Overall Rating Gold - expired
Overall Score 67.05
Liaison Jessica Krejcik
Submission Date May 26, 2017
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Concordia University
IN-3: Innovation 3

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 1.00 / 1.00 Bram Freedman
Vice-President, Institutional Relations and Secretary-General
Office of the Vice-President, Institutional Relations and Secretary-General
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Creation of the Sustainable Investment Fund and the Joint Sustainable Investment Advisory Committee

A brief description of the innovative policy, practice, program, or outcome:

Concordia University Foundation (CUF) is taking a leadership role amongst North American foundations in announcing the creation of a sustainable investment fund. Initially, the foundation will transfer $5 million of its assets into the fund with the potential to make additional contributions. Sustainable investment incorporates environmental, social and corporate governance (ESG) factors. It is based on the principle of investing in leading ESG companies while excluding those that don’t meet ESG criteria, such as fossil fuels, weapons or tobacco. It also encourages investments that address specific sustainability issues or themes, such as climate change, food or water.

The CUF continues to show leadership among Canadian universities with the creation in February 2016 of a joint sustainable investment advisory committee (JSIAC). The JSIAC includes representatives from the Concordia Student Union (CSU), the Graduate Students Association (GSA), Divest Concordia, the CUF and two faculty members with expertise in the area of sustainable investing. The overall mandate of the committee is to make recommendations to their respective governing bodies on socially and environmentally responsible investment opportunities.

A brief description of any positive measurable outcomes associated with the innovation (if not reported above):

Establishing the JSIAC provides a structure for fostering dialogue on investment decisions in order to advance discussions that promote sustainability. In particular, the JSIAC will explore and exchange on the sustainable investment practices of both the CUF and funds held and managed by the student associations. Based on its work, JSAIC will also provide recommendations on the possibility of increasing the amount of funds currently invested in sustainable investment funds by their respective governing bodies.

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