Diversity, Equity and Inclusion

As a firm, we believe that a diverse workforce leads to higher quality work, better decision-making and greater employee and client satisfaction. The value of diversity, equity and inclusion extends far beyond corporate output. 

Racial and gender equity have important implications for the long-term health and effectiveness of our industry, the nation and the world. This is only likely to increase in importance over time as the percentage of people of color rises and more women are able to participate actively in the workforce due to changes in technology and employment norms, such as working from home. When we encourage and include women, racial/ethnic minorities and others traditionally underrepresented in financial services to come into asset management and rise through the ranks of leadership, not only do we help to change the lives of those people, we broaden the investment opportunity set for investors and, ultimately help to build a more equitable and balanced society at large. 

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The National 2024 theme for the observance of Asian American, Native Hawaiian and Pacific Islander (AANHPI) Heritage Month in May is “Advancing Leaders Through Innovation”. This year’s theme is a continuation of the “Advancing Leaders” theme series which began in 2021. “Advancing Leaders Through Innovation” celebrates the visionaries and pioneers who have influenced our AANHPI heritage and continue to shape our shared future. Innovation, resilience, and a pioneering ethos are fundamental to American leadership. AANHPI leaders have significantly contributed to our nation’s economic growth, technological progress, and socio-political transformation with their creativity and resourcefulness, even while overcoming considerable cultural and systemic challenges.
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Our Mission

In 2018, we created a Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Office to intentionally promote and foster inclusion and equity across the firm and our investment process, thought leadership, and professional and organizational development.

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Commonfund Diverse Manager Portal

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Commonfund continues to build out our diverse manager commitments. We use the same due diligence process for diverse managers as for all other managers with which we invest and selection criteria are also influenced by the expected needs of client portfolios for the coming year.

While Commonfund sources diverse managers from many avenues, one of our key sources has been through our annual Diverse Manager Day and our Diverse Manager Portal.   

As of December 31, 2023. Diverse managers are defined by Commonfund as firms led by women, African American/ Black, Asian, Latino, Indigenous, people with disabilities, veterans and others not captured by this list. They must have at least 25 percent diverse leadership and additionally, have at least 25 percent diversity within the investment team.

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Initiatives

Our commitment to diversity, equity and inclusion (DEI) in action.

Human Capital

Investments

Thought Leadership

Recruitment, Retention & Advancement

Intentional hiring of diverse talent
Leadership training for high potential talent
Financial support for professional designations
Implicit Bias Awareness and Mitigation training

Diverse Manager Outreach

Proprietary diverse manager database
Diverse Manager Portal to expand outreach
Host invitational Diverse Manager Day annually

 

Implementation

Incorporate diverse managers in all searches
Inclusion of DEI questions in manager due diligence process

Partnerships & Collaborations

Collaborate with trade associations, academics, and other strategic partners
Interview, highlight and convene diverse nonprofit and investment leaders

 

Insight

Publications on DEI via Commonfund Institute
Serve as a clearinghouse for information on DEI in the asset management industry

Advancing Gender Equity
in Private Markets

In 2023, Commonfund Private Equity became a member of the Gender Equity Consortium in order to support the promotion of gender equity in private markets. Despite the growing attention towards diversity and inclusion, recent data suggests that there has been minimal progress in increasing the representation of women in senior roles within the finance industry. It is crucial for both individuals and organizations to take responsibility and drive change within the industry.

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We recognize that in order to create sustainable momentum, we must continue to shape and express our point of view—diversity, equity, and inclusion should be advanced in our industry.

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Diversity Resources

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A Closer Look at Historically Black Colleges and Universities

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Celebrating Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month

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Adding Alpha through Emerging Investment Managers

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