Overall Rating Gold - expired
Overall Score 69.73
Liaison Megan Litke
Submission Date Jan. 31, 2011
Executive Letter Download

STARS v1.0

American University
PAE-17: Shareholder Advocacy

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 5.00 / 5.00 Chris O'Brien
Director of Sustainability
Office of Sustainability
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Has the institution filed or co-filed one or more shareholder resolutions that address sustainability during the past three years?:

Has the institution submitted one or more letters about social or environmental responsibility to a company in which it holds investments during the previous three years?:

Has the institution conducted a negative screening of its entire investment pool within the last three years?:

A brief description of how the institution (or its foundation) has engaged in shareholder advocacy that promotes sustainability during the previous 3 years. :

Resolution on Investments in Sudan
Furthermore, the University 1) will not invest directly in companies doing business in the oil and gas sector in Sudan, (2) will communicate its decision to its investment managers and advisors urging them to end any investment in companies doing business in the oil and gas sector in Sudan, (3) will request that its investment managers and advisors inform the university within the calendar year of any companies in its managed doing business in the oil and gas sector in Sudan, and (4) will convey to the U.S. higher education community American University’s actions with respect to divestment in Sudan and urge them to do the same.

Resolution on Investments in Burma
The university also seeks “Burma free” investments, reserving the right to divest from companies conducting business in Burma:

The website URL where information about the negative screen, divestment effort, and/or direct engagement with companies in which the institution holds investments is available:

Link to statement on investments in Burma

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