Responsibility

UVIMCO is dedicated to investor responsibility as an organization and investors. Responsible investing is incorporated into UVIMCO’s investment strategy by our leadership team and staff. We consider all risks that could impact the performance of UVIMCO’s portfolio, including environmental, social, and governance risks. UVIMCO promotes ESG integration across its portfolio and with its investment managers and is committed to aligning with a net-zero future by 2050.

Approach to Responsible Investing 

In March 2022, UVIMCO announced its Investor Responsibility Framework that was developed by the Advisory Committee on Investor Responsibility, a group of UVIMCO representatives and UVA students, faculty, staff, and alumni tasked with advising UVIMCO on incorporating environmental, social, and governance factors into its investment decisions. The framework will serve as a guide for UVIMCO’s approach to responsible investing and is grounded in the following core initiatives:

  • ESG Integration
    ESG Integration

    UVIMCO is dedicated to incorporating environmental, social, and governance best practices into its investment decisions while maintaining strong long-term returns for the University of Virginia and associated organizations.

  • Net-Zero by 2050
    Net-Zero by 2050

    UVIMCO is committed to transitioning the University’s endowment and other investments in the portfolio to net-zero by 2050.

  • Climate Solutions
    Climate Solutions

    UVIMCO will invest in climate solutions that reduce GHG emissions in the real world. In 2021, UVIMCO committed $150 million to managers dedicated to investing in markets, technologies, and services that support the transition to a net-zero economy and will continue to actively seek investment opportunities in climate solutions to support the reduction of global emissions.

  • Engagement and Transparency
    Engagement and Transparency

    UVIMCO will drive engagement and transparency around emissions and net-zero efforts and effect positive change in material industries through its investments. Directly engaging with external managers, participating in established climate initiatives, proxy voting on direct investments, and investing in activist managers, is the most direct way to have an impact.

Investor Responsibility Report

UVIMCO’s inaugural annual Investor Responsibility Report 2022 details our priorities and progress in advancing investor responsibility efforts across our portfolio.

Advisory Committee on Investors Responsibility

The Advisory Committee on Investor Responsibility (ACIR) serves as a channel to address student, faculty, and alumni concerns and advise UVIMCO’s leadership on appropriate action regarding ESG investment issues and activities.  The ACIR is comprised of seven committee members who are representative of the University community and understand its core values.

To learn more about UVIMCO’s investor responsibility efforts, please contact us.

Partners 

UVIMCO has joined multiple sustainability initiatives to help guide its current approach and increase its collaboration with peers and subject matter experts.