Sunday Afternoon Learning Opps

Northern Trust Corporate Showcase

How Higher Education Endowments are Incorporating ESG Investing

  • Sunday, July 14
  • 03:30 PM - 04:45 PM
  • Austin Conv Center
  • Level 4, 17B
  • FIN


Mamadou-Abou Sarr

Senior VP & Director of Product Development & Sustainable Investing

Northern Trust Asset Management

Chicago, Illinois


Stakeholders are increasingly pressuring universities to consider environmental, social, and governance (ESG) issues in the endowments’ investment policy. Assets in responsible or ESG-related strategies have experienced substantial growth in recent years, driven by growing awareness and interest in aligning values with investing practices and the greater availability of products and services to help business officers meet this demand. Hear the latest developments in the availability and breadth of ESG data, analytics, and strategies that are facilitating greater adoption of ESG in the investment philosophy.

Learning Objectives

  • Articulate the lexicon and landscape of ESG and responsible investing
  • Recognize the drivers behind the recent growth in adoption of this investment philosophy at U.S. colleges and universities
  • Discuss the causality between climate change risks and investment returns