Unions and Pension Funds



From governance issues that influence compensation packages, to the provision of employer-sponsored health insurance, to regulations impacting worker rights and workplace safety to undisclosed lobbying and political spending activities that stand to strengthen or weaken their voice, labor unions and state/city pension funds are  among the most active investors and are deeply invested in corporate responsibility.

As investors, few organizations have demonstrated a stronger interest in good corporate governance practices and the role governance plays in protecting shareholder democracy. Both labor organizations and pension fund members represent strong and critical voice for worker rights and greater equality both here in the U.S. and across the globe.

Case Study: AFSCME

AFSCME is the nation’s largest and fastest growing public services employees union with more than 1.6 million working and retired members. AFSCME’s members are nurses, corrections officers, child care providers, EMTs, sanitation workers and more. AFSCME advocates for fairness in the workplace, excellence in public services and prosperity and opportunity for all working families.

"Before becoming an ICCR member, we had worked with ICCR members around the push for giving shareholders a vote on executive compensation, and ICCR members’ efforts were critical to raising the profile of this important issue.When the opportunity came to become an ICCR member, we were pleased to join and be welcomed.

I have found the breadth and depth of knowledge of ICCR members and staff on many important investor issues of the day – including human rights, health care, board diversity and political spending  - to be invaluable. The opportunities for collaboration and sharing of expertise have been a major benefit of joining ICCR."

 John Keenan, Corporate Governance Analyst


To begin a conversation today about how your organization can join ICCR, please contact ICCR’s CEO Josh Zinner at [email protected] or (212) 870-2294.


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