Friday, October 14, 2011
Thanks to everyone for their help! This is an important step in our process!
Next, we'll be meeting with a joint committee of students, faculty and administrators to draft a proposal to then bring to the Board of Trustees. We'll keep you updated!
Monday, September 26, 2011
Last spring, we met with President Brown to discuss our proposal and garner his support. Well, he liked it!
President Brown agreed to have a joint drafting meeting to write a final draft of the proposal with students, faculty and administrators. We will then present the proposal to the Board of Trustees, with President Brown's support!
Next week, we'll be bringing the proposal to the Faculty Council to ask for their support.
CLICK HERE for the most recent version of the proposal!
We're doing well, but we still need your help! If you are a faculty member or involved in a student group and would like to endorse our proposal, or if you would like to get involved in the campaigh please contact Elisa Gill at firstname.lastname@example.org .
Saturday, June 26, 2010
We, the undersigned BU faculty members, urge the formation of a Socially Responsible Investment (SRI) Committee at Boston University. The purpose of an SRI committee is to promote environmental sustainability, peaceful technology, and good labor practices, while screening out companies that violate the values of our school. Other universities and colleges have had SRI committees for years, including Brown, Tufts, Amherst, the University of Pennsylvania, and Columbia University. Such committees have achieved remarkable success in helping to end South African apartheid. Moreover, they have helped convince companies to make positive changes, such as Nike's agreement to allow third party factory inspectors, Home Depot's commitment to stop selling old growth wood, and Arco's ending of its operations in Burma.
We appreciate that BU is moving toward more ethical policies, and believe that an SRI committee is the next step. As BU embraces sustainability -- creating a committee for the purpose, encouraging green building and promoting energy conservation-- the Boston University community has gained pride in their school's ethical behavior. We believe that the university should continue this trend by encouraging ethical behavior on a global level through an SRI committee. SRI policies assure donors and students that BU revenue and resources will be employed and invested in an ethical manner while contributing to a norm of rewarding companies that act ethically. Institutionalizing SRI policies will enhance BU's image and encourage donations to the university from alumni and philanthropists alike.
Aaron Garrett, Associate Professor of Philosophy
Allison Adair, Senior Lecturer, CAS Writing Program
Assaf Kfoury, Professor of Computer Science
Catherine Caldwell-Harris, Professor of Psychology
Chris Walsh, BU Writing Program Associate Director and Assistant Professor of English
David Bronstein, Professor of Philosophy
David Lyons, Professor of Law and Philosophy
David Roochnik, Professor of Philosophy
Deborah Belle, Director of the Women's Studies Program; Professor of Psychology
Emily Barman, Associate Professor of Sociology
Eugene Green, Professor of English
Irene Gendzier, Professor of Political Science
Kathleen Malley-Morrison, Professor of Psychology
Leslie Epstein, Professor of English
Marilyn Halter, Professor of History and American Studies
Matthew Smith, Associate Professor of English
Natalie McKnight, Chair and Full Professor, Humanities Division College of General Studies
Neta C. Crawford, Professor of Political Science
Nina Silber, Professor of History
Parker Shipton, Professor of Anthropology
Peter Yeager, Associate Professor of Sociology
Pankaj Mehta, Associate Professor of Physics
Ruha Benjamin, Assistant Professor of Sociology and African American Studies
Steven Kalberg, Associate Professor of Sociology
Susan Eckstein, Professor of Sociology
Susan Akram, Professor of Law
Susanne Sreedhar, Associate Professor of Philosophy
Timothy Longman, Professor of Political Science