Overall Rating Bronze - expired
Overall Score 42.65
Liaison Winnie Kwofie
Submission Date April 19, 2019
Executive Letter Download

STARS v2.1

California State University, East Bay
PA-9: Sustainable Investment

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 1.33 / 4.00 Debbie Chaw
Vice President of Administration & Finance
Administration & Finance
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Does the institution wish to pursue Option 1 (positive sustainability investment)?:

Total value of the investment pool:

Value of holdings in each of the following categories:
Value of Holdings
Sustainable industries (e.g. renewable energy or sustainable forestry) ---
Businesses selected for exemplary sustainability performance (e.g. using criteria specified in a sustainable investment policy) ---
Sustainability investment funds (e.g. a renewable energy or impact investment fund) ---
Community development financial institutions (CDFIs) or the equivalent ---
Socially responsible mutual funds with positive screens (or the equivalent) ---
Green revolving loan funds that are funded from the endowment ---

A brief description of the companies, funds, and/or institutions referenced above:

Percentage of the institution's investment pool in positive sustainability investments:

Does the institution wish to pursue Option 2 (investor engagement)?:

Does the institution have a publicly available sustainable investment policy?:

A copy of the sustainable investment policy:

The sustainable investment policy:

Foundation shall establish a Socially Responsible Investment / Environmental Social Governance long-term portfolio to provide an option to donors who wish to maximize return, consistent with safety of principal, while “screening” to exclude companies that make products such as guns, cigarettes, etc., that are contrary to these donors’ values. Currently, the ESG Portfolio is screened based on the following: Exclusionary Screens – Alcohol, Nuclear Power, Firearms, Tobacco, Military Weapons, Life Ethics, Gambling, and Adult Entertainment. Qualitative Screens – Environment, Diversity, Overseas Operations, Community Relations, Employee Relations, and Product Quality and Safety.

Does the institution use its sustainable investment policy to select and guide investment managers?:

A brief description of how the policy is applied, including recent examples:

Only for the SRI/ESG fund. Have not utilized this fund yet since no donor has requested us to invest their gift in such a fund.

Has the institution engaged in proxy voting, either by its CIR or other committee or through the use of guidelines, to promote sustainability during the previous three years?:

A copy of the proxy voting guidelines or proxy record:

A brief description of how managers are adhering to proxy voting guidelines:

Has the institution filed or co-filed one or more shareholder resolutions that address sustainability or submitted one or more letters about social or environmental responsibility to a company in which it holds investments during the previous three years?:

Examples of how the institution has engaged with corporations in its portfolio about sustainability issues during the previous three years:

Does the institution have a publicly available investment policy with negative screens?:

A brief description of the negative screens and how they have been implemented:

Only for the SRI/ESG fund should a donor request we invest their gift in such fund. So far, no donor has asked us to invest their funds in our SRI/ESG fund.

Approximate percentage of the endowment that the negative screens apply to:

Does the institution engage in policy advocacy by participating in investor networks and/or engage in inter-organizational collaborations to share best practices?:

A brief description of the investor networks and/or collaborations:

University is a member of the Intentional Endowment Network

The website URL where information about the programs or initiatives is available:

Additional documentation to support the submission:

It is possible that California State University East Bay (CSUEB) has holdings in sustainable industries, sustainability investment funds, community development financial institutions, socially responsible mutual funds, or green revolving loan funds. However, CSUEB invests primarily through collections of stocks and bonds which may then be invested in other funds. It is possible that through these other funds, there are holdings in the previously listed categories.

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