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

Shakeup at CalPERS board: Cop unseats pension fund’s president

Sacramento Bee
CalPERS is considered underfunded because its assets are worth about 71 percent of what it owes in promised benefits to retirees and public employees. Some cities, including Corona, have complained that rising pension costs are inhibiting their ability to fund other services.

ACCF Applauds SEC Call for Roundtable on the Proxy Process

“The SEC’s rules governing the proxy process are at the center of investor participation in the corporate governance of public companies. The decision to hold a roundtable to gather stakeholder input is an strong signal that the commission is serious about ensuring the concerns of investors are appropriately represented,” said Tim Doyle, General Counsel and Vice President of Policy at the American Council for Capital Formation.

SEC Decision Begins Process of Reforming Corporate Governance

Real Clear Policy
The Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) should be commended for its decision last week to rescind two previously issued guidance letters that had allowed third-party firms known as “proxy advisors” to wield undue influence over the shareholder proposal process.

Research & Publications

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...

New Report: Proxy Advisory Firms Operate with Unchecked Power

A new ACCF report finds that proxy advisory firms are currently operating with minimal oversight, making recommendations that materially impact public companies’ proxy outcomes, operations and disclosure requirements.

Politics Over Performance: New York City Pension Funds

Bad Apple: New ACCF Report finds New York City’s public pension fund system in bad shape and getting worse