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CalPERS is the largest public pension fund in the U.S. with assets totaling $251 billion. It administers retirement benefits for more than 1.6 million California State, local government, and public school employees, retirees, and their families on behalf of more than 3,000 public employers, and health benefits for more than 1.3 million enrollees. The average CalPERS pension benefit is $2,420 per month. The average benefit for those who retired in the most recent fiscal year that ended June 30, 2012, is $3,025 per month.

CalPERS has a long standing commitment to sustainable investment and a proud history of leadership and innovation in the field. Acting as fiduciaries first and foremost, the goal of the CalPERS investment program is to achieve long-term, sustainable, risk-adjusted returns consistent with fiduciary duty. As a significant institutional investor with a long-term investment time horizon, sustainable investment means taking account of environmental, social and governance factors – known as ESG – across all our day-to-day investment business.

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 recently published sustainable investment report, Towards Sustainable Investment – Taking Responsibility, accessible at:

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