Events

    2018 Jun 13

    UNRIGGING THE MARKET: Convening to Restore Competitive Labor Markets

    Location: 

    Harvard Law School
    8:30am to 4:30pm

    A diverse group of stakeholders including economists, law professors, private and public practitioners, advocates, and policymakers convened to explore how anticompetitive forces are harming American labor markets and workers. Participants discussed opportunities for coordinated research, enforcement, and policymaking to enhance labor market competition and protect workers. Justice Catalyst served as a co-host and partner for the convening. The convening agenda can be found...

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    2017 Oct 23

    Corporate Disclosure of Human Capital Metrics (final conference)

    Location: 

    Harvard Law School
    (All day)

    Center for Health & Safety Sustainability/Pensions and Capital Stewardship Project Human Capital Workshop, featuring findings of PCSP paper, “Corporate Disclosure of Human Capital Metrics", (by-invitation only)

    2017 Sep 19

    Labor Law Reform Symposium

    Location: 

    Harvard Law School
    (All day)

    An invitation-only group of labor law professors, union leaders, worker advocates, public officials, and others convened at Harvard Law School to explore whether experiments at the state and local level could expand collective bargaining and workers’ collective action.  The Economic Policy Institute and Harvard Law and Policy Review (HLPR) were LWP’s partners for this event.... Read more about Labor Law Reform Symposium

    2014 May 07

    TWELFTH ANNUAL PENSIONS AND CAPITAL STEWARDSHIP CONFERENCE

    Location: 

    Harvard Law School, Cambridge MA
    Wed - Fri, May 9 to May 11, 9:00am - 5:50pm

    Pensions and Capital Stewardship Project, Labor and Worklife Program
    in collaboration with 
    PSL-Université Paris-Dauphine, Chair Dauphine-Ensae-Groupama  
    Harvard Law School, Cambridge, Massachusetts

    “Pension Fund Investment in the Long View: Where, With What Goals, and Why?”

    From May 7 to May 9, 2014, the Project held its twelfth annual conference, this year, in collaboration with PSL-Université Paris-Dauphine, Chair Dauphine- Ensae-Groupama. Trustees from the United States and Canada were joined by senior pension fund staff, scholars, researchers, and others from across the United States as well as from Brazil, Canada, France, Morocco, and the United Kingdom. The conference explored a range of issues with a particular eye to the meaning, import, and practice of long-term investing in general and how it relates to investment in emerging market countries in particular.
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    2013 May 16

    Promoting Labor and Human Rights Through Investments

    Location: 

    U.S. Department of State 320 21st Street, NW Washington, DC 20520
    9:00am to 4:00pm

    US Dept of State LogoCo sponsored with the U.S. State Department Bureau of Democracy, Human Rights and Labor. 
    Participants included activist pension fund, SRI, and other institutional investors, US. State Department officials and staff.
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    2013 May 01

    ELEVENTH ANNUAL PENSIONS AND CAPITAL STEWARDSHIP CONFERENCE

    Location: 

    Harvard Law School, Cambridge, MA
    Wed - Fri, May 2 to May 4, 9:00am - 5:50pm

    From May 1 to May 3, 2013, the Project held its eleventh annual conference, attended by pension trustees from across the United States as well as from Canada and the United Kingdom.  They were joined by scholars, researchers, and practitioners from the U.S., Canada, France, and Australia, and Colombia. The conference explored a range of issues concerned with possible fund investment in emerging market countries: the political, social, legal, economic, etc. landscape  of the countries in which those investments might be made; the factors and considerations which funds attend to when contemplating investments of this kind; the relationship between emerging market country development goals and investors’ goals; and the rationale for and means by which funds take into account the impact of their investments on the countries which are the object of that investment. 
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    2012 Mar 29

    TENTH ANNUAL PENSIONS AND CAPITAL STEWARDSHIP CONFERENCE

    Location: 

    Harvard Law School, Cambridge MA
    9:00am to 2:00pm

    Cover Pension conference March 2012The Pension Project held its tenth annual conference, attended by pension trustees from across the United States as well as from Canada and the United Kingdom.  They were joined by scholars, researchers, and practitioners from the U.S., Canada, France, and Germany. The conference explored a range of issues concerned with the relationship between pension fund investment and economic growth and job creation; assessed the merits of financial markets reform in the United States, especially as it pertains to pension funds; considered the rationales for and the import for themselves and others of pension fund investment in commodities; discussed a range of activities - from research to engagement - concerned with the bearing of S-factors, particularly workplace related considerations, on investment decisions; described new and important ways of rethinking the meaning and practice of fiduciary duty; and described initiatives in the United States by which public sector pension plans can facilitate private sector worker participation in retirement plans.
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    2011 Mar 16

