The Duke University Faculty and Staff Retirement Plan
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36% of plan assets are invested in the target date option.
Target date option: Vanguard Target Retirement Funds series
This retirement plan has millions of dollars invested in fossil fuels, deforestation-risk agribusiness, and arms manufacturers.
Access to sustainable funds
Only 1 / 40 plan options report a sustainability mandate.
0.74% of plan assets are invested in sustainable options.
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This plan has a self-directed option that may offer access to sustainable funds.
A self-directed option (also called a "brokerage window") can provide more access to sustainable funds. But a self-directed option requires more effort from plan participants, and could lead to riskier investments. It's better for retirement plans to offer sustainable funds without making people use a self-directed option - or even better, to make the default investment sustainable.
If your plan has a self-directed option, you can use our database of mutual funds and ETFs to find sustainable funds that meet your investment needs.
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