Overall Rating Silver - expired
Overall Score 61.29
Liaison Seth Vidana
Submission Date Feb. 6, 2013
Executive Letter Download

STARS v1.2

Western Washington University
PAE-17: Shareholder Advocacy

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 5.00 / 5.00 Teresa Mroczkiewicz
WWU Finance
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Has the institution filed or co-filed one or more shareholder resolutions that address sustainability during the past three years?:

Has the institution submitted one or more letters about social or environmental responsibility to a company in which it holds investments during the previous three years?:

Has the institution conducted a negative screening of its entire investment pool within the last three years?:

A brief description of how the institution (or its foundation) has engaged in shareholder advocacy that promotes sustainability during the previous 3 years. :

WWU’s active Clearbridge SAIS...

Consider issues relating to work-force diversity, worklife balance, employee retention and training, employee benefits and compensation, labor relations, outsourcing, and foreign sourcing. Consider issues relating to mission-related philanthropy, volunteerism, human rights responsiveness, and public policy engagement. Consider such issues as regulatory compliance, occupational/ workplace safety, environmental “footprint,” eco-efficiency, product safety, pollution prevention, life cycle analysis. Consider such issues as management structure, board com-position, governance guidelines, transparency, disclosure.

Standard Avoidance Screening
SAI’s standard avoidance screens are designed to restrict exposure to specific industries and/or
sectors, based on product offerings or business practices. Standard avoidance screens include:
• Tobacco, which excludes companies that have significant involvement in the manufacture of tobacco products
• Alcohol, which excludes companies that have significant involvement in the manufacture of alcoholic beverages
• Gambling, which excludes companies that have significant involvement in the provision of gaming services
• Weapons/Defense, which excludes companies that have significant involvement in the manufacture of firearms, ammunition, or other weapons, as well as companies that have significant weapons-related contracts with the Department of Defense/Department of Energy
• Nuclear Power, which excludes companies that have significant involvement in the production of nuclear power

Investments in other companies also may be excluded. The SAI team determines what is “significant” for avoidance screening purposes and may decide on different screening approaches for different companies and different sectors.

Standard Supportive or Affirmative Screening
SAI’s standard supportive or affirmative screens are applied to all portfolios in the SAI Program
to help identify those companies that, on balance, understand and respond to the sociocultural factors arising in their operating arena which, in turn, could affect their competitive position, risk profile, and future growth opportunities. This determination is made through a “best of class” analysis of a company’s culture, management systems, policies, and performance track record, drawing on information from the companies themselves, advocacy organizations, government agencies, and/or public policy institutes.

The website URL where information about the negative screen, divestment effort, and/or direct engagement with companies in which the institution holds investments is available:

The information presented here is self-reported. While AASHE staff review portions of all STARS reports and institutions are welcome to seek additional forms of review, the data in STARS reports are not verified by AASHE. If you believe any of this information is erroneous or inconsistent with credit criteria, please review the process for inquiring about the information reported by an institution and complete the Data Inquiry Form.