Overall Rating Gold - expired
Overall Score 66.71
Liaison Greg Kozak
Submission Date March 6, 2020

STARS v2.2

Northwestern University
PA-9: Committee on Investor Responsibility

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 2.00 / 2.00 Sarah Tulga
Sustainability Program Coordinator
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Does the institution have a formally established and active committee on investor responsibility (CIR) or equivalent body?:

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:

Advisory Committee on Investment Responsibility

The Advisory Committee on Investment Responsibility (ACIR) will further supplement these policies by debating issues, arising from the campus community, and providing recommendations to the Investment Committee of the Board of Trustees, through the Chief Investment Officer, as needed.

The Committee shall:

• Receive issues potentially related to investments in the University’s Endowment, referred to it by the Northwestern University community;

• Conduct research and monitor trends on such issues;

• Make recommendations to the Investment Committee of the Board of Trustees through the Chief Investment Officer. The Investment Committee of the Board of Trustees shall be fully responsible for taking action on all recommendations.

Does the CIR include academic staff representation?:

Does the CIR include non-academic staff representation?:

Does the CIR include student representation?:

Members of the CIR, including affiliations and role:

The ACIR shall have ten voting members ratified by the President of the University:

• Two members of the faculty, to be nominated by the Faculty Senate, in consultation with the Provost

• Two undergraduate students, to be nominated by Associated Student Government, in consultation with the Vice President for Student Affairs

• Two graduate students, to be nominated by Graduate Leadership Advisory Council, in consultation with the Dean of the Graduate School

• Two alumni, to be nominated by the Alumni Association, in consultation with the Vice President for Alumni Relations and Development

• Two members of the Northwestern staff, to be nominated by Northwestern University Staff Advisory Council (NUSAC), in consultation with the Vice President for Human Resources

Appointments for undergraduate and graduate students shall be for one-year terms; all other appointments shall be for two-year terms, and members may be re-appointed to one-year terms. The Chair of the ACIR, who will serve for one year, shall be appointed by the President from among the voting members. The Chair will have the ability to select a Vice-Chair from among the committee members, to serve for a concurrent one year term.

The Secretary to the Faculty Senate will serve as Secretary to the ACIR. The Secretary to the ACIR will manage all ACIR activities. The Secretary will foster continuity given the natural turnover of ACIR membership and build an institutional bridge between the Investment Office and the ACIR, function as a liason between the community and ACIR, manage the public-facing website, keep all ACIR records, prepare for all internal and public ACIR meetings, and administer the Proxy Exchange platform on behalf of ACIR. The Secretary will be a non-voting administrator of ACIR.

Examples of CIR actions during the previous three years:

Not yet available

Website URL where information about the institution’s committee on investor responsibility is available:

Additional documentation to support the submission:

Data source(s) and notes about the submission:

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