Overall Rating Gold
Overall Score 65.69
Liaison Jennifer Kleindienst
Submission Date April 5, 2023

STARS v2.2

Wesleyan University
PA-10: Sustainable Investment

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 1.67 / 5.00 Brett Salafia
Director of Operations and Sr. Investment Associate
Investment Office
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Total value of the investment pool:
1,700,000,000 US/Canadian $

Value of holdings in each of the following categories:
Value of holdings
Sustainable industries (e.g., renewable energy or sustainable forestry) 0 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 funds funded from the endowment 0 US/Canadian $

A brief description of the companies, funds, and/or institutions referenced above:
N/A - The Investment Office declined to submit any information on value of holdings. Endowment value is as of 3/31/2022.

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

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

A copy of the sustainable investment policy:

The sustainable investment policy:
A resolution passed by the Board of Trustees in 2015, with input from the Wesleyan Committee for Investor Responsibility, states that “in selecting external managers or considering direct investments,” the Investment Committee should “consider environmental, social and governance factors as part of their investment process.”

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

A brief description of how the sustainable investment policy is applied:
As a result of the resolution, the investments staff incorporates an ESG section in every investment memo to the Investment Committee highlighting potential Environmental, Social and Governance issues associated with the proposed partnership.

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:
The Committee for Investor Responsibility has done all proxy voting for the Investment Office.

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 participate in a public divestment effort and/or have a publicly available investment policy with negative screens?:

A brief description of the divestment effort or negative screens and how they have been implemented:
Wesleyan will no longer seek out managers specifically to invest in oil and gas in order to balance its portfolio as a whole. https://roth.blogs.wesleyan.edu/2019/09/17/climate-concerns-and-climate-action/ https://newsletter.blogs.wesleyan.edu/2020/03/09/wesleyan-vows-to-divest-from-fossil-fuel-investments-by-the-end-of-the-decade/ Objective 1.6 of Sustainability Plan: https://www.wesleyan.edu/sustainability/commitments/ssp.html

Approximate percentage of endowment that the divestment effort and/or negative screens apply to:

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

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

Website URL where information about the institution’s sustainable investment efforts is available:
Additional documentation to support the submission:

Data source(s) and notes about the submission:

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