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CalSTRS’ plan for its net zero plan

CalSTRS has been a leading light in ESG integration in the US but its board has been slow to adopt a net zero pledge, with internal debate centred around the most motivating factors to achieve net zero. Now it’s made the pledge it will spend the next 12 months mapping the path to achieve net zero. Amanda White spoke to head of sustainability, Kirsty Jenkinson.
Sustainability

Implementing net zero

What does it really mean to achieve a net zero strategy? As more investors make pledges for net zero, they need to set a strategy to achieve it. Investors leading the pack - ABP, Church Commissioners for England and CalSTRS - discuss the behaviour changes that are needed and how to allocate.
Sustainability

How CalSTRS took on Exxon

In an unequivocal message to boards that climate inaction could cost them their positions, Exxon shareholders voted this week to replace atleast two of its directors with those that have experience in climate transition. It is a win for CalSTRS which has been vocal in its support of Engine No.1, the activist hedge fund that put forward the alternative directors. The proposal was also supported by CalPERS and New York State Common Retirement Fund.
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How CalSTRS’ CEO achieved funded status

The legacy of Jack Ehnes, chief executive of CalSTRS for nearly 20 years, is the embedded long-term view in the culture of the organisation which impacts everything from investments to benefit planning strategy. He talks to Amanda White about managing multiple, complex and competing stakeholders for the good of California's teachers.
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The dangers of funding sedition

Scott Kalb and CalSTRS' Aeisha Mastagni discuss what is next for investor action in sustainability. They reflect on the dangers of funding sedition following the 6th January riots. Investors rarely consider the risk of investee companies financing extreme groups, but it threatens the very system on which institutional investment relies.
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