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The Sustainability Tracking, Assessment & Rating System™ (STARS) is a transparent, self-reporting framework for colleges and universities to measure their sustainability performance.

Overall Rating Silver
Overall Score 57.39
Liaison Tina Woolston
Submission Date Nov. 12, 2015
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STARS v2.0

Tufts University
PA-9: Employee Compensation

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 1.36 / 3.00 Douglas Ferraro
HR Business Analyst
Human Resources
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Number of employees:
4,746
+ Date Revised: Dec. 17, 2015

Number of staff and faculty covered by sustainable compensation standards, guidelines, or policies; and/or collective bargaining agreements:
124
+ Date Revised: Dec. 17, 2015
+ Date Revised: Dec. 17, 2015
+ Date Revised: Dec. 18, 2015

Does the institution have employees of contractors working on-site as part of regular and ongoing campus operations?:
Yes

Number of employees of contractors working on campus:
200

Number of employees of contractors covered by sustainable compensation standards, guidelines, or policies and/or collective bargaining agreements:
200

A brief description of the sustainable compensation standards, guidelines, or policies; and/or collective bargaining agreements covering staff, faculty and/or employees of contractors:

The collective bargaining agreements are between the custodial contractor (DTZ) and their employees. Parties interested in learning details would need to contact the SEIU 32BJ (http://www.seiu32bj.org/districts/new-england-615/). Tufts does encourage our contractors to make sure that all working conditions are comparable to what Tufts own employees experience to the best of our ability and we do know that no-one was paid an hourly rate that would result in a full time custodian earning less than 120% of the federal poverty rate for a family of 4. Custodial personnel share the same holidays and bonus days off, for example, as our staff, and we have in our custodial contract provisos for the company to purchase cleaning products that are green and good value to the optimal extent possible.

+ Date Revised: Dec. 17, 2015

Does the institution wish to pursue Part 2 of this credit (assessing employee compensation)?:
Yes

Number of staff and faculty that receive sustainable compensation:
3,957
+ Date Revised: Dec. 18, 2015

Number of employees of contractors that receive sustainable compensation:
200
+ Date Revised: Dec. 17, 2015

A brief description of the standard(s) against which compensation was assessed:

Compared to 120% of the 2014 federal poverty rate for a family of 4.

+ Date Revised: Dec. 17, 2015

A brief description of the compensation (wages and benefits) provided to the institution’s lowest paid regular, full-time employees:

Hourly Rate: 11.07 + Benefits 3.27 (fringe rate)
Non-exempt position, benefits eligible


A brief description of the compensation (wages and benefits) provided to the institution’s lowest paid regular, part-time employees:

Hourly Rate: 12.75 + Benefits 3.76 (fringe rate)
Non-exempt position, benefits eligible


A brief description of the compensation (wages and benefits) provided to the institution’s lowest paid temporary (non-regular) staff:

Hourly Rate: 8.00 (increased to 9.00 effective 1/1/15 – not during Fiscal Year 2014)


A brief description of the compensation (wages and benefits) provided to the institution’s lowest paid temporary (non-regular, adjunct or contingent) faculty:

Semi-Monthly: 125.00
Non-benefit eligible Part Time Clinical Assistant Prof who works one hour a week (0.03 FTE)


A brief description of the compensation (wages and benefits) provided to the institution’s lowest paid student employees (graduate and/or undergraduate, as applicable):

Undergraduate Hourly Rate: 8.00 (in January 2015, rate was changed to $9/hr)
Graduate Semi-monthly rate: 125.00


The local legal minimum hourly wage for regular employees:
8 US/Canadian $

Does the institution have an on-site child care facility, partner with a local facility, and/or provide subsidies or financial support to help meet the child care needs of faculty and staff?:
Yes

Does the institution offer a socially responsible investment option for retirement plans?:
Yes

The website URL where information about the institution’s sustainable compensation policies and practices is available:
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Please note that the "Number of employees of contractors working on campus" and "Number of employees of contractors covered by sustainable compensation standards, guidelines, or policies and/or collective bargaining agreements" are approximate.

In January 2015, the MA minimum wage was raised to $9/hr. The minimum wages listed here are based on a reporting period of 2011-2014.

The information presented here is self-reported. While AASHE staff review portions of all STARS reports and institutions are welcome to seek additional forms of review, the data in STARS reports are not verified by AASHE. If you believe any of this information is erroneous or inconsistent with credit criteria, please review the process for inquiring about the information reported by an institution and complete the Data Inquiry Form.