REUTERS IMPACT Calpers’ CEO Frost hopes COP26 yields extra green-investing information

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BOSTON, Oct 4 (Reuters) – An upcoming United Nations local weather summit will give world leaders an opportunity to push for standardized measures of areas like company carbon emissions, the top of the biggest U.S. pension fund stated on Monday.

Marcie Frost, chief govt of the California Public Employees’ Retirement System, stated she is optimistic leaders on the occasion often known as “COP26” will take an essential step in slowing world warming by serving to buyers determine which corporations to purchase or promote. learn extra

“When institutional funds like Calpers are making allocation decisions on this data, we believe that will be a bit of an inflection point,” stated Frost, talking in an interview at  the  Reuters Impact convention.

With $469 billion underneath administration as of June 30 Calpers has been influential in driving the adoption of requirements to measure firms’ so-called ESG affect on environmental, social and governance subjects. learn extra

Currently buyers are confronted with all kinds of ESG scores methods from non-public corporations to measure areas starting from their greenhouse gasoline discount targets to the range of their workforces. Corporations have house to supply statements that sound bold however do not stand as much as scrutiny, Frost stated.

In some cases, “You ask three probing questions and it all rather dissolves,” she stated.

Frost stated it may nonetheless be a 12 months or two earlier than the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission delivers official requirements for the way corporations would possibly report audited data. learn extra

Other useful steps could be if governments eliminated fossil gas subsidies and adopted carbon pricing methods, Frost stated.

Some pension funds in different Democratic-led states have moved to divest from fossil fuels. Resisting such calls, Calpers as an alternative has embraced a technique of urgent for modifications from inside. learn extra

Frost famous Calpers’ position within the Climate Action 100+, an investor community created to strain corporations. It additionally backed the activist marketing campaign that led to the election of recent administrators at ExxonMobil Corp (XOM.N) this 12 months. learn extra

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Reporting by Ross Kerber in Boston, Editing by Nick Zieminski

A sign at California Public Employees' Retirement System (CalPERS) headquarters in Sacramento, California, U.S. February 14, 2017. REUTERS/Max Whittaker/File Photo

Marcie Frost, CEO of CalPERS, speaks during the Milken Institute's 22nd annual Global Conference in Beverly Hills, California, U.S., April 29, 2019.  REUTERS/Mike Blake/File Photo

A sign at California Public Employees' Retirement System (CalPERS) headquarters in Sacramento, California, U.S. February 14, 2017. REUTERS/Max Whittaker/File Photo