    9th Annual Conference of the Pensions and Capital Stewardship Project: Pensions, Retirement Security and Strategies for Investment

    Location: 

    Harvard Law School, Cambridge MA
    Wed - Fri, Mar 21 to Mar 23, 5:00pm - 2:00pm

    penconf_2011_4_COVERThis year’s annual conference featured speakers and panels on key topics, including a critical perspective on the operation of financial markets in which pension funds participate, the nature and implications for pension funds of the recently enacted financial markets reform legislation; the current and future landscape of those who provide financial services to funds, the relationship between pension fund boards and their staff, consultants, and asset managers,  the progress and impact of corporate governance reforms, efforts to sustain public sector pension plans both currently and with any eye to the future, and the challenge of retirement income security for all households.
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    2010 Apr 21

    Capital Matters VIII - Managing Labor's Capital

    Location: 

    Harvard Law School, Cambridge, MA
    Wed - Fri, Apr 25 to Apr 27, 6:00pm - 2:00pm

    coverAmong the topics on which this year’s Capital Matters conference focused were systemic risk and its pension fund and other implications, various aspects of pension fund risk management, a rethinking of fiduciary duty, an assessment of the success of capital stewardship, challenges faced by employment-based retirement plans and the broader challenge of retirement security for all households, and the new landscape of pension fund investment in infrastructur0
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    2009 Dec 10

    Capital Matters in Europe 2009

    Location: 

    International Trade Union House, Brussels
    9:00am to 5:00pm

    The Project worked with the European Trade Union Institute (ETUI) and the Trade Union Advisory Committee to the OECD (TUAC)  (with the Global Unions Committee on Workers Capital as a knowledge partner) to convene a meeting modeled on the Project’s annual  “Capital Matters: Managing Labor’s Capital Conference.”  This one-day event, “Capital Maters in Europe 2009,” took place in Brussels on December 10th.  It brought together member-nominated pension fund trustees, trade union officers, pension and other experts and policy makers who offered views and shared experiences from across Europe and from a transatlantic perspective.  It focused on how workers’ and their families’ retirement and other long term savings can be invested in productive assets in the real economy in a fair, sustainable and responsible way and not diverted into unproductive financial transactions and speculation.
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    2009 Apr 29

    Capital Matters VII - Managing Labor's Capital

    Location: 

    Harvard Law School, Cambridge MA
    Wed - Fri, May 2 to May 4, 6:00pm - 2:00pm

    coverThe Pensions Project held its 7th annual “Capital Matters: Managing Labor’s Capital” conference on April 29 – May 1, 2009. Many of the sessions related to the challenges posed by the world- wide financial and economic meltdown but also the opportunities. For example, the conference opened with a European labor perspective on the impact on how the financial and economic meltdown has played out in European financial markets and economies, the diverse responses of European Union countries and perspectives on financial markets regulation.
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    2009 Mar 26

    Long-Term Investment Decisions: Assessing the Sustainability Risks of Labor and Human Rights and Other Workplace Factors

    Location: 

    Harvard Law School, Cambridge MA
    6:00pm

    On March 27-28th the Pensions and Capital Stewardship Project convened a meeting on “Long-term Investment Decisions: Assessing the Sustainability Risks of Labor and Human Rights and other Workplace Factors.” The meeting brought together about 45 people from major U.S. and European pension funds, investment management, advisory, and research firms, accounting firms, labor and human rights groups, unions, and academics. The goal was to hold a workshop-style event to exchange ideas about how investors can begin to measure a wide range of workplace-related factors and analyze their potential materiality to long-term portfolio returns. The meeting covered a range of topics, including labor and human rights in global supply chains; human capital factors such as employee ownership, teams, and high-performance work systems; and shareholder engagement actions on such issues. The discussion yielded recommendations for research in a broad range of topics; proposals for practical action by participants, such as the establishment of a network to exchange information and ideas; and the application of those findings to investment decision-making and possible engagement with corporations. 
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    2008 Apr 16

    Capital Matters VI - Managing Labor's Capital

    Location: 

    Harvard Law School, Cambridge MA
    Wed - Fri, Apr 18 to Apr 20, 5:00pm - 2:00pm

    Fortune Teller Painting
    "The Fortune Teller," Michelangelo Merisi da Caravaggio, c 1595

