Duke ACIR Committee to Hold Open Forum on University Investments on Nov. 7

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 2 p.m. Monday, Nov. 7. 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.

Participants will have an opportunity to share suggestions concerning university investments and social responsibility at the forum. Registration is available online, and attendees are encouraged to submit questions beforehand by email, addressed to submitACIR@duke.edu.

“I am looking forward to engaging with members of the Duke community on how the university, through its investment decisions, can be a responsible investor,” said Gina-Gail Fletcher, professor of law and chair of the committee. “I am also looking forward to learning from and dialoguing with students, faculty, and staff on ways in which ACIR can be a useful tool to the Duke community in pursuing responsible investment goals both today and in the future.”

The forum will be open to all topics related to university investments; past forums have included discussions of fossil fuel investments and those related to climate change. Fletcher will lead the meeting.

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

More information about university investments can be found on the Duke University Management Company (DUMAC) website.