Overall Rating Gold
Overall Score 74.09
Liaison Merry Rankin
Submission Date Aug. 30, 2019
Executive Letter Download

STARS v2.1

Iowa State University
PA-9: Sustainable Investment

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 1.74 / 4.00 Michael Wahlin
Asst Vp/Controller
ISU Foundation
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Does the institution wish to pursue Option 1 (positive sustainability investment)?:
Yes

Total value of the investment pool:
1126626200 US/Canadian $

Value of holdings in each of the following categories:
Value of Holdings
Sustainable industries (e.g. renewable energy or sustainable forestry) 0 US/Canadian $
Businesses selected for exemplary sustainability performance (e.g. using criteria specified in a sustainable investment policy) 69144774 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) 0 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:

Investment holdings were compared to the Dow Jones World Sustainability Index by the Foundation's independent consultant. This index is used to identify businesses with exemplary sustainability performance. Transparency to individual holdings in the Foundation's portfolio is available to approximately 70% of the respective investment managers.


Percentage of the institution's investment pool in positive sustainability investments:
6.14

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

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

A copy of the sustainable investment policy:
The sustainable investment policy:
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Does the institution use its sustainable investment policy to select and guide investment managers?:
Yes

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

Investment managers are required to provide information regarding environmental, social and governance criteria/standards of holdings when soliciting bids.


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?:
Yes

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

Iowa Code, Chapters 12F, 12H and 12J prohibits the Board of Regents from investing in certain companies doing business in the Sudan and Iran or who boycott Israel. Regents institutions fully comply with this law, which became effective July 1, 2007 for Sudan holdings; March 1, 2012 for Iran holdings, and March 1, 2017 for companies who boycott Israel.The law requires the Board of Regents to scrutinize the business activities of companies doing business with Sudan and Iran or boycotting Israel in four general areas: military equipment, mineral extraction activities, oil-related activities, and power production activities. The Board of Regents uses the research services of ISS-Ethix to assist it in developing the list of scrutinized companies that is based on the criteria specified in Iowa Code chapters 12F, 12H and 12J. The University, through The Board of Regents, contacts the scrutinized companies and asks them to explain their business operations in these three countries. Each company has 90 days to respond. If a company is deemed to not meet the requirements of the law, or does not respond to the request for information on their related activities within the 90-day period, they are placed on the Board of Regents' prohibited investment list. The Board of Regents updates this list quarterly, and companies can be added or removed based on the receipt of new information.


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

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

Iowa Code, Chapters 12F, 12H and 12J prohibits the Board of Regents from investing in certain companies doing business in the Sudan and Iran or who boycott Israel. Regents institutions fully comply with this law, which became effective July 1, 2007 for Sudan holdings; March 1, 2012 for Iran holdings, and March 1, 2017 for companies who boycott Israel. The law requires the Board of Regents to scrutinize the business activities of companies doing business with Sudan and Iran or boycotting Israel in four general areas: military equipment, mineral extraction activities, oil-related activities, and power production activities. The Board of Regents uses the research services of ISS-Ethix to assist it in developing the list of scrutinized companies that is based on the criteria specified in Iowa Code chapters 12F, 12H and 12J.

https://www.iowaregents.edu/media/cms/Divestment_Notice_updated_2018_62132E9458ED9.pdf


Approximate percentage of the endowment that the negative screens apply to:
100

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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