Overall Rating Silver
Overall Score 61.14
Liaison Jeff Spoelstra
Submission Date Feb. 28, 2019
Executive Letter Download

STARS v2.1

Western Michigan University
PA-9: Sustainable Investment

Status Score Responsible Party
0.59 / 4.00 Nick Griffith
Investment Officer
Investments and Endowment Management Office
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Does the institution wish to pursue Option 1 (positive sustainability investment)?:
Yes

Total value of the investment pool:
808,693,497 US/Canadian $

Value of holdings in each of the following categories:
Value of Holdings
Sustainable industries (e.g. renewable energy or sustainable forestry) 45,270,845 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) 25,860,489 US/Canadian $
Green revolving loan funds that are funded from the endowment ---

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

The following are descriptions of funds held which include holdings in sustainable industries:

Fund of funds: Underlying investments in 10-15 funds. Invests in a diversified portfolio of natural resource funds predominantly in North America

Fund of Funds: Underlying investments in 10-15 funds. Invests in a diversified portfolio of natural resource funds predominantly in North America

Fixed Income Mutual Fund: High Yield Bond fund; Invests primarily in non-investment grade bonds with maturities of 10 years or less

Equity Collective trust fund: Seeks to replicate the performance of the MSCI World Index

REIT fund: Invests in companies that operate, develop or manage real estate. Diversified across regions and capitalization structure

Private Equity Fund of Funds: Underlying investments in 20-30 funds. Primarily buyout and special situation funds including secondary investments in Europe and Asia

Emerging Markets Equity Mutual Fund: Invests in a diversified portfolio of emerging market stocks trading at a discount to the overall market (as measured by price-to-book value)

Global Equity Mutual Fund – diversified global stock market portfolio

International Equity Mutual Fund - broad exposure across foreign developed markets via a large multi- cap portfolio

International Equity Mutual Fund: Invests in a diversified portfolio of international small market capitalization stocks trading at a discount to the overall market (as measured by price-to-book value)

US Equity Mutual Fund – diversified domestic core equity portfolio

US Equity Mutual Fund: Invests in a diversified portfolio of domestic small market capitalization stocks trading at a discount to the overall market (as measured by price-to-book value)

Farmland Fund I: Private fund with experienced management team that opportunistically acquires high quality operating farmland located throughout the U.S.

Farmland Fund II: Private fund with experienced management team that opportunistically acquires high quality operating farmland located throughout the U.S.

MSCI Brazil ETF – Exposure to large and mid-sized companies in Brazil; Targeted access to the Brazilian stock market

Russell 2000 Index ETF – Portfolio of small public U.S. companies; access to 2000 small-cap domestic stocks in a single fund

Fixed Income Mutual Fund - Short Duration Bond Fund

Core Bond Trust – Portfolio of core bonds

Senior Floating Rate Fund – Portfolio of bank loans

Royalties Fund 1: Royalty interest investor, primarily of natural gas. Majority of the interests are purchased in the U.S.

Royalties Fund 2: Royalty interest investor, primarily of natural gas. Majority of the interests are purchased in the U.S.

Royalties Fund 3: Royalty interest investor, primarily of natural gas. Majority of the interests are purchased in the U.S.

Micro Cap Equity Fund: A concentrated portfolio of micro cap stocks with favorable cash flow characteristics, earnings improvement and broad sector diversification

International Equity Mutual Fund: Invests in international stocks. As opposed to market cap weighting, stocks are weighted based on fundamental measures (cash flow, book value, sales, etc.)

US Equity Mutual Fund: Invests in stocks of the S&P 500. As opposed to market cap weighting, stocks are weighted based on fundamental measures (cash flow, book value, sales, etc.)

Private Real Estate Fund: Diversified private natural resource strategy investing across agriculture, land, timber and quarry opportunities

Russell 2000 Non-Lendable Common Trust Fund - Portfolio of small public U.S. companies; access to 2000 small-cap domestic stocks in a single fund

S&P 500 Common Trust Fund - Invests in the 500 stocks that comprise the S&P 500 index, in market cap- weighted proportions

S&P Mid Cap Index Fund – CTF tracking the performance of medium-sized U.S. companies

Global Real Estate ETF – REIT fund

The following are descriptions of the socially responsible mutual funds held with positive screens:

US Equity Sustainability Mutual Fund: US fund that introduces screens based on a “companies ratings framework”. The framework includes both negative and positive screens and embraces factors such as: Negative factors: issues relating to hazardous waste, ozone depleting chemicals, regulatory problems etc.
Positive factors: environmental management system, pollution prevention, recycling etc.

International Equity Sustainability Mutual Fund: International developed fund that introduces screens based on a “companies ratings framework”. The framework includes both negative and positive screens and embraces factors such as:
Negative factors: issues relating to hazardous waste, ozone depleting chemicals, regulatory problems etc.
Positive factors: environmental management system, pollution prevention, recycling etc.


Percentage of the institution's investment pool in positive sustainability investments:
8.80

Does the institution wish to pursue Option 2 (investor engagement)?:
No

Does the institution have a publicly available sustainable investment policy?:
No

A copy of the sustainable investment policy:
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The sustainable investment policy:
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Does the institution use its sustainable investment policy to select and guide investment managers?:
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A brief description of how the policy is applied, including recent examples:
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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?:
No

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:
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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?:
No

Examples of how the institution has engaged with corporations in its portfolio about sustainability issues during the previous three years:
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Does the institution have a publicly available investment policy with negative screens?:
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A brief description of the negative screens and how they have been implemented:
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Approximate percentage of the endowment that the negative screens apply to:
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Does the institution engage in policy advocacy by participating in investor networks and/or engage in inter-organizational collaborations to share best practices?:
No

A brief description of the investor networks and/or collaborations:
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The website URL where information about the programs or initiatives is available:
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Additional documentation to support the submission:
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