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Ric regents & trustees

  1. 1. Taking Leadership on Responsible Investment: Opportunities for Colleges and Universities Presented by Montgomery Norton and Tahiya Sultan April 4, 2009
  2. 2. What is REC? • A diverse coalition of over 75 colleges and universities nationwide • We support students, administrators, trustees and alumni to leverage $ 400 billion in economic power!
  3. 3. • Why does it matter? • History of RI • Responsible investment practices • What you can do • Ways REC can support • Case study: University of California Topics Covered
  4. 4. Responsible Investing: Why does it matter? • The fastest way off of the picket line and into the board room • Leads to unbelievable victories in corporate reform and community development • Brings some humanity back to capitalism • Character, Trust, & Integrity • Managing inclusion
  5. 5. Fiduciary Responsibility • "We have always known that heedless self-interest was bad morals; we know now that it is [also] bad economics.” - FDR • AIG CEO, Edward Liddy, testified before the Congressional investigative committee March 18, 2009 (Fiduciary Responsibility to the Tax Payers)
  6. 6. Development of RI • Vietnam War: funds screened for investment • 1977-1985: 55 universities divest from Apartheid South Africa • 2000: Tobacco industry divestment • March 16, 2006: UC divests from Sudan • April 27, 2006: UN Principles for RI • Jan 29, 2009: Social Investment Forum’s letter to Obama (Office for Innovation in CSR)
  7. 7. Question • President Bush signed legislation allowing state and local governments to cut investment ties with companies doing business in Sudan. – A. True – B. False
  8. 8. Answer • True. On December 28, 2007 Bush signed the Sudan Accountability and Divestment Act of 2007
  9. 9. Major Victories • Fall of apartheid South Africa • Home Depot stops selling old growth timber • Nike allows factory inspections • McDonalds agrees to pesticide reduction program • Billions more dollars devoted to low-income housing and microenterprise
  10. 10. Colleges and Universities: The Next Frontier • Mission-driven institutions • Values most commonly cited include: –Ethical citizenship –Support for the local community –Strength in diversity WHERE IS YOUR SCHOOL INVESTED?
  11. 11. Examples of colleges and universities • Bard College uses a resolution to get pesticide reduction program at McDonalds • Swarthmore College got Lockheed Martin and FedEx to start giving domestic partner benefits • Duke University put millions in a community investment fund
  12. 12. …its not just hippie colleges • 16 out of the top 20 US news and world report ranked schools have committees on investor responsibility, including Harvard, Yale, Columbia, Amherst, etc. • Public schools are typically behind • Great way to secure school’s finances, social reputation and improve alumni donations!
  13. 13. Question • Student Regents and Trustees can’t or shouldn’t get involved in activist or student organizing campaigns such as Responsible Investment. – A. Agree – B. Disagree
  14. 14. UC Case Study • Humble beginnings • Collaborative resources • UC Sustainability as a model • Challenges of the UC 10 campus system
  15. 15. What is responsible investment? • Passive Strategies – Initiating corporate dialogue – Filing and voting on shareholder resolutions (proxy voting)  Active Strategies  Screened Funds  Proactive Investment  Divestment
  16. 16. How do we start? • Educate students, alumni, administrators and trustees about responsible investment • Work for more transparency of endowment and investment strategies • Work to establish a Committee on Investor Responsibility • Link up with other colleges and universities • As individuals—look at your own accounts!
  17. 17. How REC can help • Researching the endowment • Sample policies at other universities • Connections to other universities and social/environmental justice groups • Alumni Network • Student organizer programs • Come to a conference—Oct 2-4, Wharton school of business at UPenn • Our website: www.endowmentethics.org • Webinars: www.voicethread.com (endowments) • Student and trustee handbooks
  18. 18. Responsible Endowments Coalition Contact: – Cheyenna Weber, Organizing Director – Phone: 917.930.0123 – Email: organize@endowmentethics.org – www.endowmentethics.org

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