Fall 2015 – WESEF divestment vote
After organizing students in the Faculty of Environment over the preceding Winter and Spring terms, in November of 2015 the Waterloo Environment Students Endowment Fund (WESEF) voted unanimously (minus one abstention) to divest their funds at their Annual General Meeting. Because faculty endowment funds are not managed directly by their own Boards but by the University of Waterloo Board of Governors, this decision is pending enaction. Read more in the Imprint.
Winter 2016 – Faculty support divestment
In support of the WESEF decision, over 60 professors from every faculty at Waterloo wrote an open letter to the Board of Governors. Read more in the Imprint.
Fall 2016 – Environment, Social, and Governance guidelines
In response to the WESEF vote, the Investment and Finance Committee of the UW Board of Governors has struck a committee to draft guidelines on environment, social, and governance (ESG, in corporate social responsibility parlayance) for the University’s investments. They have been working on a Terms of Reference and designing a consultation strategy which Fossil Free will engage. In the meantime, we will continue working at the grassroots to build awareness, support, and action. Read about the ESG process in the Board’s minutes.