Boards of Directors (or Trustees) and Advisory Councils are very
important to the operation of an organization. Not only do they
provide advice and direction, they offer an excellent means of
embedding the organization within a larger social framework. Many
of the members are affiliated, as employees or board members,
with other SRI-related organizations. These 'interlocks' greatly
assist in the provision of resources for inter-organizational
initiatives, such as jointly-sponsored research projects or conferences.
Policy decisions are enhanced when opinions from non-SRI areas
are solicited as well - as in the case of the development of screens.
The Calvert Social Investment Fund provides a good example. It
lists the members of its board of trustees and advisory council
on its website, as well as providing a photo and a brief biography
"The Board of Trustees is responsible for overseeing the
management and operations of the Calvert Social Investment Fund.
The Trustees bring a variety of backgrounds and experience to
the Fund but all share a long-term commitment to socially and
environmentally responsible investing."
"The Calvert Social Investment Fund Advisory Council serves
as the shareholders' voice to the Board of Trustees and to the
Calvert Social Research Department. Council members include authors,
community development specialists, entrepreneurs, public servants,
and social advocates. Their collective expertise helps shape broad
policy decisions made by the Fund. Many Advisory Council members
also serve on committees and task forces that meet regularly to
address such critical issues as corporate environmental practices
and equal employment opportunity. The Council meets formally twice
a year to evaluate and define the Fund's social screening criteria.