University of California, Davis Graduate School of Management
California Public Employees’ Retirement System (CalPERS)
Ira M. Millstein Center for Global Markets and Corporate Ownership
Call for Working Papers
CalPERS is undertaking a Sustainable Investment Research Initiative to drive innovative thought leadership that will inform and advance our understanding of sustainability factors and the impact they may have on companies, markets, and investment intermediaries from the perspective of a large, global, long-term, and multi-class institutional asset owner.
As part of this important initiative, the inaugural Sustainability & Finance Symposium will be held on June 7, 2013. Developed in partnership with the UC Davis Graduate School of Management, the symposium will convene leading academics and practitioners to foster a debate that will lead to a research agenda on sustainability and finance issues. The event will be held in the vicinity of Napa Valley’s wine country in Davis, California, with working dinners on both Thursday and Friday. Distinguished faculty from the UC Davis Graduate School of Management and the Ira M. Millstein Center for Global Markets and Corporate Ownership at Columbia Law School will serve as program committee chairs.
We seek working paper submissions from scholars and investment practitioners in the fields of finance, economics, accounting, law, and business that will contribute to a rigorous debate and discussion on longterm value creation and capital market stability. This symposium will be an inquiry into the definitions and relevance of environmental, social, and governance (ESG) factors and related policy issues for long-term capital providers. It will also consider the potential impact of ESG issues on capital markets, companies, and intermediaries in the investment chain, such as asset managers. We welcome both theoretical and empirical working papers. Topics of interest include, but are not limited to:
Financial Capital: Alignment of interest through corporate governance – shareowner rights, executive compensation, fund manager terms and conditions
Physical Capital: Climate change – resource scarcity, water stress, carbon emissions, energy efficiency, clean technology and renewable energy
Human Capital: Including issues such as labor practices, health and safety, responsible contracting and diversity
Selected papers will inform CalPERS Total Fund Sustainability strategy and development of investment beliefs.
In 2011, the CalPERS Board approved the adoption of a Total Fund process for integrating ESG issues as a strategic priority across CalPERS portfolio. Grounded in the three forms of economic capital – financial, human, and physical – that are needed for long-term value creation, CalPERS developed strategic themes (Alignment of Interest, Human Capital, and Climate Change) that set the framework for the fund’s ESG integration work. For more information please see CalPERS report, Towards Sustainable Investment – Taking Responsibility, accessible at:http://www.calpers.ca.gov/eip-docs/about/press/news/invest-corp/esg-report-2012.pdf
(Davis, CA) — The UC Davis Part-Time MBA program offered in Sacramento and the San Francisco Bay Area is ranked among the top 9% in the U.S., according to U.S. News & World Report’s latest graduate business school rankings.
At No. 29, this is the fourth consecutive year the UC Davis Part-Time MBA program is among the top AACSB International-accredited part-time MBA programs surveyed. This year, there were 323 part-time MBA programs surveyed.
(Davis, CA) — The UC Davis Graduate School of Management’s Full-Time MBA program is ranked among the premier business schools in the nation for the 20th consecutive year, according to U.S. News & World Report’s latest graduate business school rankings released today.
U.S. News’ latest ranking places the Full-Time MBA program at No. 48, placing it among the top 10% of the 464 Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business International’s accredited full-time MBA programs surveyed.
Key statistics from the School’s Full-Time MBA ranking include:
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