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Liaison Tonie Miyamoto
Submission Date Feb. 7, 2017
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STARS v2.1

Colorado State University
PA-8: Committee on Investor Responsibility

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Does the institution have a formally established and active committee on investor responsibility (CIR) that makes recommendations to fund decision-makers on socially and environmentally responsible investment opportunities across asset classes?:

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 Committee on Investor Responsibility is explicitly charged with developing and supporting initiatives in sustainable investment as outlined by the Socially Responsible Investment Policy. The policy recognizes that there are social and environmental issues that have adverse impacts to humanity and the world.

Proxy Voting Guidelines from Socially Responsible Investing policy:
"Due to the nature of certain investment vehicles (mutual fund type investments), most funds do not afford the Foundation the ability to submit a proxy vote. However, occasionally the ability to vote arises. The management and staff of the Foundation, where possible, have been given the charge to vote proxy votes in a manner in which the environment and other socially responsible initiatives are supported."

At least annually the Foundation/CIR encourages each manager to consider investments in sustainable industries and renewable energy initiatives via a personalized message from the President/CEO and endorsed by the Board of Directors. The Foundation tracks responses from each manager to ensure that the message has been received and read.

Does the CIR include staff representation?:

Does the CIR include faculty representation?:

Does the CIR include student representation?:

Members of the CIR, including affiliations and role (e.g. student, faculty, staff, alumni):

James A. Martell Chairman of CSUF Board, community member, and CSU alumnus
Kathleen Henry President & CEO of CSUF (CSU staff), and CSU alumna
Toby Cromwell Director of CSIJF Board, community member, and CSU alumnus
Scott Thisted Director of CSUF Board, community member, and CSU alumnus
David Diehl Audit Committee Member of CSUF, community member, and
CSU alumnus
Mark Smith Audit Committee Member of CSUF, and community member
Rie Thomas Investment Committee Member of CSUF, and CSU alumnus
Brett Anderson VP of University Advancement (CSU staff), and CSU alumnus
Lynn Johnson VP of University Operations (CSU staff)
Geneve Huxley Chief Financial Officer/Secretary/Treasurer of CSUF (CSU staff)
Laura Sayler CSUF Controller
Terilyn Larson CSUF Senior Accountant
KC Connors NEPC
Sam Pollack NEPC
Karen Leaffer, community member
John Sage, CSU Student (Summit Fund analyst)
Gabe Childs, CSU Student (Summit Fund analyst)
Taylor Hill, CSU Student (Summit Fund analyst)
Annette Cenac, CSU Student (Summit Fund analyst)
Haven Lavery, CSU Student (Summit Fund analyst)
Max Will, CSU Student (Summit Fund analyst)
Justin Barela, CSU Student (Summit Fund analyst)
Harry Turtle, CSU College of Business Faculty Member
Chris Stein, CSU College of Business Faculty Member

Examples of CIR actions during the previous three years:

Within the last three years, the CSU Foundation has invested with two different investment managers into three different funds that focus on supporting Colorado technology and on making an impact on Colorado socially and environmentally. We continue to look at investments and investment managers that not only meet our mandate of providing the best possible investment return while preserving the endowment corpus, but also seek to make meaningful socially responsible investments.

On an annual basis, the CIR reviews the comprehensive Sustainable Investment Policy and reaffirms CSU's commitment to its principles. Meeting minutes from the November 2016 CIR meeting are linked below.

Within the last three years the CIR has also invited the students who run the Summit Student Investment Fund, now valued at more than $330,000, to be members of the CIR and to present annually to share the outcome of their ESG investment experience and make recommendations to the CIR.

The website URL where information about the programs or initiatives is available:
Additional documentation to support the submission:

The website URL above has public minutes from the November 2016 Committee on Investor Responsibility meeting (the most recent meeting at the time of this STARS 2.1 report). More recent meeting minutes and additional details can be found at http://foundation.colostate.edu/public-information/.

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