The mission of the Harvard College Social Responsibility Trust (HCSRT) is to foster in the Harvard undergraduate community awareness of the impacts and importance of environmental, social, and governance (ESG), as well as corporate social responsibility (CSR) issues, in industry and socially responsible investing (SRI).
With our faculty advisors–Prof. Howard Gardner at the Harvard Graduate School of Education, Prof. Chris Marquis at the Harvard Business School, and Ms. Sherry Deckman, also at HGSE–we hope to demonstrate the importance of environmental and social factors in business.
How will we do this? By forming relationships with stakeholder experts in industry, public sector, and academia who will share best practices and resources in support of the HCSRT’s programs,
By promoting career exploration and opportunities relating to ESG and CSR, including careers in CSR initiatives within corporations, ratings and advisory services relating to ESG and CSR, and socially responsible and mission-based investing,
By encouraging socially responsible and mission-based investing in individual and institutional fund management, and,
By examining and promoting educational programs that will cultivate next generation leaders and supporters of ESG, CSR, and SRI.
Why is this important? As of 2007 about one out of every nine dollars under professional management in the United States is involved in socially responsible investing—11 percent of the $25.1 trillion in total assets under management, as tracked in Nelson Information’s Directory of Investment Managers.
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