    LOCUSTS VERSUS LABOR: HANDLING THE NEW CAPITALISM

    • TURMOIL IN FINANCIAL MARKETS: CAUSES, CONSEQUENCES, AND CHOICES
    • CORPORATE GOVERNANCE REFORM: WHAT DIFFERENCE HAS IT MADE OR COULD IT MAKE FOR WORKERS?
    • LABOR IN CAPITAL MARKETS: SQUARE PEGS AND ROUND HOLES
    • PENSION FUND (AND OTHERS’) ENGAGEMENT ON CORPORATE LABOR AND HUMAN RIGHTS PRACTICES
    • SHOULD A PENSION FUND MAKE PROPERTY INVESTMENTS THAT ARE LABOR FRIENDLY? IF SO, HOW?
    • CAPITAL STEWARDSHIP WITHIN AND ACROSS BORDERS: CHALLENGES AND OPPORTUNITIES
    • NOVEL, YET PRACTICAL SOLUTIONS TO RETIREMENT SYSTEMS WOES: THE DUTCH AND OTHER EXPERIENCE ABROAD; A NEW APPROACH TO EMPLOYMENT-BASED PENSIONS; A NEW APPROACH TO RETIREMENT SECURITY FOR ALL
    • WHAT TO DO WHILE WAITING FOR UNIVERSAL HEALTH INSURANCE: ARE VEBAS AND OTHER PRE-FUNDED SCHEMES PART OF THE SOLUTION OR PART OF THE PROBLEM?
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    2007 May 02

    Capital Matters V - Managing Labor's Capital

    Location: 

    Harvard Law School, Cambridge MA
    Wed - Fri, May 2 to May 4, 6:00pm - 2:00pm

    • CRITICAL CHALLENGES FOR PENSION FUND GOVERNANCE AND MANAGEMENT
    • CURRENT DEVELOPMENTS IN PRIVATE EQUITY INVESTMENT
    • CORPORATE GOVERNANCE IN THE UNITED STATES
    • ENSURING RETIREMENT SECURITY FOR ALL
    • THE RELATIONSHIP AMONG CORPORATE FINANCE AND GOVERNANCE AND LABOR-MANAGEMENT AND OTHER WORKPLACE IMPACTS
    • SECURITIES CLASS ACTION LITIGATION: WHAT HAS IT ACHIEVED? WHO HAS BENEFITED?
    • WHAT MAKES FOR EFFECTIVE LABOR REPRESENTATION ON PENSION BOARDS?
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    2006 Apr 26

    Capital Matters IV - Managing Labor's Capital

    Location: 

    Harvard Law School, Cambridge MA
    Wed - Fri, May 2 to May 4, 9:00am - 5:00pm

    Conference topics included:

    • PENSION REFORM IN THE U.K. AND CAPITAL MARKETS
    • ENVISIONING A BRAVE, NEW, AND BETTER WORLD OF RETIREMENT SECURITY
    • HEDGE FUNDS: PROSPECTS AND PERILS - FINANCIAL AND OTHERWISE
    • TRUSTEE EDUCATION FOR ACTIVE AND EFFECTIVE CAPITAL STEWARDSHIP
    • CAPITAL STEWARDSHIP AND DEFINED CONTRIBUTION PLANS
    • THE STOCK MARKET, CORPORATE GOVERNANCE, AND SUSTAINABLE PROSPERITY
    • WHAT IS THE CURRENT STATUS AND FUTURE OF RETIREE HEALTH BENEFITS?
    • LABOR AND SOCIALLY RESPONSIBLE INVESTMENT ACTIVISM: THE PRACTICE OF AND PROSPECTS FOR COLLABORATIOn
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    2005 Oct 27

    Public Sector Pension Plans: Current Challenges and Future Directions Meeting

    Location: 

    Harvard Law School, Cambridge MA
    Thu - Fri, Nov 1 to Nov 2, 9:00am - 5:50pm

    cover imageOn October 27-28th 2006, the Project convened a meeting on “Public Sector Pension Plans: Current Challenges and Future Directions.” Participants, presenters, and speakers included scholars and researchers, public pension fund trustees and officials, members of the investment community, union leaders, experts on public knowledge about and attitudes in relation to the issues, and others.

    Attendees sought to enhance their understanding of the challenges that public sector pension plans face, including finance and operation and broader issues such as pressures on state and local finance, shifting demographics and workforce needs, and concerns of public sector workers about security in retirement. They also sought insights into how public knowledge and attitudes on these issues shape and are shaped by contests over the future of public sector pension plans.
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