Since our founding in 1971, our mission has been to enhance the financial resources of our clients by delivering exceptional performance, service, and insight.
billion in assets under management
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At Commonfund, our employees are our greatest asset. As a non-profit organization, we work together to make a difference in the lives of our clients and the communities they serve. Our team integrates environmental, social, and governance considerations into each step of our process. Since our founding in the 1970s, Commonfund has been a leader among institutional investors when it comes to integrating responsible practices into our firm.
Commonfund is cognizant of the challenges associated with sustainable
investment, including data collection, consistency and measurement. Yet, we
remain committed to a three-part sustainability investment process that integrates ESG into the investment process, aligns the portfolio with the mission and accelerates change in communities.
From Commonfund’s earliest days a central element in its mission has been thought
leadership, promulgation of best practices and professional development. A portion of the grant that founded Commonfund was set aside for a program of research and publishing and under the aegis of the Institute, we have greatly expanded our educational and professional development activities.
At Commonfund, employees are our greatest asset. We strive to attract talent from the broadest pool to foster innovative thinking and unique points of view. Promoting a welcoming and safe environment have always been a priority, but recent events have surfaced news ways of affirming our commitment to our people and our communities.
The year 2020 was always destined to be challenging as investors wondered how much longer the global economy could continue to expand. And, indeed, it turned out that economic expansion did end, only not in ways that we would have anticipated. The issue of social justice—injustice, in reality—exploded with clear and disturbing focus. In addition, the human consequences of a global pandemic emerged as a stark and painful reality. Unfortunately, these two sicknesses combined to ravage our society.
In light of these challenges, it is all the more important for institutions and organizations to take actions to address the larger needs and aspirations of people the world over. For Commonfund this is a priority; we seek not just to behave responsibly but to serve as a role model and active leader in thought and action. /p>
We cancelled our annual Commonfund Forum in early March and repurposed our Forum content for our website and used a range of digital media to deliver information and insights designed to help nonprofits deal with the unprecedented financial and management challenges presented by COVID-19. Within Commonfund, in early March we closed all five of our worldwide offices and shifted to working remotely in response to the pandemic.
The mission of the DEI office is to intentionally promote and foster inclusion and equity across Commonfund and our investment process, thought leadership, and professional and organizational development. We strive to:
Foster the inclusion of diverse managers within investment portfolios; Promote thought leadership, focusing on the importance of diversity and inclusion; Serve as the central clearinghouse for information on diversity and inclusion in the asset management industry, and; Provide firm-wide opportunities for professional and organizational development.
We are proud to be a part of an organization where corporate responsibility and sustainability are the cornerstones for everything we do. We are committed to strengthening our culture and creating more responsible practices.