WEST SACRAMENTO, Calif. (May 11, 2018) – The trustees of the California State Teachers’ Retirement System yesterday elected Dana Dillon as board chair and Sharon Hendricks as vice chair for the 2018-19 term. The Teachers’ Retirement Board nominates and elects its chair and vice chair annually. The newly-elected officers assume their posts immediately. The chair and vice chair provide board leadership for the largest educator-only pension fund in the world.
WEST SACRAMENTO, Calif. (May 10, 2018) – The Teachers’ Retirement Board today adopted the results of the actuarial valuation for the CalSTRS Defined Benefit Program as of June 30, 2017, reflecting impacts from investment assumption changes while also noting continued progress toward the system’s long-term funding goals.
WEST SACRAMENTO, Calif. (May 9, 2018) – The California State Teachers’ Retirement System today unveiled a plan to prioritize engagement with makers and retailers of firearms that are illegal in California. The plan, approved unanimously by the Teachers’ Retirement Board, authorizes CalSTRS corporate governance staff to make firearms engagement activities a top priority by publicly engaging companies and potentially recommending that the board consider divestment if engagement efforts fail.
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.
CalSTRS West Sacramento headquarters maintains a LEED® Platinum certification. Energy efficient building features and employee-based environmental programs help us strengthen our communities and advance environmental responsibility.
Ongoing, collaborative stakeholder engagement is vital to our business operations and sustainability practices. CalSTRS defines stakeholders as any of the following who either directly or indirectly affect or may be affected by the activities of CalSTRS:
Our stakeholders offer important and influential voices in the financial and business operations of CalSTRS. We consider the dialogue obtained from engagement with our stakeholders as necessary to strengthen our business operations.
CalSTRS is an active participant in a variety of investor related organizations that are focused on sustainable issues, including Ceres and the Investor Network on Climate Risk.
Our commitment to be an active investor organization fosters our duty to protect and grow the assets that educators have entrusted to us. Accomplishing that means being good stewards of the businesses we invest in; with assurance they too are focused on risks that could impact their long-term value.
Electronic privacy is crucial for the ongoing success of the Internet as a convenient means to provide customer service. Your personal information will be used only to conduct CalSTRS-related business.
The California State Teachers’ Retirement System website has been developed in compliance with California Government Code §11135, which requires that all electronic and information technology developed or purchased by the State of California is accessible to people with disabilities. There are various types of physical disabilities that impact user interaction on the web. Vision loss, hearing loss, limited manual dexterity, and cognitive disabilities are examples, with each having different means by which to access electronic information effectively.