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U.S. Public Pension Plans Sustain Support for ESG Resolutions

Political rhetoric about the aims and efficacy of environmental, social, and governance-focused investing has turned heated in the past year. Public pension funds—irretrievably tied to politics by nature of their public funding—continued demonstrating strong support for ESG shareholder resolutions in the 2022 proxy season, according to a Morningstar review of some of the largest U.S. pension funds. The full study can be found here. These resolutions varied from calls for companies like Costco COST and Berkshire Hathaway BRK.A to reduce greenhouse gas emissions to proposals for Alphabet GOOG and The Home Depot HD to conduct and report on racial equity audits.

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