Response to Harvard President Faust’s April 7 Statement

The Responsible Investment at Harvard Coalition applauds President Faust’s decision to sign the United Nations Principles for Responsible Investment. This announcement signals a new direction for the integrity of our university’s investment management strategy. We hope that Harvard’s new commitments to responsible investment will lead to a swift resolution to the conflict between Harvard’s plantations in Argentina and the surrounding communities.

Adrian Obregón, a representative of the small producers association near Harvard’s plantations in Argentina, is visiting campus to meet with students and administrators about the impact of the plantations on his community. He made the following statement after hearing today’s news:

“We welcome this good news. It will help us achieve justice for our communities and our environment. But we have to be vigilant so that Harvard doesn’t keep doing the same thing and act like everything is okay because they have signed this agreement.”

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