23 Jul '12, 3pm

College endowments lose top grades in sustainable investments

College endowments lose top grades in sustainable investments

College and university endowments no longer lead the practice of sustainable investment. In fact, as a new report from the IRRC Institute and the Tellus Institute points out, many if not most endowments now lag behind mainstream institutional investors, whose uptake of environmental, social, and corporate governance (ESG) investment criteria is growing. Titled "Environmental, Social and Governance Investing by College and University Endowments in the United States: Social Responsibility, Sustainability, and Stakeholder Relations," the report presents findings that are "counterintuitive," according to IRRC Institute executive director Jon Lukomnik. "Historically, endowments were groundbreaking institutional investors that addressed social and environmental considerations in their investments far earlier than others," Lukomnik said. "Our findings indicate that today's endowm...

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