• Resources and Links

  • ACIR's Divest Fossil Fuels Initiative receives shoutout from Bill McKibben (Founder 350.org) during "Fate of the Earth" event (November 10, 2016).

  • Links

    Responsible Endowments Coalition

    REC works to build and unify the college- and university-based responsible investment movement by educating and empowering a diverse network of individuals to act on their campuses and fostering a national network for collective action.

    Social Investment Forum

    The forum and its members advance investment practices that consider environmental, social, and corporate governance criteria to generate long-term competitive financial returns and positive social impact.

    United Nations Principles for Responsible Investment

    The Principles for Responsible Investment Initiative (PRI), supported by the UN, is a network of international investors working together to put the six Principles for Responsible Investment into practice.

    Global Reporting Initiative

    The mission of the Global Reporting Initiative is to create conditions for the transparent and reliable exchange of sustainability information through the development and continuous improvement of the GRI Sustainability Reporting Framework.

    Carbon Disclosure Project.

    This project was launched in 2000 to put relevant climate change information at the heart of business, policy, and investment decisions.

    ACIR Background Documents

    ACIR Initiatives

    Annual Reports

    Student Positions

    Position available at The New School’s Advisory Committee on Investor Responsibility (ACIR)

    The Advisory Committee on Investor Responsibility (ACIR) was created in late 2009 against a background of increasing interest in environmental, social, and corporate governance investing among constituencies at The New School. The committee focuses on ESG (environmental, social, and governance) issues, which include but are not limited to human rights, labor standards, environmental sustainability, equity, diversity, and discrimination. The ACIR consists of two trustees, two faculty members, two students, and two staff members and presents recommendations on investment decisions to the Board of Trustees’ Investment Committee.

    In order to briefly explain the types of tasks that the ACIR has recently been involved in, several facts should be mentioned. In the face of the Climate Change Campaign in 2013, the ACIR engaged in extensive research on how the university could claim a leading initiative by reviewing its investment portfolio and produced a detailed report called “Climate Change Action Plan.” In 2014, the Board of Trustees adopted a Climate Change Policy of fossil fuel divestment combined with investment in environmentally benign substitutes. Finally, in 2015-2016, the ACIR has supported the creation of a tool that will determine the environmental impact, both positive and negative, of investments across an entire portfolio. The result is a comprehensive, consistent, and innovative tool that we call “NS EMIT,” the New School Emissions Measurement Investment Tool.

    Soon there will be two vacant voting seats in the committee. The ACIR encourages interested undergraduate or graduate students to apply for these seats. A student representative at the ACIR is expected to attend the committee meetings every five to six weeks, stay in close contact with the student body through various representational student organizations, maintain a two-sided flow of information between the student body and committee, and vote in all ACIR-related procedures on behalf of the student body. The committee discusses financial and investment-related questions, votes upon them, and makes recommendations to the Board of Trustees. Interest in finance and investment is thus a requirement; prior knowledge is desirable but not strictly required. Being a member of the ACIR will certainly expand your knowledge of financial questions, funding issues, and endowment allocation.

    For application and further questions, please contact student research assistants Marjan Fadavi Ardekani and/or Baki Güney Işıkara.