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Committee on Socially Responsible Investing

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At the recommendation of the President, and with the approval of the University Trustees, the Advisory Committee on Socially Responsible Investing was established in March 2000 to address issues of corporate social responsibility confronting the University as an investor. The Committee was asked to “set out a specific agenda” for each academic year, and to provide it to the Columbia community during the spring semester. The Committee has developed the following agenda for the 2009-2010 academic year, which builds on the Committee’s first nine years of experience generally, and which specifically reflects discussion of ...
The College is widely known for its alternative curriculum, its focus on portfolios rather than distribution requirements, and its reliance on narrative evaluations instead of grades and GPAs . It is known particularly for facilitating the study of film, music, theater, and the visual arts. In some fields it is among the top undergraduate institutions in graduate-school enrollment: fifty-six percent of its alumni have at least one graduate degree and it is ranked 30th among all US colleges in the percentage of its graduates who go on to attain a doctorate degree (notably 1st among history doctorates), when adjusted for ...
UUA: UUA Moves Retirement Plan from Fidelity to TIAA-CREF
(Boston) The Board of Trustees of the Unitarian Universalist Association (UUA) voted unanimously on May 20, 2010, to secure the services of TIAA-CREF as the new recordkeeper for the Unitarian Universalist Organizations Retirement Plan. The transition of the UUA’s roughly 2,800 retirement accounts (a total of $178 million in investments) to TIAA-CREF will begin this fall, ending a ten-year relationship with Fidelity Investments. The change in companies was spurred by a growing commitment by the UUA to genocide-free investing coupled with its disappointment in Fidelity’s persistent refusal to consider human rights in ... market research, surveys and trends
An Application of the CTICE Community-Based, Service Learning ...
On Wednesday 3/25, we completed a major phase of a service learning project in CTICE’s Science, Technology, and Society class at Columbia University. The focus, this semester, has been on working with the University’s Advisory Committee on Socially Responsible Investing (ACSRI) to draft shareholder resolution proxy voting guidelines for subsequent use by the Committee. The process for drafting the proxy guidelines provides a prime example on how the CTICE community-based service learning model can be applied to different community contexts and issues. CTICE-supported community-based learning courses and programs ... market research, surveys and trends


AdHoc - Columbia University's Progressive Magazine
n October 1985, Columbia University became the first Ivy League school to divest from its holdings in South Africa. The student activist movement at Columbia that culminated in a two-week fast inspired students at other universities to fight for divestment on their campuses. The grassroots movement grew, and eventually a whole slew of large institutional investors in South Africa began divesting, including numerous universities, Wall Street asset managers, and public pension systems. Fast-forward 20 years. A three-year-old state-sponsored genocide is underway in the Darfur region of Sudan. Deaths number in the hundreds of ... industry trends, business articles and survey research
Center for Social Philanthropy
BOSTON — A new report, released by the Center for Social Philanthropy at Tellus Institute, demonstrates the consequences of colleges and universities placing an increasing share of their endowments into high-risk investments, including derivatives, hedge funds, private equity, commodities and other “real assets.” During and after the recent financial meltdown, the influential  “Endowment Model of Investing,” pioneered by Harvard and Yale universities and widely emulated by other endowments and institutional investors, destroyed tens of billions in endowed wealth at colleges and universities, up to 30 percent of endowment ... industry trends, business articles and survey research
Salman Khurshid on Muslim leadership, Batla House encounter
Salman Khurshid, Congress MP from Farrukhabad, heads the Union Ministry for Minority Affairs and the Ministry for Corporate Affairs. An alumnus of Oxford, where he also taught law and jurisprudence, he has twice headed the Uttar Pradesh Congress Committee. Mr Khurshid is also a creative writer and has recently penned ‘Sons of Babur’, a play based on the life and times of Bahadur Shah Zafar and the 1857 War of Independence. In this interview with Yoginder Sikand, he talks about the Indian Muslim leadership, the infamous Batla House encounter and ‘Islamic’ banking, among other issues relevant to contemporary Muslim life in India. ... market trends, news research and surveys resources
California Senate panel kills bill limiting funds' rental investments
The Legislature has killed a bill that would have banned California's two public pension funds from investing in real estate deals that rely on freeing up rent-controlled housing. The defeat of Assembly Bill 2337 in a Senate committee Monday will likely have little practical effect in the short run. The two pension funds, the California State Teachers' Retirement System and the California Public Employees' Retirement System, already have policies banning such investments. But tenants' advocates were angered by the defeat anyway. Dean Preston, executive director of advocate group Tenants Together, said the ... market trends, news research and surveys resources


Reporting on a Fresh Approach to Socially Responsible Investing
From: Moderators Ad Hoc Committee on Socially Responsible Investing. Reporting on a Fresh Approach to Socially Responsible Investing ... technology research, surveys study and trend statistics
Socially Responsible Investing
"Socially responsible investing" (SRI) is a method of investing that is best ...... Special Committee on Apartheid and stated: 'The international community ... technology research, surveys study and trend statistics
Committee on Socially Responsible Investing
On April 13, 2004, in response to a request from the Committee, the Board of Trustees decided that the Committee would be permitted to make public how the Trustees voted on shareholder resolutions recommended by the Committee this year. The Trustees further stated that they would decide whether to agree to making votes public in the future on a case by case basis. In the summer of 2003, the Board of Trustees decided to provide the Advisory Committee on Socially Responsible Investing with snapshots of Barnard's investment portfolio twice a year and ...
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