Past Events

  • 2009 Dec 10

    Capital Matters in Europe 2009

    9:00am to 5:00pm

    Location: 

    International Trade Union House, Brussels

    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

    Wed - Fri, Apr 29 to May 1, 6:00pm - 2:00pm

    Location: 

    Harvard Law School, Cambridge MA

    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

    6:00pm

    Location: 

    Harvard Law School, Cambridge MA

    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

    Wed - Fri, Apr 16 to Apr 18, 5:00pm - 2:00pm

    Location: 

    Harvard Law School, Cambridge MA
    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

    Wed - Fri, May 2 to May 4, 6:00pm - 2:00pm

    Location: 

    Harvard Law School, Cambridge MA
    • 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

    Wed - Fri, Apr 26 to Apr 28, 9:00am - 5:00pm

    Location: 

    Harvard Law School, Cambridge MA

    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

    Thu - Fri, Oct 27 to Oct 28, 9:00am - 5:50pm

    Location: 

    Harvard Law School, Cambridge MA

    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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