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ROASTED: Pensions to Vote Against Starbucks Executive Compensation

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Starbucks CEO Howard Schultz is facing some opposition on executive pay, specifically an advisory vote on executive compensation, from pension giants Ontario Teachers’ Pension Plan (OTPP), California State Teachers’ Retirement System (CalSTRS) and Florida State Board of Administration (SBA). This information was revealed through the asset owners’ proxy voting disclosures. On the other hand, Canadian Pension Plan Investment Board (CPPIB) plans to support Schultz’s pay. In 2014, around 87% of investors voted in favor of Starbucks’ executive pay plan. In March 2012, and years 2013 and 2014, CalSTRS voted “yes” on the advisory vote on executive compensation for Starbucks.

Starbucks’ shareholder meeting is scheduled for March 18, 2015.

U.S. institutional investors are challenging CEOs on executive compensation practices. In early March, CPPIB and Florida SBA voted against Apple’s executive pay plan citing a mismatch between chief executive pay and stock performance.

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UNICEF and NBIM to Host Meetings on Children’s Human Rights

The United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF), a United Nations programme headquartered in New York City, has partnered with Norges Bank Investment Management (NBIM) to facilitate a series of meetings between companies to discuss issues surrounding children’s human rights.

According to the news release, “the network will facilitate dialogue between leading brands and retailers in the garment and footwear industry to strengthen children’s rights.”

NBIM is invested in many listed companies and have invited them to join a network to tackle these issues. Over the next two years, the organizations plan to hold three workshops as well as quarterly meetings surrounding these issues.

“Over time, we hope and expect that the network will contribute to improved market practices among companies and greater respect for children’s rights,” says Carine Smith Ihenacho, Global Head of Ownership Strategies, in a NBIM press release.

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SouthGobi’s CEO Arrested, CIC Struggles with Investment

The China Investment Corporation (CIC) has long struggled with its investments in coal assets, specifically in globally-listed coal miner SouthGobi Resources Ltd, which operates its flagship coal mine in Mongolia. In November 2009, CIC and SouthGobi Resources inked a convertible debenture deal. [ Content protected for Sovereign Wealth Fund Institute Standard subscribers only. Please subscribe to view content. ]

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Qatar Central Bank Deals with MSCI

MSCI, a stock index company whose benchmarks influence investor behavior, has tremendous indirect power impacting the stock markets of smaller economies. In 1988, MSCI released its emerging markets index, a now-widely-used benchmark for many institutional investors wanting access to growth markets. China and South Korea make up the majority of the benchmark, but smaller economies such as Poland, Chile and even Qatar make up other pieces of it.

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