The Socially Responsible Investment Campaign guide (in chapters, below) contains virtually everything you need to know to run an SRI campaign in your college. It's got loads of useful ideas, but if you don't want to take the time to read it now; don't worry, it's basically very simple. The basic plan would go something like this:
Contact us to get connected with people who can help you; advertise a meeting in your college to meet other interested people; use the opportunity to find out more about what SRI means and to discuss among yourselves what good tactics might be in your college. For example, some groups go straight to the College President or investment committee, some go through their JCR representation, some start by spreading information or running a petition. It's up for you to decide with each other what will be most useful in your college atmosphere: no one can do this better than you. For a bit more detail, but not the whole 20 page booklet, check out the quick guide, below.
You can view pages from the guide by using the links below, or you can download a PDF copy of the guide here: Download Guide (PDF)
A quick guide to running an SRI campaign in your college. The longer guide will go into much more detail, but this should contain all you need to get an idea of what you're after and get started.
Find out the background to the guide & how you can make use of it.
What is SRI all about, and what are the commonly used forms of SRI.
Finding out the Status Quo, and understanding the financial facts.
Suggestions for how you can pursue your SRI campaign within college
What your college might say and things you need to know to respond
Way's to break the deadlock when negotiations don't seem to be going anywhere.
A survey showing that many of you think that college should have an ethical policy may lead college to start rethinking the issue. Check out this example for ideas...
Passing a common room motion is key to getting suport. You can use this sample motion as a startig point for your own...
This example report from Baliol in 2001 sets out some of the key issues around SRI in colleges.
Detailed information on the key legal considerations involved.
Here are some websites which you may find useful when researching issues surrounding ethical investment.
Oxford Socially Responsible Investment Campaign is campaigning for clear committment to Socially Responsible Investment from Oxford University and for greater financial transparency in the investments of Oxford University Colleges. This website contains information about the campaign, and details on how you can get involved