The Council on Sustainability and Social Responsibility serves as Haverford College’s committee on investor responsibility. CSSR provides advice around environmental, social, and governance (ESG) investment considerations to the Investment Committee of the Board of Managers. CSSR also has a dedicated portfolio of stocks on which it may vote proxies and sponsor shareholder resolutions.
CSSR receives concerns and suggestions from the Haverford College community related to investment policies and practices. As circumstances warrant, it will engage students and the broader Haverford community in conversation on ESG issues of importance and provide guidance on their application to Haverford's broader investment activities.
In making recommendations, CSSR seeks to carry out its responsibilities in a manner consistent with institutional policies, priorities, and values. CSSR recognizes that sustaining Haverford’s mission requires stewarding all of its various endowments, including the ethical endowment that shapes the College’s institutional character and the financial endowment that allows it to fulfill its mission now and for future generations.
In 2015-16, inspired by student engagement, CSSR convened a community conversation about investment policies around the fossil fuel industry.