Columbia’s Advisory Committee on Socially Responsible Investing will hold a community hearing on Tuesday, Nov. 23, from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. in Davis Auditorium (Room 412) of Schapiro Engineering Building. Students, faculty, staff, alumni and other appropriate individuals are invited to present their views on the University’s ethical and social responsibilities as an investor of its endowment.
The Advisory Committee welcomes comments. Those wishing to speak during the hearing should forward an e-mail message to the Office of Shareholder Responsibility (firstname.lastname@example.org) specifying his/her University affiliation, if any, and the specific topic(s) that will be addressed, no later than 5 p.m. on Monday, Nov. 22.
The hearing will be conducted as follows:
- Speakers may address the committee for a maximum of five minutes each.
- Speakers are asked to focus their comments on the issue(s) of concern and to recommend an opinion on the action(s) to be taken.
- Speakers are invited to submit written materials to the Office of Shareholder Responsibility before or after the hearing.
- Presentations may be followed by a brief period during which committee members may ask questions of the speakers to elicit additional information or clarify statements made.
The Advisory Committee on Socially Responsible Investing was established in March 2000 to deliberate issues of corporate social responsibility confronting the University as an investor and to advise the University Trustees. The committee comprises students, faculty and alumni representatives as well as two non-voting members from the administration. Final decisions on these matters rest with the University Trustees.
A listing of public equity holdings in the University’s endowment as of June 30, 2004, and the Advisory Committee’s 2003-2004 Annual Report are available to students, faculty, staff and alumni in Room 510 of the Interchurch Center, located at 475 Riverside Drive.