Duke Community Invited to Share Questions, Ideas on Social Responsibility in University Investments

Duke community members are encouraged to attend an annual forum to bring forward issues of societal concern related to the investment of Duke University’s assets.   Sponsored by the president’s Advisory Committee on Investment Responsibility (ACIR), the forum will be held at 4 p.m. Monday, Nov. 9. The forum will be virtual on Zoom.

The forum will provide an opportunity for faculty, staff, and graduate/undergraduate students to learn more about ACIR’s work and to share their ideas for how it might continue to fulfill its mission.

Attendees are encouraged to submit questions beforehand through the registration link. Participants will have an opportunity to share suggestions concerning university investments and social responsibility at the forum.

Past forums have included discussion of fossil fuel investments and those related to campus change, but it will be open to all topics related to university investments. ACIR chair Lawrence Baxter, David T. Zhang Professor of the Practice of Law at Duke, will lead the meeting.

The ACIR advises President Vincent Price and the Executive Vice President on social responsibility issues related to endowment investments and corporate governance issues relating to Duke investments. In the recent years, ACIR made recommendations bearing on “conflict minerals,” Darfur, fossil fuels and transparency of endowment holdings.  The committee’s reports can be found at the documents portal on the ACIR website.