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Report Card 2011

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Shareholder Engagement

This list of Shareholder Engagement Leaders is comprised of the schools that earned "A" grades in this category. Below is a list of 10 very different institutions that all qualified for the list. These summaries are based on data from each school's profile page.

 

Bryn Mawr College  is unable to vote proxies for the portion of the endowment that is invested in commingled funds. For direct investments, the college provides investment managers with general guidelines that determine its proxy votes.

 

At Brown University , multi-stakeholder advisory committee makes recommendations on proxy voting for environmental and social resolutions. The university asks that its investment managers handle the details of proxy voting for corporate governance resolutions.

 

Haverford College  is unable to vote proxies for most of the endowment, which is invested in mutual funds or other commingled investment vehicles. For applicable investments, an advisory committee including students, faculty, alumni, and trustees makes proxy voting and shareholder resolution recommendations to the board of trustees.

 

The Social Responsibility Advisory Committee at the  University of Pennsylvania includes students, staff, faculty, and administrators. These members make proxy voting recommendations on environmental and social issues to the trustee committee. For corporate governance resolutions, the university asks that its investment managers handle the details of proxy voting.

 

More than 95 percent of Princeton University ’s endowment is in commingled investment vehicles. For separately managed accounts, the university asks that its investment managers handle proxy voting. A multi-stakeholder committee considers and determines the course of action on significant social investment issues according to a specific set of guidelines.

 

All proxies are voted in-house according to Stanford University ’s voting guidelines which support environmental and sustainability issues. Members of the school community are invited to submit “Requests for Review” of the management company’s relationship with any company about which there is cause for concern.

 

The  University of Toronto asks that its investment managers handle the details of proxy voting. A committee that includes student representatives makes recommendations to the investment managers.

 

The  Tulane University  Endowment Fund Proxy Voting Committee, which includes three faculty and seven students, makes proxy voting recommendations to the Investment Management Office.

 

Villanova University ’s advisory committee with one student, seven faculty members, and two administrators makes proxy voting recommendations to the board of trustees.

 

Wesleyan University ’s advisory committee with five students, two faculty, two alumni representatives, and two staff makes proxy voting recommendations to the board of trustees. School community feedback is also incorporated into proxy voting decisions through town hall meetings.

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