Corporate Governance

Corporate governance has become increasingly politicized in recent years, with very real consequences for investors and financial institutions of all kinds. From a looming funding crisis facing the nation’s public pension system to the emergence of quasi-regulators operating with unchecked powers and limited scrutiny, there has been increased focus on politically motivated investments, often at the expense of traditional fiduciary responsibility aimed at maximizing returns.

News

CalPERS can’t afford to put social strategy above returns

L.A. Daily News
a 2016 report by the American Council for Capital Formation found that “environmental-related investments comprised four of its nine worst performing private equity funds last year, accounting for more than $600 million in committed capital.” Focusing on ethereal matters makes it harder for CalPERS to dig out of its hole, something that’s essential even though taxpayers are the ultimate backers of all California public pensions.

Proxy advisers wince in glare of regulatory spotlight

Financial Times
A report commissioned by the American Council for Capital Formation, a think-tank, last year found that almost a fifth of votes at annual meetings were cast within three days of an adverse recommendation by a proxy adviser, suggesting that many asset managers automatically follow proxy advisory firms.

Corporate Climate Coups Averted

The Wall Street Journal
Corporate Climate Coups Averted Exxon and Chevron shareholders vote to stay in business. The New York State Common Retirement Fund and the Church of England endowment...

Research & Publications

The Realities of Robo-Voting

ACCF Report Finds Numerous Asset Managers Voting in Lockstep with Proxy Advisor Recommendations

Are Proxy Advisors Really a Problem?

ACCF-commissioned research confirms alarming practice of robo-voting is real and quantifies scale of proxy advisor errors

Ratings That Don’t Rate: The Subjective World of ESG Ratings Agencies

EXECUTIVE SUMMARY As the trend of Environmental, Social, and Governance (“ESG”)1 investing has risen, so too has the influence and relative importance of ESG rating...