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Sustainability

CalSTRS defines sustainability as the framework that governs our organizational business culture. Sustainable objectives are fully integrated into our everyday business practices at every level of our business operations.

Sustainability vision

CalSTRS advances sustainability practices that promote long-term value creation, responsible investment strategies, stewardship of our natural resources and engagement with our stakeholder community.

Commitments and practices 

CalSTRS business and investment decisions consider environmental, social and governance implications, also referred to as ESG issues.

CalSTRS is a signatory to the United Nations Principles for Responsible Investment, was part of the UN Global Compact expert working group Investment in Conflict Areas, and is a founding member of the Conflict Risk Network. The Teachers’ Retirement Board also endorses the Principles for Responsible Investment. More than 20 years ago, CalSTRS developed a Statement of Investment Responsibility to help define the role of sustainable investment decisions.

Consistent with its fiduciary responsibilities to CalSTRS members, The Teachers’ Retirement Board has a social and ethical obligation to require that the corporations and entities in which securities are held meet a high standard of conduct and strive for sustainability in their operations. As an active owner, CalSTRS incorporates PRI and other ESG principles into its investment policies and practices. The links below provide an overview of our relevant policies and practices.