 million students per year in the US, who are society’s future leaders and professionals. It helps solve current problems, anticipate tomorrow’s challenges, and serve as a model in all of its actions, including endowment investing. 

    Our goal is for the 2,000 higher education institutions, totaling $650 billion in endowment assets and $890 billion in retirement funds, to invest in ways that accelerate the shift to an equitable, low carbon, and regenerative economy. We are also working to ensure higher education institutions develop the next generation of leaders committed to this type of economy through student managed investment funds and sustainable investing curriculum.


    About the Intentional Endowments Network

    The Intentional Endowments Network is a non-profit, peer-learning network advancing intentionally designed endowments – those that seek to enhance financial performance by making investments that advance an equitable, low carbon, and regenerative economy. Working closely with leading organizations, the network engages leaders and key stakeholders from higher education, foundations, business, and nonprofits. It provides opportunities for learning and education, peer networking, convening, thought leadership and information exchange around a variety of strategies (e.g., ESG integration, impact investing, and shareholder engagement). 

    Read about IEN's history.


    Demonstrate and advance your leadership in creating a low-carbon, regenerative, and equitable economy by becoming a member of the Intentional Endowments Network today.


    IEN is an initiative of The Crane Institute of Sustainability, a tax-exempt 501(c)(3) non-profit. 

    For more on what the Network has accomplished, see IEN's Latest Impact Report.

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     


  • Investor Racial Equity Pledge

    Call for IEN Members to Sign On to the 2020 Belonging Pledge – A Commitment to Advance Racial Equity 

    IEN is pleased to partner with Confluence Philanthropy to support the 2020 Belonging Pledge.  Please see the details below, and consider making this easy but powerful commitment to put racial equity on the agenda of your next investment committee meeting.  For individuals who attended college or university, please consider sending this opportunity to your alma mater's investment office. 

     

    BACKGROUND: 

    The events of spring 2020 will be chronicled as the next milestone in the fight for racial justice and equality.  A global pandemic, resulting in unemployment for 40 million Americans, followed by yet another brutal death at the hands of police officers set off a wave of protests and civil unrest in more than 75 U.S. cities

    In response, Confluence Members and partnering investor networks launched a pledge for racial equity called the Belonging Pledge, #2020belongingpledge.

    The commitment recognizes that racial equity belongs throughout the investment process, in the investment committee meeting, and, ultimately, in how decisions are made about capital deployment. Achieving racial equity is typically presented as daunting, perhaps even unattainable for some minds. But change is possible with sincere commitment, clear goals, and measurable benchmarks. Most importantly, change must begin with a shift in the prevailing racially homogenous culture and exclusivity that ultimately perpetuates racial bias and inequity within the investment industry and investors’ portfolios.

    Read more here.

     

    CALL TO ACTION: 

    “We commit to discussing racial equity at our next investment committee meeting. We will move our agenda forward on this. We will share our next steps and results (perhaps privately), so that we can help to identify industry-wide barriers and the technical resources required to advance the practice of investing with a racial equity lens.”

    If you would like to sign onto the pledge, please email us at [email protected]

     

    SIGNATORIES: 

    We encourage endowments and other investors to join nearly 100 signatories and partners listed below representing $1.78 Trillion in AUM in committing to the pledge and putting racial equity on your investment committee agenda this summer (see full list of signatories). If you would like to sign on to the pledge, please email us at [email protected].

    45North Partners
    Abacus Wealth
    Agility/ Perella Weinberg Partners
    Aimee Christensen
    AJL Foundation
    Align Impact
    Amalgamated Bank
    Arborview Capital
    Athena Capital
    Avivar Capital
    Ballentine Partners
    Blue Highway Growth Capital
    Bonwood Social Investments
    Boston Common Asset Management
    Breckinridge Capital Advisors
    The California Endowment
    The California Wellness Foundation
    Cambridge Associates
    CapShift
    Change Finance
    The Caprock Group
    City Light Venture Capital
    CNote
    Commonfund
    Community Capital Management
    Compton Foundation
    Congruent VC
    Cornerstone Capital
    David Rockefeller Fund, The
    Dietel and Partners
    EcoEnterprises Fund
    EFM Investment and Advisory
    Fair Food Network
    FFI
    Fresh Pond capital
    Generation Investment Management
    Global Endowment Management (GEM)
    Gratitude Railroad
    Green Alpha Advisors
    Green Retirement, Inc.
    Grove Foundation
    Impact Assets
    Impax Asset Management
    i(x) investments
    Invesco
    Jantz Management LLC
    Jessie Smith Noyes Foundation
    Jonathan Rose Companies
    Laird Norton Family Foundation
    Libra Foundation
    Low Income Investment Fund (LIIF)
    The Mary Reynolds Babcock Foundation
    Morgan Family Foundation
    MultiGreen Properties, LLC
    Nathan Cummings Foundation
    New Energy Nexxus
    New U Venture Partners
    Nia Community Fund
    Northstar Asset Management
    Ocean Foundation
    Pathstone
    Penney Family Fund
    Reinventure Capital
    Renewal Funds
    Robert & Patricia Switzer Foundation
    Rockefeller Brothers Fund
    Roy and Patricia Disney Family Foundation
    RSF Social Finance
    The Russell Family Foundation
    San Francisco Foundation
    The Sapelo Foundation
    The Schmidt Family Foundation
    Sierra Club Foundation
    Singing Field Foundation
    Solidago Foundation
    Sonen Capital
    SRI Wealth Management Group, RBC Wealth Management
    Sunwealth Power
    Syntrinsic Investment Counsel
    Terra Alpha Investments
    Tiedemann Advisors
    Trillium Asset Management
    UpSpring
    Veris Wealth Partners
    Wallace Global Fund
    Warren Wilson College
    Wege Foundation
    Wetherby Asset Management
    Whistle Stop Capital
    William Caspar Graustein Memorial Fund
    Woodcock Foundation
    Zevin Asset Management, Inc.

     

    PARTNER NETWORKS

    Impact Capital Managers
    Intentional Endowments Network
    Investor Advocates for Social Justice
    Local Invest New Mexico
    Social Venture Circle
    The ImPact

     


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