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1 PA 14: Sustainable Investment 4 pints available A. Credit Ratinale This credit recgnizes institutins that use their investment pwer t prmte sustainability. There are a variety f appraches an institutin can take tward sustainable investment, including making psitive investments that prmte sustainability and engaging with cmpanies in which they already hld investments. Psitive investing supprts scially and envirnmentally respnsible practices and the develpment f sustainable prducts and services. Active investr engagement can help align an institutin s investments with its values, prtect the institutin frm the financial cnsequences f fines, lawsuits, custmer byctts and damages t a cmpany s reputatin that may result frm unsustainable crprate behavir, and imprve the sustainability perfrmance f the businesses it invests in. Bth types f activities cntribute tward a mre just and sustainable financial system. B. Criteria There are tw pssible appraches t this credit; institutins may pursue ne r bth. Institutins fr which investments are handled by the university system, a separate fundatin f the institutin and/r a management cmpany cntracted by the institutin shuld reprt n the cmbined activities f thse entities. Optin 1: Psitive Sustainability Investment Institutin invests in ne r mre f the fllwing: Sustainable industries (e.g. renewable energy r sustainable frestry). This may include any investment directly in an entire industry sectr as well as hldings f cmpanies whse entire business is sustainable (e.g. a manufacturer f wind turbines). Businesses selected fr exemplary sustainability perfrmance (e.g. using criteria specified in a sustainable investment plicy). This includes investments made, at least in part, because f a cmpany's scial r envirnmental perfrmance. Existing stck in a cmpany that happens t have scially r envirnmentally respnsible practices shuld nt be included unless the investment decisin was based, at least in part, n the cmpany's sustainability perfrmance. Sustainability investment funds (e.g. a renewable energy r impact investment fund). This may include any fund with a missin f investing in a sustainable sectr r industry (r multiple sectrs), as well as any fund that is fcused n purchasing bnds with sustainable gals. Cmmunity develpment financial institutins (CDFI) r the equivalent (including funds that invest primarily in CDFIs r the equivalent). Scially respnsible mutual funds with psitive screens (r the equivalent). Investment in a scially respnsible fund with nly negative screens (i.e. ne that STARS 2.0 Technical Manual 297 PA Investment

2 excludes egregius ffenders r certain industries, such as tbacc r weapns manufacturing) des nt cunt fr Optin 1. Green revlving lan funds that are funded frm the endwment Optin 2: Investr Engagement Institutin has plicies and/r practices that meet ne r mre f the fllwing criteria: Has a publicly available sustainable investment plicy (e.g. t cnsider the scial and/r envirnmental impacts f investment decisins in additin t financial cnsideratins) Uses its sustainable investment plicy t select and guide investment managers Has engaged in prxy vting t prmte sustainability, either by its CIR r ther cmmittee r thrugh the use f guidelines, during the previus three years Has filed r c-filed ne r mre sharehlder reslutins that address sustainability r submitted ne r mre letters abut scial r envirnmental respnsibility t a cmpany in which it hlds investments, during the previus three years Has a publicly available investment plicy with negative screens, fr example t prhibit investment in an industry (e.g. tbacc r weapns manufacturing) r participate in a divestment effrt (e.g. targeting fssil fuel prductin r human rights vilatins) Engages in plicy advcacy by participating in investr netwrks (e.g. Principles fr Respnsible Investment, Investr Netwrk n Climate Risk, Interfaith Center n Crprate Respnsibility) and/r engages in inter-rganizatinal cllabratins t share best practices C. Applicability This credit applies t institutins with endwments f US $1 millin r larger. Institutins with endwments less than US $1 millin may chse t mit this credit. STARS 2.0 Technical Manual 298 PA Investment

3 D. Scring An institutin earns the maximum f 4 pints available fr this credit by investing 30 percent f its investment pl sustainably and meeting all f the investr engagement criteria listed in Optin 2 (abve) r by investing 60 percent f its investment pl in ne r mre f ways listed in Optin 1. Incremental pints are available fr Optin 1 and partial pints are available fr Optin 2. Each ptin is scred as fllws: Optin 1. Psitive Sustainability Investment An institutin earns the maximum f 4 pints available in Optin 1 by investing 60 percent f its investment pl in ne r mre f the ways listed abve. Incremental pints are awarded based n the percentage f the institutin s investment pl that is invested sustainably. Fr example, an institutin that invested 30 percent f its investment pl sustainably wuld earn 2 pints (half f the pints available in Optin 1). Pints earned under Optin 1 f this credit are calculated accrding t the fllwing table: Enter values as indicated belw t calculate pints earned using Optin 1 Pints will be calculated autmatically when data are entered in the STARS nline Reprting Tl Factr Multiply Value f Psitive Sustainability Divide Ttal Value f the Investment Pl Ttal Pints Earned fr Optin 1 6 = (up t 4 available) Optin 2. Investr Engagement pint is awarded fr each f the plicies r practices listed. An institutin with all f the plicies and practices listed earns the maximum f 2 pints available fr Part 2. Ttal pints earned fr this credit are calculated accrding t the fllwing table: Enter values as indicated belw t calculate pints earned fr this credit Pints will be calculated autmatically when data are entered in the STARS nline Reprting Tl Pints Earned in Optin 1: Psitive Sustainability Add Pints Earned in Optin 2: Investr Engagement Ttal Pints (up t 4 available) + (up t 2 available) = (up t 4 available) STARS 2.0 Technical Manual 299 PA Investment

