Michigan Retirement Systems administers retirement programs for Michigan’s state employees, public school employees, judges, state police and National Guard members. This includes over 553,000 customers, approximately 267,000 active and 288,000 retired members. It administers five defined benefit pension plans, four defined benefit retiree healthcare plans and two defined contribution plans. The financial institution manages combined net assets of over USD 73.3 billion.
In terms of its approach to senior leadership accountability, Michigan Retirement Systems has an opportunity to assign responsibility for sustainability to the group’s highest governing body and link the remuneration of its executive or management teams to sustainability performance criteria. Furthermore, no evidence was found that the financial institution is committed to gender equality and women’s empowerment. Michigan Retirement Systems could disclose the proportion of women in senior leadership roles as well as how it addresses any gender pay gaps. The financial institution has an opportunity to describe its engagement approach on sustainability themes and impact topics with investees.
There is no evidence that Michigan Retirement Systems discloses a target to reach net-zero financed emissions by 2050. It has an opportunity to disclose the key sectors and companies it has identified as priorities to engage with on climate change, specifically on the alignment with the Paris Agreement. Furthermore, it could disclose the amount of its investment devoted to climate solutions. Regarding nature and biodiversity, no evidence was found that the financial institution is committed to minimising its negative impacts or financing regenerative solutions.
There is no evidence that Michigan Retirement Systems has a publicly available policy statement committing it to respect human rights laid out in the UN Guiding Principles and the ILO declaration on fundamental rights at work. Therefore, it has an opportunity to describe a comprehensive process for identifying its human rights risks and impacts across all its activities, especially its investment activities. It also has an opportunity to disclose the proportion of its total direct operations workforce for each employee category by age group, gender or another indicator of diversity. To provide transparency on financial inclusivity, Michigan Retirement Systems could disclose the amount of finance directed towards low-income developing countries.