WEST SACRAMENTO, Calif. – The California State Teachers’ Retirement System is celebrating the appointment of its Chief Operating Investment Officer, Debra Smith, to the Public Company Accounting Oversight Board’s Standing Advisory Group. Ms. Smith will represent the investors’ perspective and voice in the advisory group. Her three-year term runs through the end of 2019.
WEST SACRAMENTO, Calif. – Consistent with its commitment to ensuring a financially sound retirement system, the California State Teachers’ Retirement Board today voted to adopt a new set of actuarial assumptions that reflect members’ increasing life expectancies and current economic trends. Today’s decisions were based on the multi-year CalSTRS Experience Analysis, commonly referred to as the experience study, spanning July 1, 2010, through June 30, 2015.
CalSTRS business and investment decisions consider environmental, social and governance implications, also referred to as ESG issues.
CalSTRS is a signatory to the United Nations Principles for Responsible Investment, was part of the UN Global Compact expert working group Investment in Conflict Areas, and is a founding member of the Conflict Risk Network. The Teachers’ Retirement Board also endorses the Principles for Responsible Investment. More than 20 years ago, CalSTRS developed a Statement of Investment Responsibility to help define the role of sustainable investment decisions.
Consistent with its fiduciary responsibilities to CalSTRS members, The Teachers’ Retirement Board has a social and ethical obligation to require that the corporations and entities in which securities are held meet a high standard of conduct and strive for sustainability in their operations. As an active owner, CalSTRS incorporates PRI and other ESG principles into its investment policies and practices. The links below provide an overview of our relevant policies and practices.
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