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.
The Teachers’ Retirement Board is charged with maintaining a strong, stable fund in order to pay benefits to CalSTRS members and their survivors. To fulfill that responsibility, the board understands the CalSTRS portfolio as the foundation of our members’ retirement security and that good corporate governance is essential to the safety of the portfolio.
All activities of the Corporate Governance program are guided by the CalSTRS Corporate Governance Principles. The principles not only lay the foundation of our proxy voting activities but all of the activities including corporate engagements and market-wide governance initiatives.
CalSTRS Corporate Governance program is focused on the following strategic objectives:
As a large and long-term investor, CalSTRS is in a position to exert influence on the corporations in which it has invested. CalSTRS appreciates and, with prudence and care, uses its opportunity to vote on decisions affecting the guidance and well-being of those investments.
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