Overall Rating Silver
Overall Score 53.67
Liaison Stephen Ellis
Submission Date Oct. 7, 2021

STARS v2.2

Boston University
PA-9: Committee on Investor Responsibility

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 2.00 / 2.00 Lila Hunnewell
Chief Investment Officer
Boston University Investment Office
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Does the institution have a formally established and active committee on investor responsibility (CIR) or equivalent body?:
Yes

The charter or mission statement of the CIR or other body which reflects social and environmental concerns or a brief description of how the CIR is tasked to address social and environmental concerns:

The Advisory Committee on Socially Responsible Investing ("ACSRI") provides the University community a framework and forum for the consideration of and civil discourse on socially responsible investment policy issues. The mission of the Advisory Committee is to (a) represent a wide spectrum of the community (trustees, faculty, and students); (b) be knowledgeable about relevant socially responsible investing issues so as to be able to engage in informed, thoughtful, and collegial consideration and discussion; (c) provide continuity and institutional memory on relevant policy issues; (d) advise the Board of Trustees on socially responsible investment policy issues by proposing written policies for the Board’s consideration; and (e) coordinate and facilitate communication on relevant policy issues.


Does the CIR include academic staff representation?:
Yes

Does the CIR include non-academic staff representation?:
Yes

Does the CIR include student representation?:
Yes

Members of the CIR, including affiliations and role:

3 Trustees
3 Faculty members
3 Student members
Dean of Students - Ex-officio member
President - Ex-officio member
Chief Investment Officer - Administrative liaison
General Counsel - Administrative liaison
Chief of Staff to the President - Administrative liaison
Deputy Chief of Staff to the President - Administrative liaison


Examples of CIR actions during the previous three years:

In November 2019, the Advisory Committee on Socially Responsible Investing recommended to the Board of Trustees that “To ensure inclusive, University-wide conversations and processes to gather relevant constituent perspectives and information, in advance of the Board of Trustees’ fall 2021 review of the issues surrounding climate change and related investment and divestment opportunities, the Board of Trustees should formally request the ACSRI to (a) develop and (b) then recommend for the Board of Trustees consideration a process plan, including details on actions, events, responsibilities and timing.”

In January 2020, the Executive Committee of the Board of Trustees approved the ACSRI’s recommendation.

In December 2021, the Board of Trustees approved the ACSRI’s proposed process plan and also delegated to the ACSRI implementation responsibility. Implementation is currently underway.


Website URL where information about the institution’s committee on investor responsibility is available:
Additional documentation to support the submission:
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