JHU group will consider social issues related to companies university invests in

Johns Hopkins will reconvene a group tasked with considering the social impact of corporations in which the university invests, university administrators announced Thursday.

The Public Interest Investment Advisory Committee—made up of faculty, staff, and students—will examine the policies and practices of companies in which the university's endowment funds are separately invested and, when necessary, make recommendations to university leadership and the Board of Trustees.

In the past, JHU's commitment to responsible investing has led to the divestment of funds from companies doing business in South Africa in the 1980s and from tobacco companies in the 1990s. More recently, members of the university community have voiced concerns about fossil fuel companies, Provost Robert C. Lieberman and Daniel Ennis, senior vice president for finance and administration, wrote in Thursday's message.

"We are proud that the people who work, teach, and study at Johns Hopkins care about issues of broad social significance," Lieberman and Ennis wrote.

The committee will be chaired by Jon Faust, a professor of economics in the Krieger School of Arts and Sciences. Faculty and staff participants have been identified.

Students interested in serving are asked to submit a letter of interest to provost@jhu.edu by Jan. 9 describing your interest in the committee and what contributions you hope to make. Please include your full name, email address, cellphone number, JHU school or division, major area of study, and year of study (freshman, second-year PhD student, etc.). Students who submit a statement of interest will receive confirmation that the message was received.