4 Scring Example: Sustainable Investment Mdel Cllege s investment pl ttals $100 millin. The cllege invests $20 millin in sustainable industries and cmmunity develpment financial institutins. The cllege als engages as an investr in 3 ways, by: (1) having a sustainable investment plicy; (2) using its plicy t select and engage its investment managers; and (3) participating in the Investr Netwrk n Climate Risk. Optin 1. Psitive Sustainability Investment Factr Multiply Value f Psitive Sustainability Divide Ttal Value f the Investment Pl Ttal Pints Earned fr Optin millin 100 millin = 1.33 Optin 2. Investr Engagement pint is awarded fr each f the plicies r practices listed fr a ttal f 1 pint. Ttal pints earned fr this credit are calculated accrding t the fllwing table: Pints Earned in Optin 1: Psitive Sustainability Add Pints Earned in Optin 2: Investr Engagement Ttal Pints = 2.33 STARS 2.0 Technical Manual 300 PA Investment

5 E. Reprting Fields Required Ttal value f the investment pl (US/Canadian dllars) Value f hldings in each f the fllwing categries: Sustainable industries (US/Canadian dllars) Businesses selected fr exemplary sustainability perfrmance (US/Canadian dllars) Sustainability investment funds (US/Canadian dllars) Cmmunity develpment financial institutins (CDFI) r the equivalent (US/Canadian dllars) Scially respnsible mutual funds with psitive screens r the equivalent (US/Canadian dllars) Green revlving funds funded frm the endwment (US/Canadian dllars) An indicatin f whether the institutin has a publicly available sustainable investment plicy An indicatin f whether the institutin uses its sustainable investment plicy t select and guide investment managers An indicatin f whether the institutin has engaged in prxy vting, either by its CIR r ther cmmittee r thrugh the use f guidelines, t prmte sustainability during the previus three years An indicatin f whether the institutin has filed r c-filed ne r mre sharehlder reslutins that address sustainability r submitted ne r mre letters abut scial r envirnmental respnsibility t a cmpany in which it hlds investments during the previus three years An indicatin f whether the institutin has a publicly available investment plicy with negative screens An indicatin f whether the institutin engages in plicy advcacy by participating in investr netwrks and/r engages in inter-rganizatinal cllabratins t share best practices An affirmatin that the submitted infrmatin is accurate t the best f a respnsible party s knwledge and cntact infrmatin fr the respnsible party. The respnsible party shuld be a staff member, faculty member, r administratr wh can respnd t questins regarding the data nce submitted and available t the public. STARS 2.0 Technical Manual 301 PA Investment

6 Cnditinal Required if the institutin is reprting psitive sustainability investments: A brief descriptin f the cmpanies, funds, and/r institutins referenced abve. Specific disclsure f hldings (e.g. fund r cmpany names) is nt required; general infrmatin abut the industries r fund types represented by the hldings is sufficient. Required if the institutin has a publicly available sustainability investment plicy: A cpy f the plicy (text r PDF uplad) Required if the institutin is reprting using its sustainable investment plicy t select and guide investment managers: A brief descriptin f hw the plicy is applied, including recent examples Required if the institutin is reprting prxy vting: A cpy f the prxy vting guidelines r prxy recrd r a brief descriptin f hw managers are adhering t plicy (text r PDF uplad) Required if the institutin has engaged with crpratins in its prtfli abut sustainability issues during the previus three years: Examples f hw the institutin has engaged with crpratins in its prtfli abut sustainability issues during the previus three years Required if the institutin has an investment plicy with negative screens: A brief descriptin f the negative screens and hw they have been implemented Apprximate percentage f endwment that the negative screens apply t (0-100) Required if the institutin engages in plicy advcacy by participating in investr netwrks and/r inter-rganizatinal cllabratins: A brief descriptin f the investr netwrks and/r cllabratins Optinal The website URL where infrmatin abut the institutin's sustainable investment effrts is available Ntes abut the submissin F. Measurement Timeframe Reprt n current plicies and actins taken within the three years prir t the anticipated date f submissin. STARS 2.0 Technical Manual 302 PA Investment

7 Sampling and Data Standards Optin 1 Reprt n a snapsht f the entire investment prtfli. Reprting n a sample f the endwment r a special fund f the endwment is nt allwed fr this credit. Institutins shuld strive t reprt n a representative snapsht. Institutins fr which investments are handled by the university system, a separate fundatin f the institutin and/r a management cmpany cntracted by the institutin shuld reprt n the cmbined activities f thse entities t the extent pssible and dcument any anmalies under Ntes abut the submissin. Optin 2 Institutins fr which investments are handled by the university system, a separate fundatin f the institutin and/r a management cmpany cntracted by the institutin shuld reprt n the cmbined activities f thse entities. STARS 2.0 Technical Manual 303 PA Investment

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