Responsible Investment

Responsible Investment

The Columbia Institute’s responsible investment stream helps pension funds, foundations and endowments seeking to incorporate environmental, social and corporate governance (ESG) considerations into their investment management processes. To make this happen, we partner with the Shareholder Association for Research and Education (SHARE) on the following activities:

  • Responsible Investment Education & Dialogue

The Columbia Institute and SHARE partner to deliver a comprehensive Pension Trustee Education Program, which includes courses at the basic and intermediate-level, topical workshops and comprehensive conferences. Our educational initiatives help responsible investment decision-makers with the knowledge, skills, confidence and support networks they need to take action.

  • Business & Reconciliation

The Columbia Institute’s Investing in Reconciliation project brings together Canadian foundations to advocate for robust reconciliation policies and practices in investee companies that reflect the Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada’s recommendations, align with the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples and are informed by Aboriginal perspectives and guidance. In conjunction with SHARE, the Columbia Institute aims to educate investors, corporate boards and other stakeholders on how corporations can and should contribute to reconciliation with Canada’s Aboriginal Peoples, as well as to articulate best corporate practices related to business and reconciliation including respecting the free, prior and informed consent of indigenous peoples.

  • Global Union’s Committee on Workers Capital (CWC)

At the international level, the Columbia Institute builds understanding of responsible investment through its support for the educational activities of the Global Unions Committee on Workers' Capital (CWC). The CWC brings together representatives of the international labour movement to share information, build understanding and cooperation in areas such as pension trustee education, and sustainable investing across the investment chain so that the investment of workers’ capital can yield economic and social value in our communities.

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