In 1964, Robert F. Kennedy observed that “The power to act is the power to command resources.”

His words have never been more relevant. Today, nearly half of the world’s hundred largest economies are actually public companies, giving them a special role in the creation of a more just and peaceful world.

Recognizing this reality, the RFKennedy Compass program works with institutional investors and other key allocators to discuss new approaches to investing that consider human rights, the environment, and good governance, enlisting the private sector’s influence in the cause of justice.

Events like the collapse of the American mortgage industry and issues like child labor have created greater interest in sustainable investing among shareholders. In the wake of countless cases of corporate negligence that destroyed shareholder value and could have been averted through sustainable investing practices, major shareholders are beginning to realize that creating change is not at odds with creating value. This is the basic premise of RFKennedy Compass: that sustainable investing isn’t just good for the world. It’s also good for business.

RFK Compass Investor Program

As a core program within Robert F. Kennedy Human Rights’ Business & Human Rights portfolio, the RFK Compass Investor Program clarifies the human rights issues that investors and asset managers should consider during their investment process as they seek superior risk-adjusted returns. We provide important connections and tools to support their actions on the “S” in ESG by focusing on racial and economic inequity. Our work is focused on catalyzing action that yields both profits and positive impact for people and planet. 

RFK Compass Investor Conferences

The RFK Compass Investor Conferences biannually convenes close to 300 investment decision-makers including asset managers, public and private pension funds, endowments, foundations, and family offices who collectively control $6 trillion in assets under management. At our Annual Summer Conference in Hyannis Port, we offer timely discussions and intimate networking for attendees, structured around themes impacting the investment community today, while also highlighting topics that intersect on human rights including Labor & Supply Chain, Information and Technology, and Diversity. Thought leaders who have joined our conferences in the past include:

  • Madeleine Albright – former United States Secretary of State
  • Timothy Geithner former U.S. Secretary of the Treasury
  • David O’Sullivan – European Union Ambassador to the United States
  • David Rubenstein – Co-CEO, The Carlyle Group
  • Jeffrey Sachs – renowned economist and Director, Earth Institute at Columbia University
  • Bob WoodwardAssociate Editor, The Washington Post