US - The California Public Employees' Retirement System (CalPERS) has selected six managers to invest up to US$500m in environmental public equity funds.The pool of managers includes: AXA Rosenberg, State Street Global Advisors (SSgA), Piper Jaffray, New Amsterdam Partners, Brandywine Asset Management and SSgA affiliate Innovest Strategic Value Advisors.
CalPERS said approval of the pool was the latest step in an effort to utilise managers with a proven track record of investing assets using environmental strategies.
Rob Feckner, CalPERS board president said: “Our decision to select them for this new ‘spring-fed’ pool also sends a strong signal to corporations that we’re serious about their environmental strategies.”
Earlier in the year, CalPERS invested a further $75m in the iShares KLD Select Social Index Fund managed by Barclay’s Global Investors as part of its environmental investment programme. The fund seeks to maximise exposure to large capitalisation companies that have positive social and environmental characteristics while maintaining risk and return characteristics.
Staff will determine whether to extend the contracts through annual reviews, and will fund the managers mainly by tapping passively managed public equity assets or cash inflows.
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