California’s $188 billion teachers’ pension fund is stepping up the pressure on Volkswagen in a European lawsuit over the German automaker’s air-pollution scandal.
The California State Teachers’ Retirement System, the second-largest U.S. public pension fund, has obtained a court order that will enable its attorneys to unearth potentially crucial corporate records relating to Volkswagen’s tainted diesel vehicles.
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”Academic research shows that men and women think, lead and solve problems differently,” according to State Street Global Advisors. ”Research has also indicated that deploying these different approaches in concert can lead to better decisions, greater innovation and potentially, stronger business results.”
The California State Teachers’ Retirement System’s commitment to invest $2.5 billion in a low-carbon index strategy is part of a larger plan to invest its stock portfolio in companies with more sustainable business practices.
The plan also includes increasing the $188.8 billion West Sacramento-based pension fund’s allocation to so-called sustainability managers — which invest in alternative energy companies or companies that are committed to sustainable environmental practices — to $3 billion from $1 billion.
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