Recognizing and appreciating donors who have a deep and primary commitment to environmenetal and social justice, Williams now offers an alternative fund for endowment investment. Donors who create endowments at the standard endowment level of $250,000 or higher may now choose to invest their fund exclusively in an ESG fund.
Environmental, social, and governance (ESG) criteria are a set of standards for a company’s operations that socially conscious investors use to screen potential investments. Environmental criteria consider how a company performs as a steward of nature. Social criteria examine how it manages relationships with employees, suppliers, customers, and the communities where it operates. Governance deals with a company’s leadership, executive pay, audits, internal controls, and shareholder rights.
The new fund will not be part of the college’s general endowment, which is a diversified investment pool overseen by the college’s investment office, but rather invested separately, initially in a fund managed by New York-based investment firm BlackRock, Inc.
The ESG fund shares the purpose of the College’s general endowment – to support and build Williams’ future – and just like a standard endowment can be designated to support any campaign priority of the donor’s choosing. Please note: the return on the ESG fund will be based solely on this individual fund’s performance which will vary from the general endowment’s performance.
Alumni Fund donors for whom sustainability is a priority may also designate their gifts specifically toward initiatives that help reduce the college’s carbon footprint while teaching today’s Ephs to build a more sustainable future.
If you would like to learn more about establishing an ESG fund endowment at Williams please contact a senior development officer or the Director of Development’s office at 413 597-4544.