What is the Responsible Endowments Coalition (REC)?

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The Responsible Endowments Coalition (REC) is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization that works to foster social change and corporate accountability by building and unifying the college and university-based responsible investment movement. We empower students and other university members to challenge their institutions of higher education to invest responsibly and proactively, in ways that confront corporate abuses—such as sweatshop labor and environmental destruction—and encourage accountability to their communities. REC provides the tools, resources, and networks to help students lead successful responsible investment campaigns on their campuses.

We’re here to help in a variety of ways:

  • Visiting schools to present about responsible investment, help engage with decision-makers, or share ideas
  • Hosting national conferences led by students and professionals from around the country
  • Proposing edits to proposals, letters, and other documents to help frame the issues
  • Assisting in brainstorming strategies for individual campaigns
  • Providing access to template documents based on successes at other schools
  • Mediating or assisting in conversations between students and administrators, if necessary
  • Coordinating joint actions between campuses
  • Connecting students with responsible investment professionals
  • Introducing students to their peers who work on responsible investment at other schools
  • Providing information, technical assistance, and connections to ally organizations and student activist networks
  • Engaging with students after they’ve graduated to keep them engaged with responsible investment activism

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