Part of the mandate of McGill’s Committee Advising on Matters of Social Responsibility was to monitor McGill’s divestment from companies with a direct investment in South Africa. The Committee tracked companies that may invest in South Africa by mergers or acquisitions. The companies were then informed that they may have investments in South Africa and McGill has a policy against such holdings. If the companies did not amend their portfolios, divestment would proceed. By 1990, the utility of the Committee was called into question with many suggesting that its process was purely administrative and could be carried out by the University Secretariat.