Maclean's Magazine: Add an “Ethical Investment Ranking” in your next annual Universities Report
  • Petitioned Mary Dwyer

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Senior University Rankings Editor, Maclean's Magazine
Mary Dwyer

Maclean's Magazine: Add an “Ethical Investment Ranking” in your next annual Universities Report

    1. Elysia Petrone
    2. Petition by

      Elysia Petrone

      Thunder Bay, Canada

Canadian Universities are proud to claim they are on the cutting edge of sustainability education and research to solve global problems. However, together Canadian Universities are investing billions of dollars in unsustainable and unethical industries we think students would have a problem with.

Universities are investing in:

•            Fossil fuel companies that contribute greatly to climate change.

•            Mining companies who operate in developing counties, often contributing to violent conflict.

•            Companies who have been accused of poor labour practices, child labour and using sweatshops

•            Tobacco companies

•            Companies with manufacturing process that expose employees to dangerous toxins.

•            Companies that manufacture weapons

•            and many others.  

 If Maclean's includes an ethical investment ranking then students will have the opportunity to choose a university operating in line with their values.

 If you believe that it is hypocritical to boast sustainable education yet continue to be investing in an unsustainable future, please join us in adding your signature to our petition.

 This goal is attainable! Universities care about how they are perceived in the Maclean's report. It is our hope that this ranking will make Universities think twice about where they invest. Due to mounting public pressure, universities have divested from tobacco, and some universities are starting to look into ethical investment. Students have the right to know how their future university is investing its money.

Recent signatures



      Elysia Petrone
      Petition Organiser

      The Student Fossil Free Movement is growing!

    2. Kyuwon get's great coverage with the Green America Blog!

      Elysia Petrone
      Petition Organiser
      The Secret Life of Fossil Fuel Divestment:

      Three reasons this campaign could change the world The next issue of Green American magazine will be hitting mailboxes any day now, and the theme is the movement to divest from fossil fuels. As part of our research, we talked to a number of different leaders in the divestment movement.

    3. Reached 10,000 signatures
    4. Blue and Green Tomorrow- Coverage

      Elysia Petrone
      Petition Organiser
      Canadian university ranking put on spot over ethical investment - Blue and Green Tomorrow

      Canadian university ranking put on spot over ethical investment Nearly 10,000 people have signed an online petition to urge a Canadian magazine to include an ethical investment ranking in its annual university guide, in the hope that institutions will reconsider some of their investments.

    5. The Silhouette: Where does the money go?

      Elysia Petrone
      Petition Organiser
      The Silhouette | Where does the money go?

      It's no secret that universities deal with a lot of money. Between tuition, research funding and corporate sponsorships, cash is often on the minds of McMaster administrators. But what people may not know is where the school spends its money. Elisya Petrone is hoping to change that.

    6. Maclean's response so far to this petition. Two opinion pieces. Its a start

      Elysia Petrone
      Petition Organiser
      Universities shouldn't invest in unethical companies - - Maclean's On Campus

      By Torrance Coste | January 9th, 2013 | 3:25 pm Torrance Coste studied conservation geography at the University of Victoria before becoming a Vancouver Island Campaigner with the Wilderness Committee. He argues that universities should exit investments from companies he considers unethical, like those in fossil fuels.

    7. Students call on Maclean's to rank universities by 'ethical investment'

      Elysia Petrone
      Petition Organiser
      Students call on Maclean's to rank universities by 'ethical investment' |

      Change the conversation, support today. Five thousand people have signed a petition launched by three recent university graduates asking Maclean's magazine to include an ethical investment category in their popular annual Canadian Universities Report. Together, Canadian Universities invest billions every year in companies many consider to be unethical.

    8. UBC graduate petitions Maclean’s to rank universities on ethical investment

      Elysia Petrone
      Petition Organiser
      UBC graduate petitions Maclean's to rank universities on ethical investments

      A group of three university graduates, one of them from UBC, is petitioning Maclean's magazine to include an ethical investment assessment in its annual ranking of Canadian universities.

    9. Reached 9,000 signatures
    10. Reached 8,000 signatures


    Reasons for signing

    • Lawrence Keyte PETERBOROUGH, CANADA
      • 7 months ago

      Universities should not be investing in an industry that is directly responsible for the destruction of the planet through global warming.

    • Denis Beauchesne GEORGETOWN, CANADA
      • 7 months ago

      Climate change affects us all

    • Heather Lavis KINCARDINE, CANADA
      • 8 months ago

      I believe our environment, nature, animals and resources are our wealth!

    • Katie Turriff BELLEVILLE, CANADA
      • 10 months ago

      This is actually such a good idea that I haven't thought about and now I'm concerned about it! I don't want to go to a university that basically promotes what it teaches is bad..

    • Kathleen Venema WINNIPEG, CANADA
      • 11 months ago

      Universities should be cultural leaders -- and very visible about it -- in the work of investing ethically; i.e. recognizing that profiting from destructive global engagements is a very short step from engaging directly in those destructive activities.


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