The Investment Manager Diversity Pledge

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WHY PLEDGE?

Becoming a signatory to the investment manager diversity pledge allows your organization to publicly demonstrate its commitment to diversity and inclusive investment management practices and places your organization at the heart of a community of foundations and endowments seeking to ensure a level playing field for minority and women investment managers. Your commitment acknowledges that hiring a diverse pool of quality investment managers is not contradictory to the goal of maximizing returns or fiduciary standard of care; it demonstrates a focus on finding the best investment management talent and alignment with the mission of community philanthropy by helping to build wealth in communities of color and among women.

The undersigned affirms that diversity and inclusion are important values of our organization. As such, we hereby pledge the following:

THE PLEDGE

  1. An organizational commitment to inclusive investment management practices.
  2. To engage our board, investment committee, staff and consultants in conversations regarding organization values and commitment to diversity and inclusion across all constituents, including investment managers.
  3. To require transparency and accountability from our investment consultant through regular reporting of manager diversity and inclusive practices:
    1. Number of diverse managers actively researched and tracked over the last year
    2. Number of diverse managers recommended to all clients over the last year
    3. Number of diverse managers hired by all clients over last year
    4. Improvements in inclusive sourcing, engagement and reporting practices
    5. Providing constructive feedback in response to manager inquiries and/or rejections
  4. To actively engage with prospective diverse managers through conferences and introductory meetings.
  5. To share our story of developing inclusive investment practices with other foundations and investment professionals.

 

TAKE ACTION

ASSESS your current level of manager diversity
DISCUSS with your board, investment committee, staff and consultants
COMMIT to inclusive investment practices

 

SIGN THE PLEDGE

  • Please write a brief written statement (~150 words) on your motivation for joining the initiative that will be posted on the website.

 

SIGNATORIES

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