Diversity, Equity and Inclusion

As a firm, promoting a welcoming and safe environment have always been a priority, but recent events have surfaced new ways of affirming our commitment to our people and our communities. We take pride in our diverse backgrounds and experiences – inclusive of race, color, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, religion, creed, national origin, age, ancestry, disability (physical or mental), medical condition, citizenship, marital status, pregnancy, veteran or military status, genetic information or any other characteristic protected by applicable law.

Our differences bring us together as we continue to ask questions and learn along the journey.  

Read our inaugural DEI report
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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.

View our DEI policy

Initiatives

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

People

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

The Racial Equity Pledge

Commonfund is signatory to the 2020 Belonging Pledge—A Commitment to Advance Racial Equity sponsored by Confluence Philanthropy, a network of non-profit organizations whose mission is "to transform the practice of investing by aligning capital with community value of sustainability, equity and justice." The pledge recognizes that racial equity belongs throughout the investment process and that change can occur with commitment, goals and measurable benchmarks.

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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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Celebrating Native American Heritage Month: A Resource Guide

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Celebrating Hispanic Heritage Month: A Resource Guide

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Evolving Our Definition of Diverse Managers

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