MEDIA ADVISORY: University of Virginia Student Organizes Panel Discussion on Socially Responsible Investing

April 7, 2008 — What does "socially responsible investing" mean? In some cases, it can mean buying a large share of stock in a company in order to pressure its management to reduce manufacturing pollution, or to require its subcontractors not to use child labor.

On Tuesday, April 8, from 5:15 p.m. to 6:15 p.m. and from 6:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. in the Auditorium at the new McIntire School of Commerce building (Robertson 120), a U.Va. student group, the Socially Responsible Investment Organization, will host two panel discussions on the role of socially responsible investing in the modern business world, featuring guest speakers from four of the top "socially responsible" investment firms:

• Paul Hilton, director of advanced equities research, The Calvert Group
• Julie Gorte, senior vice president for sustainable investing, Pax World Management
• Rob Berridge, program manager, CERES
• Justin Conway, relationship officer, The Calvert Foundation

The forum on "Valuing Change: The New Challenges and Opportunities of Socially Responsible Investing" is open to the public. The first session will be held from 5:15 p.m. to 6:15 p.m.; the second session will be held from 6:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. in the auditorium at the new McIntire School of Commerce building (Robertson 120).

Commerce School student Ashby Taylor organized the event as his capstone project for the UVA LEAD program, a three-year interdisciplinary leadership program that promotes practical leadership skills.