Haas Socially Responsible Investment (SRI) Fund

From its inception, the Haas Socially Responsible Investment (SRI) Fund has lauded as both ambitious and groundbreaking. The first and largest student-led SRI fund within a leading business school, it offers Berkeley-Haas students real-world experience in how to deliver a strong financial return and have a positive social impact. Since 2008, the student principals have grown the initial investment of $1.1M to $2M+, a more than 50% return on investment over six years, and outperformed their environmental, social and governance (ESG) benchmarks. 

Invest in Student Learning and the Future of Socially Responsible Investing

With this proven track record, now is the time to scale up and think big.  Our aim is to elevate student learning to a new level, enhance the Fund’s influence, and shape new leaders in sustainable business and finance.

We are thrilled to announce our campaign to raise $100,000 for the Fund between February 24th and April 4th, 2014

Even more exciting is a time-limited opportunity to double your impact. Alumnus Charlie Michaels (BS ’78), will match every dollar you give during this campaign (turning our $100,000 goal into $200,000). Click HERE to learn more and double your impact today.

Overview of the Haas SRI Fund

Reaching beyond a student training ground, the Haas SRI Fund seeks to contribute to the field of social investing by defining and exploring new ideas around unlocking hidden value based on companies’ environmental, social and governance (ESG) practices. As such, Fund Principals believe that the less conventional their thinking, the more innovative their approach, the less correlation with the activity of other established SRI funds, the greater the potential to achieve this goal.

At a high level the investment philosophy guiding the Fund and its Principles is to achieve a balance between financial and social/environmental performance:

  • Financial: Valuation metrics, firm size and growth, size of market, competitive position, strength of management, recent performance, etc.
  • Social/Environmental: customer benefits from using the product/service, sustainability principles, supply chain practices, employee treatment, etc.

The People Behind the Haas SRI Fund

Fund Principals are MBA and MFE students interested in finance and corporate responsibility. Through the Fund they have the opportunity to test the investment and corporate responsibility principles they learned in the classroom, and to experience the complexities, challenges, and rewards of the investing world. The biggest challenge? Unlike other mainstream funds, the Fund experiences about 50% turnover each year as students graduate. This has implications for knowledge management and investment philosophy as the Fund welcomes a fresh crop of students and perspectives.

The Haas SRI Fund was launched with generous gifts from Haas alumni Al Johnson, BS 1962 and MBA 1969, and his wife, Marguerite; Charlie Michaels, BS 1978, and his wife, Doris; and Larry Johnson, BS 1972, and his wife, Victoria. We are tremendously grateful for their leadership and continued support.

Find out more about participating in Haas SRI Fund

Meet the Haas SRI Fund Principals

Meet the Haas SRI Fund Investment Advisory Committee

Annual Reports

The Haas SRI Fund Annual Report highlights information about the evolving investment approach, performance, holdings and portfolio management.

Past News Articles

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Wendy Walker- MBA 2011
Wendy Walker
MBA '11
Investment Consultant at Cambridge Associates

"An important aspect of this fund is the freedom we have to explore different approaches to corporate social responsibility. We have made great strides toward exploring how social performance translates - or sometimes doesn't translate - into financial performance."

Haas SRI Fund Crowdfunding Campaign