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Report Card 2008

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Shareholder Engagement

Overview

The Shareholder Engagement category examines how colleges conduct shareholder proxy voting. As investors, colleges have an opportunity to actively consider, as well as vote on, climate change and other sustainability-related shareholder resolutions. Forming a shareholder responsibility committee to advise the trustees allows schools to include students, faculty, and alumni in research and discussion of important corporate policies on sustainability. In addition, such committees offer exceptional educational opportunities at the intersection of policy, business, and sustainability. Points were awarded to schools that had formed such committees as well as for past votes on sustainability-related proxy resolutions (when such records were available).

 

Key Findings

  • Approximately one in eight schools have an advisory committee on shareholder responsibility. Thirteen percent of schools have a committee of multiple stakeholders (e.g. students, faculty, staff, alumni) to help inform the trustees’ decision on shareholder proxy resolutions.

 

  • The average grade for the Shareholder Engagement category was "D-." For a full account of school performance by grade, please refer to the chart on the next page.

 

 

Grading Distribution*

*N/A = Schools in this group reported being fully invested in mutual funds or other commingled investments that do not allow proxy voting. 

Approximately 1 in 8 schools have an advisory committee on shareholder responsibility.
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