Those investing Ohio University's financial resources must meet fiduciary responsibilities, and one of the ways to meet fiduciary responsibilities is to invest considering Enivronmental, Social and Governance (ESG) ratings. Investments with high ESG ratings typically are lower risk, higher yield, and less subject to negative public attention.
One benchmark in the 2011 Ohio University Sustainability Plan addresses sustainable investments. Benchmark 21 reads: "Assess endowment investment in sustainable corporations and entities and recommend strategies for increasing investment in these corporations and entities."
The Ohio University student investing groups, the Fixed Income Management Group and the Equity Management Group, conducted a pilot study of ESG investing in 2017. Their results showed better performance when investing in securities with higher ESG ratings.
2019 Article about Sustainable Investing Programs in top business schools from the Wall Street Journal.