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Northwestern University

PRI reporting framework 2020

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Basic information

OO 01. Signatory category and services

01.1. Select the type that best describes your organisation or the services you provide.

01.3. Additional information. [Optional]

Northwestern’s Commitment to Sustainability

Northwestern is committed to fostering environmental and ethical stewardship; providing a living-learning environment that supports student-, faculty-, and staff-led sustainability initiatives; and improving our built environment and natural ecology.

As one of the world’s leading academic institutions, Northwestern strives to be exemplary in addressing sustainability, climate change, and the opportunities and challenges they pose. The University is dedicated to creating a greener campus by reducing waste, conserving water and energy, and promoting sustainable modes of transportation.

Northwestern recognizes the power of teaching and research in driving increased awareness and public understanding, knowledge transfer, discoveries, and new technologies. We are committed to achieving the greatest impact by offering courses, supporting research, and creating partnerships that focus on sustainability, renewable energy, water conservation, and climate change.

Please utilize the link to review our organization's strategic sustainability plan and implementation roadmap:

Northwestern University Investment Office


The Investment Office acts as stewards of Northwestern University’s Endowment in order to provide a stable and growing stream of income to support the University’s academic and research goals for current and future generations.


The Investment Office will be recognized globally for its top tier portfolio performance and its thoughtful, long-term approach to investing. Its reputation, sound investment practices and team stability will make it a partner of choice for best in class investment managers.


Integrity & Honesty: We will have the courage to always speak the truth and act in ways consistent with our Mission. We will maintain the highest ethical standards, which in turn will protect and enhance our reputation with the University’s many constituencies.

Teamwork: We honor the diversity and dignity of each team member. A collaborative decision making process ensures that the contributions of each individual are important and highly valued.

Excellence: We strive for exceptional long-term performance through continuous improvement and innovation. We creatively seek and objectively evaluate a multitude of investment strategies in markets near and far.

Preferred Partner: We will thoughtfully develop, align and strengthen our relationships with our investment managers. We will act in a fair and transparent manner to establish and preserve trust in all situations.

OO 02. Headquarters and operational countries

02.1. Select the location of your organisation’s headquarters.

United States

02.2. Indicate the number of countries in which you have offices (including your headquarters).

02.3. Indicate the approximate number of staff in your organisation in full-time equivalents (FTE).

22 FTE

02.4. Additional information. [Optional]

OO 03. Subsidiaries that are separate PRI signatories

03.1. Indicate whether you have subsidiaries within your organisation that are also PRI signatories in their own right.

03.3. Additional information. [Optional]

OO 04. Reporting year and AUM

04.1. Indicate the year end date for your reporting year.


04.2. Indicate your total AUM at the end of your reporting year.

Include the AUM of subsidiaries, but exclude advisory/execution only assets, and exclude the assets of your PRI signatory subsidiaries that you have chosen not to report on in OO 03.2
Total AUM
trillions billions millions thousands hundreds
Assets in USD
trillions billions millions thousands hundreds

04.5. Additional information. [Optional]

OO 06. How would you like to disclose your asset class mix

06.1. Select how you would like to disclose your asset class mix.

Internally managed (%)
Externally managed (%)


Listed equity <10% 1 10-50% 28
Fixed income <10% 4 <10% 4
Private equity 0 0 10-50% 27
Property 0 0 <10% 7
Infrastructure 0 0 0 0
Commodities 0 0 <10% 9
Hedge funds 0 0 10-50% 19
Fund of hedge funds 0 0 0 0
Forestry 0 0 0 0
Farmland 0 0 0 0
Inclusive finance 0 0 0 0
Cash 0 0 <10% 1
Money market instruments 0 0 0 0
Other (1), specify 0 0 0 0
Other (2), specify 0 0 0 0

06.2. Publish asset class mix as per attached image [Optional].

06.3. Indicate whether your organisation has any off-balance sheet assets [Optional].

06.5. Indicate whether your organisation uses fiduciary managers.

06.6. Provide contextual information on your AUM asset class split. [Optional]

OO 07. Fixed income AUM breakdown (Private)

OO 08. Segregated mandates or pooled funds (Private)

OO 09. Breakdown of AUM by market

09.1. Indicate the breakdown of your organisation’s AUM by market.

84 Developed Markets
15 Emerging Markets
1 Frontier Markets
0 Other Markets
Total 100% 100%

09.2. Additional information. [Optional]