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University of Ottawa

PRI reporting framework 2019

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Promoting responsible investment

SG 09. Collaborative organisations / initiatives

09.1. Select the collaborative organisation and/or initiatives of which your organisation is a member or in which it participated during the reporting year, and the role you played.

Select all that apply

Your organisation’s role in the initiative during the reporting period (see definitions)

Provide a brief commentary on the level of your organisation’s involvement in the initiative. [Optional]

  • Dialogued maintained with PRI to understand Responsible Investment best practice amongst asset owners
  • A Responsible Investment development plan was recommended for Investment Staff and a formal Responsible Investment education session was held for Investment Committee members
  • A position paper by the University was made public regarding the University's response to climate change issues: "Addressing Global Warming", a report that outlines how the University will continue to take a leadership role on climate change. ​With respect to its investment activities:
    • This includes a planned reduction in the carbon footprint of the University's investment portfolio 
    • Funds have been earmarked towards providing seed capital for investing in clean technology
          - Pension Investment Association of Canada (PIAC)
- Montreal Carbon Pledge
        

Your organisation’s role in the initiative during the reporting year (see definitions)

Provide a brief commentary on the level of your organisation’s involvement in the initiative. [Optional]

  • Montreal Carbon Pledge: annual measurement and reporting on the carbon emissions produced across the University's investment portfolios
  • Pension Investment Association of Canada (PIAC): participation in surveys

  • Canadian Association of University Business Officers (CAUBO): participation in surveys

          Campus-wide environmental initiative
        

Your organisation’s role in the initiative during the reporting year (see definitions)

Provide a brief commentary on the level of your organisation’s involvement in the initiative. [Optional]

uOttawa has a well-established standard of excellence in managing and reducing its own environmental impact. Sustainability initiatives on the campus date back to 1974 when the first engineer was hired to manage campus energy consumption. The University of Ottawa was one of the first Canadian campuses to ban bottled water and last week won a 2015 Ontario Minister’s Award for Environmental Excellence.

Today, uOttawa’s objective is to become a Zero Waste campus. Ambitious goals have been set to reduce consumption of water and fossil fuel energy, as well as greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions, despite continued campus growth of both its population and buildings.


SG 09.2. Assets managed by PRI signatories (Private)


SG 10. Promoting RI independently

10.1. Indicate if your organisation promotes responsible investment, independently of collaborative initiatives.

10.2. Indicate the actions your organisation has taken to promote responsible investment independently of collaborative initiatives. Provide a description of your role in contributing to the objectives of the selected action and the typical frequency of your participation/contribution.

Description

          Responsible Investment education sessions provided to Investment Committee members
        

Frequency of contribution

Description

          Various academic programs, research fellowships and seminars at the University are contributing to the discussion around climate change and/or Responsible Investment issues:

http://www.uottawa.ca/administration-and-governance/sites/www.uottawa.ca.administration-and-governance/files/06b_-_global_warming_en_final.pdf

http://www.telfer.uottawa.ca/research/en/outcomes-and-impact/1098-telfer-school-professor-studies-responsible-investing-of-pension-assets

http://www.telfer.uottawa.ca/research/en/events/1076-research-impacts-seminar-series-presents-responsible-finance-esg-integration-and-investor-relations-in-france
        

Frequency of contribution

Description

          Various academic programs, research fellowships and seminars at the University are contributing to the discussion around climate change and/or Responsible Investment issues:

http://www.uottawa.ca/administration-and-governance/sites/www.uottawa.ca.administration-and-governance/files/06b_-_global_warming_en_final.pdf

http://www.telfer.uottawa.ca/research/en/outcomes-and-impact/1098-telfer-school-professor-studies-responsible-investing-of-pension-assets

http://www.telfer.uottawa.ca/research/en/events/1076-research-impacts-seminar-series-presents-responsible-finance-esg-integration-and-investor-relations-in-france
        

Frequency of contribution

Description

          Various academic programs, research fellowships and seminars at the University are contributing to the discussion around climate change and/or Responsible Investment issues:

http://www.uottawa.ca/administration-and-governance/sites/www.uottawa.ca.administration-and-governance/files/06b_-_global_warming_en_final.pdf

http://www.telfer.uottawa.ca/research/en/outcomes-and-impact/1098-telfer-school-professor-studies-responsible-investing-of-pension-assets

http://www.telfer.uottawa.ca/research/en/events/1076-research-impacts-seminar-series-presents-responsible-finance-esg-integration-and-investor-relations-in-france
        

Frequency of contribution

Description

          Various academic programs, research fellowships and seminars at the University are contributing to the discussion around climate change and/or Responsible Investment issues:

http://www.uottawa.ca/administration-and-governance/sites/www.uottawa.ca.administration-and-governance/files/06b_-_global_warming_en_final.pdf

http://www.telfer.uottawa.ca/research/en/outcomes-and-impact/1098-telfer-school-professor-studies-responsible-investing-of-pension-assets

http://www.telfer.uottawa.ca/research/en/events/1076-research-impacts-seminar-series-presents-responsible-finance-esg-integration-and-investor-relations-in-france
        

Frequency of contribution

Description

          Various academic programs, research fellowships and seminars at the University are contributing to the discussion around climate change and/or Responsible Investment issues:

http://www.uottawa.ca/administration-and-governance/sites/www.uottawa.ca.administration-and-governance/files/06b_-_global_warming_en_final.pdf

http://www.telfer.uottawa.ca/research/en/outcomes-and-impact/1098-telfer-school-professor-studies-responsible-investing-of-pension-assets

http://www.telfer.uottawa.ca/research/en/events/1076-research-impacts-seminar-series-presents-responsible-finance-esg-integration-and-investor-relations-in-france
        

Frequency of contribution

specify description

          Investment Manager Selection & Monitoring
        

Description

          Assess ESG capability of managers upon initial hiring and during on-going reviews (eg. how ESG criteria is integrated in the research process and level of shareholder advocacy/portfolio company engagement)
        

Frequency of contribution

10.3. Describe any additional actions and initiatives that your organisation has taken part in during the reporting year to promote responsible investment [Optional]

Among its initiatives, uOttawa will create a Clean Innovations Fund, one of the largest sustainable investment funds among Canadian universities, and transfer $10 million of its long-term portfolio to provide seed capital for investing in clean technologies. 

Futhermore, uOttawa is implementing low carbon strategies where deemed appropriate with an expected glidepath of future investments in the "clean" space to be expanded to other asset classes. 

 


SG 11. Dialogue with public policy makers or standard setters (Private)


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