Overall Rating Silver - expired
Overall Score 55.91
Liaison Albert Motel
Submission Date Nov. 25, 2014
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STARS v2.0

Villanova University
PA-14: Sustainable Investment

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 0.01 / 4.00 Liesel Schwarz
Sustainability Manager
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Total value of the investment pool:
426,000,000 US/Canadian $

Value of holdings in each of the following categories::
Value of Holdings
Sustainable industries (e.g. renewable energy or sustainable forestry) 732,613 US/Canadian $
Businesses selected for exemplary sustainability performance (e.g. using criteria specified in a sustainable investment policy) 0 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:

Money held in sustainable industries are managed by Commonfund Capital. Commonfund Commonfund Capital, which has managed more than $13.5 billion in committed capital since inception, provides a broad range of private investment partnerships and separate/custom accounts to the global institutional inves¬tor market, including pension plans, endowments, foundations, healthcare institutions and family offices. Commonfund Capital has offered private capital pro¬grams since 1988, and our most recent programs have included partnerships in:
Venture capital
Private equity
Natural resources
Emerging markets
Our staff seeks to provide the finest private capi¬tal programs by partnering with top tier venture capital and private equity firms.

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

A copy of the sustainable investment policy:

The sustainable investment policy:

Does the institution use its sustainable investment policy to select and guide investment managers?:

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

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

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

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

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?:

A copy of the proxy voting guidelines or proxy record:

A brief description of how managers are adhering to proxy voting guidelines:

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?:

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

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

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

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

Although Villanova does not have a socially responsible mutual fund, we do have a student group that invests in socially responsible mutual funds with positive screens. Over the past 3 years, total money held in these funds were as follows: FY11 = $470,632, FY12 = $434,643, and FY13 = $525,596 (these investments are not apart of Villanova's Endowment). It is also worth noting that Villanova was the first socially responsible student managed fund in the country.

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