Useful links to information about our key policies and protocols.
- Investment Policy
Sidney Sussex College holds investments in securities and commercial property (principally retail units in Central Cambridge). This investment income is essential for the College’s viable operation as an educational charity and therefore it has a fiduciary duty to maximise income in order to support its charitable purposes.
Within this context, the College takes into account social responsibility and ethical considerations in determining how to invest in securities and has recently updated its Investment Policy to ensure an enhanced emphasis on environmental, social and governance (ESG) considerations.
The College’s securities portfolio consists of passive index tracker funds, and a small holding in the Charities Property Fund. From time to time the College receives directly held shares as part of a donation or legacy, and has set out its commitment to liquidating such holdings where possible, and reinvesting the proceeds in pooled funds. Where the College has held direct investments for historical reasons it has actively sought to sell these, and so does not hold direct investments in companies involved in fossil fuels or tobacco, nor has any intention of directly investing in such companies in the future.
The College aims to appoint investment managers with ambitious shareholder engagement goals. The default position is to expect managers to vote in favour of ESG shareholder resolutions, or explain deviations. The College will terminate relationships with investment managers whose voting records do not align with the College’s policy.
Furthermore, where the College sees an opportunity to influence public discourse, it will work, within its fiduciary responsibilities, to effect such change. The College is currently reviewing its strategic asset allocation with this aim in mind, and is working with its investment managers to invest in pooled funds with superior ESG credentials.
Additionally, the College expects its bank to align with the College’s ESG values, and will aim to switch providers if the bank’s activities run counter to these values.
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- Appropriate Relationships
- Freedom of Speech