A $750 Billion Midwest Fund Group Pushes for Board Diversity – Bloomberg

A group of 11 pension and union funds with a collective $750 billion in assets has picked up the mantle [on board diversity in small and mid-size companies]. Called the Midwest Investor Diversity Initiative, the group, which includes the United Auto Workers Retiree Medical Benefits Trust, the Illinois State Treasurer’s Office and the Ohio Public…

Rescuing Retirement: A Bold New Proposal

VEA Vice Chair Nell Minow attended a meeting on Capital Hill to discuss a new proposal for a portable retirement account available to all workers.  Some of the highlights: By 2050, if we make no changes, 1/3 of the elderly will be living in poverty.  This is “an issue for everyone,” said Randi Weingarten, President…

Nell Minow on ERISA, the Trump Executive Order, and ESG

VEA Vice Chair Nell Minow writes on the Harvard Law School Forum on Corporate Governance and Financial Regulation about the Labor Department’s review of ERISA fiduciaries and ESG under the Executive Order issued last month by President Trump. She wrote: ERISA, the 1974 law that governs pension funds, recognizes that the third parties who manage…

PIC struggles to improve quality of corporate governance

South Africa’s PIC pension fund adjusts its corporate governance priorities (emphasis added): More than half of the companies in which the PIC has a substantial investment ignore its views on the need for independent auditors.Almost half of them also ignore its view on what is, or is not, an acceptable remuneration policy, and a substantial…

Report: Pensions in a Changing Climate

A new report from Share Action finds that pension funds are not doing an adequate job of disclosing climate risk in their portfolios. The most striking finding of our analysis reveals that over 60% of pension funds publish little or no information on their climate responses, placing them at risk of breaching their legal duties…

Comptroller Stringer, NYC Funds: Unprecedented Disclosure of Corporate Boardroom Diversity Following Groundbreaking Campaign : Office of the New York City Comptroller Scott M. Stringer

New York City Comptroller Scott M. Stringer and the New York City Pension Funds today announced that after less than a year, the groundbreaking “Boardroom Accountability Project 2.0” (BAP 2.0) campaign, an initiative which pushes for greater corporate board diversity and transparency reforms, has accomplished unprecedented engagement with more than half of the 151 major…