University endowment funds account for more than $400 billion in combined assets, while pension funds account for trillions of dollars in investments. Recent media coverage of student and activist rallies on college campuses related to university endowments has compared the role of fossil fuel investments to that of tobacco investments in previous decades. Meanwhile, the City of Seattle has just announced an intention to take on a divestment approach with respect to its pension fund.
With education costs increasing annually, and the number of endowments and pension funds applying principles of environmental, social and corporate (ESG) governance in decline, developing strategies for achieving financially practical outcomes while addressing climate related risks is imperative. Please join us a for 1-day workshop in Washington, DC (and available via webinar simulcast) examining practical approaches to tackling this challenging issue.
Discussions on developing short-term and long-term strategies for transitioning to integrating ESG into investment decisions;
Analysis of the fiduciary responsibilities of fund managers and university executives/trustees in directing their activities;
Establishing benchmarks for financial performance and strategies for mitigating climate-related risk in the portfolio;
Opportunities for engaging internal and external stakeholders; and
Strategies for leveraging long-term investments to support current sustainability initiatives.
Blaine Collison – Director, Green Power Partnership Program, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency
Christopher Davis – Director, Investor Programs, Ceres
David Hales – President, Second Nature
Cary Krosinsky – Executive Director, Network for Sustainable Financial Markets
Michele Madia – Director, Sustainability Finance and Policy, Second Nature
Mark Orlowski – Executive Director, Sustainable Endowments Institute
Joanne Zimolzak – Partner, McKenna Long & Aldridge LLP