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.
WEST SACRAMENTO, Calif. – The California State Teachers’ Retirement System today released its 2015 Corporate Governance Annual Report highlighting a successful engagement plan, which resulted in 375 companies adopting a majority vote standard.
“In 2010, CalSTRS’ Corporate Governance program implemented an engagement plan focused on 26 smaller cap companies,” said CalSTRS Director of Corporate Governance Anne Sheehan. “And, as a result of the effort, 80 percent of those companies moved from a plurality to a majority vote standard.”
WEST SACRAMENTO, Calif. – The California State Teachers’ Retirement System’s (CalSTRS) Corporate Governance 2014 Annual Report shows its engagement with small-cap companies yielded remarkable progress in the adoption of majority voting standards for the election of corporate directors.
The Corporate Governance 2014 Annual Report reflects four years of work with small-cap companies—those with a capitalization of $2 billion or less—to adopt the majority-vote standard. The standard requires directors to receive a majority of shareholder support to be elected to the board.
WEST SACRAMENTO, Calif. – The California State Teachers’ Retirement System announced today that it waged a highly successful proxy season campaign to advance the majority vote standard in board of director elections at public companies. CalSTRS engaged 106 companies, 94 of which adopted the standard before it went to a vote.
WEST SACRAMENTO, Calif. – CalSTRS Chief Executive Officer, Jack Ehnes issued the following statement on the draft release of the Paris Agreement under the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change as part of the Conference of the Parties in Paris, France:
WEST SACRAMENTO, Calif. – The California State Teachers’ Retirement System’s Corporate Governance staff wrapped up this year’s proxy season where the dominant governance issue was proxy access. Proxy access made up more than 28 percent of the governance proposals compared to 6 percent in 2013–14.
WEST SACRAMENTO, CA – Yesterday, the Securities and Exchange Commission released a proposed rule that would require all public companies to disclose a comparison of the Chief Executive Officer’s (CEO) compensation to that of the median income of company employees—otherwise known as pay ratio disclosure.
WEST SACRAMENTO, CA – The California State Teachers’ Retirement System (CalSTRS) released, “Lessons Learned: The Inaugural Year of Say-on-Pay,” its analysis of shareholders’ ability to vote on executive compensation, known as say-on-pay, during the 2011 proxy season.
WEST SACRAMENTO, CA– The California State Teachers’ Retirement System (CalSTRS) announced today it will vote against the advisory vote approving executive compensation and the election of all incumbent board members at Occidental Petroleum’s (NYSE: OXY) 2010 Annual Meeting in Los Angeles on May 7.
WEST SACRAMENTO, Calif. – The California State Teachers’ Retirement System and the California Public Employees’ Retirement System today announced the Diverse Director DataSource (3D) will now be available through the Equilar Diversity Network.
We are writing today to inform you of our intention to vote against the Board’s amendment to the Bank of America bylaws, which would provide for either an independent Chair or a Lead Independent Director. We have stated many times in previous correspondence that CalSTRS fundamentally supports a leadership structure with an independent Chair. We believe the roles of CEO and Chair of the Board, have inherent conflicts which require the two posts to be separate and independent.
WEST SACRAMENTO, Calif. – The California State Teachers’ Retirement System’s (CalSTRS) Investment Committee today updated their Corporate Governance Principles to expand the definition of board diversity to include sexual orientation and gender identity.
CalSTRS is one of the founders of the Investor Stewardship Group. The ISG is a collective of some of the largest U.S.-based institutional investors and global asset managers, along with several of their international counterparts. It was formed to develop a sustained initiative to establish a framework of basic standards of investment stewardship and corporate governance for U.S. institutional investor and boardroom conduct. The ISG is being led by the senior corporate governance practitioners at institutional investor and investment management firms.
The ISG brings all types of investors together to enable them to speak with one voice on these fundamental issues of corporate governance and investment stewardship.
WEST SACRAMENTO, Calif. – Seven years after initiating its green bonds program, the California State Teachers’ Retirement System is poised for continued portfolio growth and holdings expansion, as reflected in the 10th annual Green Initiatives Task Force Report released yesterday.
WEST SACRAMENTO, Calif. – California State Teachers’ Retirement System’s (CalSTRS) eighth annual Green Initiative Task Force 2014 Annual Report shows an almost 300 percent increase in green bond purchases within the Fixed Income portfolio. This year, the Teachers’ Retirement Board identified sustainable investing as a key, strategic priority, which is reflected in the report and other initiatives.
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