Overall Rating Gold
Overall Score 68.20
Liaison Kimberly Williams
Submission Date March 5, 2020

STARS v2.2

George Washington University
PA-9: Committee on Investor Responsibility

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 0.00 / 2.00 Meghan Chapple
Director of Sustainability, Senior Advisor on University Sustainability Initiatives
Office of Sustainability
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Does the institution have a formally established and active committee on investor responsibility (CIR) or equivalent body?:
No

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:

GW created a Sustainable Investment Fund (SIF) as part of the endowment in 2018. The Student Association-driven initiative allocates money from the university endowment toward responsible investment vehicles. As part of a larger responsible investment approach, the fund promotes and produces innovation in sustainable practices and seeks to avoid investments in the top coal, oil and gas companies.

As approved by the George Washington University Board of Trustees’ Subcommittee for Endowment and Investments, the SIF was established with an initial $2 million from the university endowment. The SIF is informed by a Committee for Sustainable Investment with significant student involvement, seeking to engage stakeholders on issues relevant to responsible investing. The purpose of the committee is to provide an opportunity for the student community to gain transparency into, education on, and engage in dialogue around the Sustainable Investment Fund.


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:

Student Association, VP for Sustainability
Undergraduate Student Representative
Graduate Student Representative
Faculty Representative
Office of Sustainability, Director
Strategic Investment Group, Outsourced Chief Investment Officer
Financial Reporting & Analysis, Controller


Examples of CIR actions during the previous three years:

Students on the committee meet in the Fall with the investment staff, to plan for a public meeting. The committee hosts an annual spring meeting for students, faculty and staff where the performance of the fund is disclosed and openly discussed.


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