Overall Rating Silver
Overall Score 49.46
Liaison Margaret Bounds
Submission Date March 2, 2018
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STARS v2.1

Connecticut College
PA-9: Sustainable Investment

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 0.48 / 4.00 Richard Madonna
Vice President for Finance and Administration
Finance and Administration
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Does the institution wish to pursue Option 1 (positive sustainability investment)?:
Yes

Total value of the investment pool:
303000000 US/Canadian $

Value of holdings in each of the following categories:
Value of Holdings
Sustainable industries (e.g. renewable energy or sustainable forestry) 1000000 US/Canadian $
Businesses selected for exemplary sustainability performance (e.g. using criteria specified in a sustainable investment policy) 0 US/Canadian $
Sustainability investment funds (e.g. a renewable energy or impact investment fund) 0 US/Canadian $
Community development financial institutions (CDFIs) or the equivalent 0 US/Canadian $
Socially responsible mutual funds with positive screens (or the equivalent) 20600000 US/Canadian $
Green revolving loan funds that are funded from the endowment 0 US/Canadian $

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

The college is invested in three funds that we believe apply for this credit. For the first, the manager will consider a company’s performance with respect to environmental, social and governance (ESG) factors when making investment decisions, including whether a company considers among its tenets the value of human life, the promotion of human dignity, promotion of the environment and corporate responsibility as well as whether the company is engaged in arms production. They will also use reasonable efforts to avoid investing in companies where the dominant business is in the following area: abortion/contraceptives, alcohol, adult entertainment, defense weapons, gambling, stem cell research and development, tobacco, or predatory lending. Another fund considers integrity of management and commitment to proper corporate governance factors as critical factors when deciding whether to invest in a company. The final fund manager primarily invests in high-quality companies which are screened on an ESG basis, and “positive impact” municipalities which provide exposure to “impact” through investments in healthcare, education, infrastructure, transportation, and housing.


Percentage of the institution's investment pool in positive sustainability investments:
7.13

Does the institution wish to pursue Option 2 (investor engagement)?:
No

Does the institution have a publicly available sustainable investment policy?:
No

A copy of the sustainable investment policy:
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The sustainable investment policy:
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Does the institution use its sustainable investment policy to select and guide investment managers?:
No

A brief description of how the policy is applied, including recent examples:
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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?:
No

A copy of the proxy voting guidelines or proxy record:
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A brief description of how managers are adhering to proxy voting guidelines:
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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?:
No

Examples of how the institution has engaged with corporations in its portfolio about sustainability issues during the previous three years:
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Does the institution have a publicly available investment policy with negative screens?:
No

A brief description of the negative screens and how they have been implemented:
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Approximate percentage of the endowment that the negative screens apply to:
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Does the institution engage in policy advocacy by participating in investor networks and/or engage in inter-organizational collaborations to share best practices?:
No

A brief description of the investor networks and/or collaborations:
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The website URL where information about the programs or initiatives is available:
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Additional documentation to support the submission:
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