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Global Stewardship at Work: CalSTRS

Global Stewardship at Work report Issued by CalSTRS

Global Stewardship at Work report Issued by CalSTRS

The Global Stewardship at Work report, its 2015—16 sustainability report. was released by the California State Teachers’ Retirement System (CalSTRS). This is the third year the system published the report, which is based on the Global Reporting Initiative G4 Guidelines.

In 2015, CalSTRS became the first U.S. public pension plan to issue a sustainability report that met the GRI guidelines. And this year, CalSTRS continues to report sustainability-focused disclosures that adhere to the GRI performance metrics. The Global Stewardship at Work report also features detailed reporting of material topics that were prioritized based on feedback from stakeholder surveys, including responses from CalSTRS members, employees, special interest groups, and industry/business partners. Continue Reading →

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Report from CII Winter Meeting: ESG

CIIEven in Washington, the numbers are impressive. The Council of Institutional Investors, who met in Washington DC this week, represents 23 trillion (with a t) dollars, mostly made up of retirement and other savings of working families. Compare that to the entire budget of the US government, less than two trillion a year. Like most industry group meetings in Washington, this one had presentations on what to expect from Congress and the regulatory agencies and how millennials will change the way the members do business, plus snack breaks and wireless sponsored by firms trying to sell products and services to the attendees. But the a two and a half day session featured repeated agenda topics on climate change and what are called ESG issues, suggesting that pension funds may step in where governments have failed. Continue Reading →

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ISS Seeks Research Analyst

Research Analyst – Environmental & Social Issues Proxy Research based in Rockville, Maryland.

Institutional Shareholder Services, an MSCI business, seeks to hire a full-time, permanent analyst to join its environmental and social proxy issues research team in Rockville, MD. The primary duties and responsibilities of the position are to conduct research, write reports, and make recommendations on environmental and social issue shareholder proposals that will be voted on at the annual shareholder meetings of publicly traded U.S. companies. Continue Reading →

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GMI Incorporates Trucost Data into Analyst Platform

GMI and Trucost announced a strategic partnership to incorporate Trucost environmental performance data into the GMI Analyst research platform. The agreement strengthens GMI’s existing governance analysis and will enable GMI clients – leading institutional investors, banks, insurers, auditors, regulators and corporations – to incorporate a measure of environmental risk alongside traditional financial metrics. Continue Reading →

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Toxic Sunday

I just contacted my Representative to urge them to be an original co-sponsor of the Toxic Chemicals Safety Act (H.R. 5820), requiring chemical manufacturers to prove that their products are safe before they reach our shelves.. I hope you’ll join me. I coordinated my message with Environmental Working Group Action Fund to maximize our impact. Click here to join in sending a message.

I support the Toxic Chemicals Safety Act because babies shouldn’t be born pre-polluted with nearly 300 industrial chemicals, many associated with a range of serious diseases and conditions from childhood cancer to autism, ADHD, learning deficits, infertility, and birth defects.

The government has almost no authority to protect people from even the most hazardous chemicals on the market. The Toxic Chemicals Safety Act will change that through an overhaul of the the Toxic Substances Control Act, which I helped administer for twenty years and is in drastic need of reform.

Here’s another problem with no solution offered by legislation so far. Green Building Council standards are being incorporated into federal, state and local laws through legislation, executive orders, resolutions, policies, loan-granting criteria and tax credits. Yet, LEED standards are clearly insufficient to protect human health (see LEED Certification Where Energy Efficiency Collides with Human Health, An Environmental and Human Health, Inc Report). The number of jurisdictions adopting these standards as law is growing, which will make them difficult if not impossible to change, unless federal law and regulation supersede the “green” standards with health-protective regulations.

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