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UC Davis Graduate School of Management to Present Sustainability Investment Performance Research to CalPERS Board

(Sacramento, CA) — University of California, Davis, Graduate School of Management faculty will present research to a California Public Employees’ Retirement System (CalPERS) board of administration meeting on June 17 to advise the nation’s largest public pension fund on sustainability factors and the impact they have on financial performance in investments. 

The research resulted from a partnership launched in January with the UC Davis Graduate School of Management and Columbia School of Law called the Sustainable Investment Research Initiative, or SIRI. The initiative is geared toward providing independent evaluation and insight for CalPERS to integrate its sustainability strategy across its nearly $260 billion portfolio.

Professor Brad M. Barber, the Maurice J. and Marcia G. Gallagher Chair in Finance, at the UC Davis Graduate School of Management, and Robert J. Jackson Jr, Associate Professor of Law at the Columbia Law School, will jointly present an overview of academic research, including work presented at a symposium earlier this month at UC Davis. At that symposium, co-chaired by Barber and Jackson, leading academics and practitioners, including CalPERS senior investment staff, discussed research that examines the effect of environmental, social and governance (ESG) issues on long-term value creation and capital market stability. The symposium program committee received more than 90 submissions and selected seven papers to be presented and debated at the symposium.

Steven C. Currall, dean of the UC Davis Graduate School of Management, will give opening remarks to the board.

In 2011, the CalPERS Board approved integrating ESG issues as a strategic priority across its investment portfolio.

Further information about the UC Davis GSM and CalPERS partnership is available at

Further information about the CalPERS board meeting and investment committee workshop on Monday is available at:

The full agenda for the board meeting is available at:

About the UC Davis Graduate School of Management

Dedicated to preparing innovative leaders for global impact, the UC Davis Graduate School of Management is consistently ranked among the premier business schools in the United States and internationally. The School’s faculty members are globally renowned for their teaching excellence and pioneering research in advancing management thinking and best practices. With prime locations in Northern California’s economic hubs, the School provides a bold, innovative approach to management education to full-time MBA students and Master of Professional Accountancy students at the UC Davis campus, and part-time MBA students in Sacramento and the San Francisco Bay Area. Learn more at:

Media contacts:

  • Tim Akin, Graduate School of Management, (916) 402-9270,
  • Karen Nikos, UC Davis News Service, (530) 752-6101,