Report examines human rights considerations in pension funds & infrastructure investments

Author: Business & Human Rights Clinic, Columbia University, Published on: 10 April 2018

"Pension Funds and Human Rights: A study of human rights considerations of pension funds", April 2018

...Focusing primarily on pension funds and their infrastructure investments, this research aims to illuminate the extent to which fund managers integrate human rights considerations into their investment decisions. It is intended as a starting point for human rights advocates who seek to engage more effectively and constructively with pension fund managers and strengthen responsible investment practices…

…Responsible investment functions of pension funds typically have some knowledge about international human rights standards; yet, this knowledge is not mainstreamed throughout the organization…There remain gaps in existing risk assessment and monitoring procedures within institutions, and industry-wide best practices are only beginning to emerge…Responsible investment teams are often challenged by insufficient capacity and would benefit from an expanded team that is knowledgeable about human rights risks and are able to conduct in-depth monitoring and assessment of the human rights implications of fund investments…Pension funds usually engage with investee companies when there are major or systematic human rights concerns, as opposed to isolated incidents, and will consider divestment only when investee companies refuse to engage…Investment managers recognize that good information is a key challenge, and many are open to improved communication channels with NGOs…[refers to Algemene Pensioen Groep, Arbejdsmarkedets Tillægspension, Australian Superannuation Fund, Council of Ethics for the Norwegian Pension Fund, Government Employees Pension Fund, Kommunal Landspensjonskasse, New Zealand Superannuation Fund, Ontario Teachers’ Pension Plan, Stichting Pensioenfonds voor de Gezondheid, & Geestelijke en Maatschappelijke Belangen]

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