Environmental, Social and Governance Investing by College and University Endowments in the United States

Social Responsibility, Sustainability, and Stakeholder Relations

Joshua Humphreys, Christi Electris, Ann Solomon, Catie Ferrara

Contributors: Jaime Silverstein, Bryant Mason

July 2012

This study addresses three broad areas of ESG investing activity by US colleges and universities: the incorporation of ESG criteria into endowment management; shareholder advocacy and active- ownership initiatives; and the governance and transparency of ESG investment decision-making. It also highlights the key role that stakeholder dynamics have played in the adoption of sustainable and responsible investing strategies, in contrast to other institutional investors.

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