NJ Names Investment Director; Considers Cutting Fossil-Fuel Holdings from Portfolio

The New Jersey State Treasurer last week named Corey Amon as the permanent director of the New Jersey Division of Investment (DOI), the state agency responsible for the management of New Jersey’s $76 billion-plus public pension system. Separately, the Division confirmed at its monthly meeting, last Wednesday, that a study of the asset allocation of …

Across the Board on ESG

With this edition of Institutional Allocator, we bring you this new feature we’ve dubbed Across the Board. In it, IA asks its advisory board members–who collectively represent broad investment industry expertise–to share thoughtful observations on selected industry themes and topics. To Inaugurate the feature, IA recently asked board members to comment on a few basic …

Renewables Dominate Infra Sector as ESG Resonates with Investors

Renewable energy deals heated up the infrastructure sector last year, as investors sought to put an Environmental, Social Governance (ESG) focus on more of their investment portfolios. The trend should continue this year, according to Patrick Adefuye, head of real assets at research firm Preqin. Europe has been leading the charge in renewable deal offerings, but …

Aussie Coal Mine Court Ruling Illuminates Reg. Risk in ESG Investing

The decision by an Australian court earlier this month to prohibit the opening of a coal mine because the mine would contribute to greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions and set back the fight against climate change is being characterized by some socially responsible investing specialists as a judicial first in the environmental, social and governance (ESG) …

S&P to Spotlight ESG Risk in Corporate Debt

SS&P Global Ratings will add a new emphasis on environmental, social and governance (ESG) evaluations of corporations within its issuer credit rating reports. “What we are doing is making it easier for a reader [of our reports] to find any credit-related ESG factors that are driving the credit rating,” said Nicole Martin, senior director, sustainable …

CalPERS’s Departing Board Prez Priya Mathur on New Initiative to Address Workplace Sexual Harassment

A coalition of trustees, which includes the California Public Employees’ Retirement System (CalPERS), the California State Teachers’ Retirement System, (CalSTRS), the Los Angeles County Employees’ Retirement Association (LACERA) and the Los Angeles City Employees’ Retirement System (LACERS), have launched the Trustees United Principles. Priya Mathur, outgoing board president of CalPERS, told IA that the principles …

Cal. State’s Controller Betty Yee Speaks from her Seat on CalPERS, CalSTRS Boards

Betty Yee, California’s 32nd state controller and chief financial officer, will this week deliver the Breakfast Welcome Address at Markets Group’s 6th Annual California Institutional Forum in Sonoma. Yee is a board member of the $346.8 billion California Public Employees’ Retirement System (CalPERS) and the $219.2 billion California State Teachers’ Retirement System (CalSTRS), the two …

IDB Launches LAC Gender-Focused Fund; Says Region Ripe for Impact Capital

IDB Invest, the private-sector arm of the Inter-American Development Bank Group (IDB) and the Overseas Private Investment Corporate ( OPIC) have  partnered to launch Fund Mujer, the first gender-focused fund for Latin America and the Caribbean (LAC), to invest in female entrepreneurs, companies with a significant share of women leaders, and firms that generate jobs or consumer products for women. …

Cybersecurity is a Bigger ESG Concern for Institutions than Climate Change, Terrorism

“Cybersecurity risk is now a board-level concern, and how companies both prepare and react – or don’t – can have long-term implications on share value,” Jennifer Peet, corporate governance director for the Office of Oregon Treasurer and the Oregon Public Employees’ Retirement Fund told IA’s Kaitlyn Mitchell. “Cybersecurity has been a growing concern for several …

Cambridge Report: Gender-Lens Investing Delivers Differentiated Investment Edge

Cambridge Associates has released a new report, Gender Lens Investing: Impact Opportunities Through Gender Equity, which offers institutional investors insight into investing using a “gender-lens” approach as a way to make a mission-related impact as well as diversify their portfolio’s risks and returns. “Diversity of thought and perspective can give you different opportunities and deliver diversification …