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 Sustainable Investment and Stewardship Strategies 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.
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.
As a long-term asset owner, CalSTRS believes that corporate directors work on behalf of share owners and that the ability to change our representatives in the boardroom is fundamental to shareholder democracy.
CalSTRS actively votes its proxies to support corporate board members and resolutions which align with our interests and philosophy.