2016 News Releases

2016 News Releases

Overview
News release Ricardo Duran

CalSTRS Corporate Governance Achieves 97 percent Success Rate in the Adoption of the Majority Vote Standard
Five-year engagement plan demonstrates better alignment of board and shareholder interests.

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.”

News release Michael Sicilia

CalSTRS Names Sandy Blair Retirement Readiness Director
Blair will oversee CalSTRS’ defined contribution plans, member education and outreach efforts

WEST SACRAMENTO, Calif. – The California State Teachers’ Retirement System today announced the appointment of Sandy Blair to Director of Retirement Readiness. In her new role, Ms. Blair, the director of CalSTRS Defined Contribution Solutions business unit since 2013, will also oversee CalSTRS member benefits education efforts, field benefits operations, and member and employer outreach activities.

News release Michael Sicilia

CalSTRS Investments Studied for Low-Carbon Economy Opportunities

WEST SACRAMENTO, Calif. – The California State Teachers’ Retirement System has released the results of a research study by Mercer examining ways to mitigate investment risk and maximize value in the face of our deteriorating global climate. Investing in a Time of Climate Change: California State Teachers’ Retirement System Portfolio Climate Change Risk Assessment seeks to gain better insight into the various investment implications presented by climate change.

News release Ricardo Duran

CalSTRS Backs the Value of Women in Financial Leadership Roles
“Beyond Talk” networking workshop continues momentum in efforts to advance more women into investment and financial management leadership roles.

WEST SACRAMENTO, Calif. – The California State Teachers’ Retirement System demonstrated its ongoing commitment to “moving the needle” on gender diversity by spearheading the “Beyond Talk: Taking Action to Achieve Gender Balance in the Financial World” networking workshop, along with State Street Global Advisors, on March 8 in San Francisco.

News release Ricardo Duran

CalSTRS to Engage in German Securities Litigation Against Volkswagen AG

WEST SACRAMENTO, Calif. – The California State Teachers’ Retirement System today announced plans to participate in a German securities litigation suit against Volkswagen AG, citing the automaker’s admission that it deliberately installed software that misrepresented air quality and emissions information on millions of so-called “clean diesel” vehicles.

News release Michael Sicilia

CalSTRS Board Member Sharon Hendricks Honored as Advocate of the Year

WEST SACRAMENTO, Calif. – The Faculty Association of California Community Colleges has named Teachers’ Retirement Board Vice-Chair Sharon Hendricks a co-recipient of the John Vasconcellos Advocate of the Year award for 2016. Sharing the honor with Ms. Hendricks is co-recipient Lynn Shaw, an instructor of electrical technology at Long Beach City College.

News release Michael Sicilia

Governor Brown Reappoints Tom Unterman and Nora Vargas to CalSTRS Board

WEST SACRAMENTO, Calif. – Governor Edmund G. Brown announced yesterday the reappointment of Tom Unterman and Nora Vargas to the Teachers’ Retirement Board, which oversees the retirement benefits for California’s K-12 and community college educators covered under the California State Teachers’ Retirement System. Both appointments are subject to Senate confirmation.