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Washington

Washington has one main public pension fund administrator, DRS:

  • The DRS advisory committee represents all eligible public and local employees and consists of 15 members: All are nominated by members and are appointed by the DRS director.
  • The Washington State Investment Council administers the system’s assets and discloses its specific proxy voting records on this website.

The first table utilizes the state’s publicly disclosed proxy voting records for public securities that it directly owns through pension fund portfolios. The second table uses the aggregated proxy voting records of the state’s asset managers, who manage the pensions’ stock market portfolio either through mutual funds or ETFs, and are therefore exercising proxy voting privileges as well. Both of these tables are necessary to reflect an accurate and comprehensive picture of the state’s proxy voting records.

Averages

Pro-ESG

Anti-ESG

State Voting Average

45%

State Voting Average (Anti-ESG):

0%

State Rank

27th

State Rank (Anti-ESG):

29th

Asset Manager Average

40%

Asset Manager Average (Anti-ESG):

5%

By Asset Manager

BlackRock

Percentage of times Mgr. voted “for” pro-ESG proposals:

30%

BNY Mellon Funds

Percentage of times Mgr. voted “for” pro-ESG proposals:

34%

Credit Suisse

Percentage of times Mgr. voted “for” pro-ESG proposals:

34%

Evercore Group LLC

Percentage of times Mgr. voted “for” pro-ESG proposals:

34%

Goldman Sachs Asset Management

Percentage of times Mgr. voted “for” pro-ESG proposals:

33%

JP Morgan Asset Management

Percentage of times Mgr. voted “for” pro-ESG proposals:

37%

Monarch Capital Partners V LP

Percentage of times Mgr. voted “for” pro-ESG proposals:

37%

Morgan Stanley

Percentage of times Mgr. voted “for” pro-ESG proposals:

38%

RBC Capital Markets LLC

Percentage of times Mgr. voted “for” pro-ESG proposals:

38%

UBS

Percentage of times Mgr. voted “for” pro-ESG proposals:

39%

Virtus Funds

Percentage of times Mgr. voted “for” pro-ESG proposals:

40%

Macquarie Investment Management Advisers

Percentage of times Mgr. voted “for” pro-ESG proposals:

40%

Asset Manager Voting

Board Diversity:

23%

Require Environmental/Social Qualifications:

0%

Establish Environmental/Social Committee:

3%

Link Executive Pay to Social Goals:

9%

Climate Change:

34%

GHG Emissions:

42%

Climate Change Action:

14%

Report on Healthcare/Abortion:

17%

Weapons-Related Proposals:

9%

Social Proposal:

21%

Income Inequality:

0%

Political Activities and Action:

3%

Political Contributions and Lobbying:

26%

Political Lobbying Disclosure:

45%

Racial Equity Audit:

44%

Management Environmental Proposals:

96%

Anti-Social:

3%

Charitable Contributions:

7%

State Voting

Board Diversity:

42.9%

Require Environmental/Social Qualifications:

100.0%

Establish Environmental/Social Committee:

0.0%

Link Executive Pay to Social Goals:

0.0%

Climate Change:

36.2%

GHG Emissions:

87.0%

Report on Healthcare/Abortion:

40.0%

Weapons-Related Proposals:

40.0%

Social Proposal:

38.5%

Income Inequality:

33.3%

Political Activities and Action:

33.3%

Political Contributions and Lobbying:

70.0%

Political Contributions and Lobbying:

77.8%

Racial Equity Audit:

61.3%

Management Environmental Proposals:

100.0%

Anti-Social:

0.0%

Charitable Contributions:

0.0%

**The Retirement Systems of Alabama (RSA) has denied that State Street invests equities or casts proxy votes for the State. RSA has yet to publish its proxy voting records or disclose its investment managers. RSA’s public records list State Street a custodial bank and as a fund manager. No other investment managers are named in RSA public records, which is what is reported on the 1792 Exchange Proxy Database. RSA claims that Glass Lewis conducts its proxy voting. 1792 Exchange encourages RSA to publish these voting records in order that these records might be updated on this page. 1792 Exchange also encourages RSA to retain authority over proxy voting for ESG resolutions and not entrust these duties to Glass Lewis, a firm the Attorney General of Alabama has investigated for promoting ESG priorities at the expense of fiduciary responsibility.

Disclaimer: The information contained in this report, ‘Proxy Voting,’ is intended for educational purposes only and does not constitute financial or investment advice. Click here for the full disclaimer.

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