Overall Rating Gold
Overall Score 66.07
Liaison Mark Maxwell
Submission Date Feb. 25, 2016
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STARS v2.0

University of California, Merced
PA-14: Sustainable Investment

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 1.77 / 4.00 Amy Jaffe
CIO Senior Advisor, Energy and Sustainability
Chief Investment Office
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Total value of the investment pool:
9500000000 US/Canadian $

Value of holdings in each of the following categories::
Value of Holdings
Sustainable industries (e.g. renewable energy or sustainable forestry) 150000000 US/Canadian $
Businesses selected for exemplary sustainability performance (e.g. using criteria specified in a sustainable investment policy) ---
Sustainability investment funds (e.g. a renewable energy or impact investment fund) ---
Community development financial institutions (CDFIs) or the equivalent ---
Socially responsible mutual funds with positive screens (or the equivalent) ---
Green revolving loan funds that are funded from the endowment ---

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

Investments in sustainable forestry funds and clean energy investments via funds.

+ Date Revised: July 26, 2016

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

A copy of the sustainable investment policy:
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The sustainable investment policy:
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:

We are soliciting the ESG policies of all of our external investment managers and communicating to them about our ESG policy and new restrictions for public securities they cannot buy on our behalf.


Does the institution's sustainable investment policy include negative screens?:
Yes

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

In addition to Regent policies, the Office of the Chief Investment Officer of the Regents has opted to eliminate its holdings in firms whose primary business is coal mining, oil sands investment and development and private prison companies. The Office of the Chief Investment Officer of the Regents also has a negative screen on securities of firms who manufacture guns for the U.S. market and who have not endorsed the Sandy Hook principles for responsible business. This disinvestment came after a careful internal ESG risk evaluation process under the new Sustainable Investing framework.
Regent Policy 6301: POLICY TO EXCLUDE SECURITIES OF COMPANIES MANUFACTURING TOBACCO PRODUCTS FROM INDEX FUNDS AND TO CONTINUE EXISTING EXCLUSION FROM ACTIVELY MANAGED FUNDS
http://regents.universityofcalifornia.edu/policies/6301.html
Regents Policy 6302: POLICY ON DIVESTMENT OF UNIVERSITY HOLDINGS IN COMPANIES WITH BUSINESS OPERATIONS IN SUDAN
http://regents.universityofcalifornia.edu/policies/6302.html


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

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?:
Yes

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:

The University’s proxies are managed and voted by a third party service provider using their SRI proxy voting guidelines:
http://www.issgovernance.com/file/2014_Policies/2014ISSSRIUSAGuidelines.pdf & http://www.issgovernance.com/file/2014_Policies/2014SRIInternational.pdf


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:

The UC Office of the Chief Investment Officer participated in a meeting hosted by the World Economic Forum on investors and climate risk, among other engagements with corporations. The Office of the Chief Investment Officer is also collaborating in the Breakthrough Energy Coalition.


Does the institution engage in policy advocacy by participating in investor networks and/or engaging in inter-organizational collaborations to share best practices?:
Yes

A brief description of the investor networks and/or collaborations:

UC is an active member of:
• Principles for Responsible Investment
• Ceres Investor Network on Climate Risk
• CDP (formerly Carbon Disclosure Project)
Sustainability web content is under construction to share information about the UC sustainable investment efforts.
Participant: Breakthrough Energy Coalition
Participant: US Aligned Intermediary


The website URL where information about the institution's sustainable investment efforts is available:

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