Overall Rating Gold
Overall Score 76.71
Liaison Gioia Thompson
Submission Date Feb. 6, 2023

STARS v2.2

University of Vermont
PA-9: Committee on Investor Responsibility

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 2.00 / 2.00 Claire Burlingham
Controllers Office
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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:

The Socially Responsible Investing Advisory Council (SRIAC) is a group of students, faculty, staff, and administrators that makes recommendations to the Vice President for Finance and Administration on sustainability investment at the University of Vermont, including positive investments of operating cash reserves and the Sustainable Campus Fund.

The University of Vermont‘s Statement of Investment Policies and Objectives states the following: “Adherence to these investment strategy objectives does not preclude consideration of moral, ethical and social criteria in selecting investments or participating in shareholder resolutions that address moral, ethical or social issues. However, the core responsibility of the Board is to steward University assets in a manner consistent with prudent fiduciary practices.”

In order to meet the overall responsibility outlined above, SRI has gone through many iterations at the University of Vermont. Currently, the SRI Advisory Council makes recommendations on issues related to socially responsible investing of the endowment to the VP for Finance (VPF) which by the discretion of the VPF are moved forward for consideration to the Investment Subcommittee. In its current form, the SRI Advisory Council serves as a resource to conduct research on issues related to proxy voting, shareholder initiatives, screening and monitoring the University’s existing investment portfolio for indications of social harm.

UVM is dedicated through its intellectual assets in climate change-related programs and initiatives and it has made substantial investment in research, critical to understanding and remediating the adverse impact of global climate change as well as being responsible stewards for the environment in our operational practices as outlined in the Statement by the Investment Subcommittee on Institutional Climate Change initiatives.

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:

Claire Burlingham, Chair and University Controller
Patty Dubie, Administration Representative
Eleanor Churchill, Undergraduate Representative
Emma Wardell, Undergraduate Representative
Eileen Ye, Undergraduate Representative
Meghna Satheesh, Undergraduate Representative
Abby Golitz, Graduate Student Representative
Chapman Matis, Graduate Student Representative
Isabella Butzirus, Staff Representative - College of Medicine
Luce Hillman, Staff Representative, Facilities Management
Charles Schnitzlein, Faculty Representative , Grossman School of Business
Vacant--Faculty Representative
Elizabeth Palchak, Director of Sustainability (non-voting member)
Caylin McCamp, Sustainability Projects Manager (non-voting member)

Examples of CIR actions during the previous three years:

Review proxy votes taken by the University
Review investment decisions taken by ESG investment firm
Discuss opportunities to integrate ESG into retirement fund decisions

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

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