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  • Overall approach
    1/10
    • Overarching commitment on deforestation
      0/6
    • Deforestation as a business risk
      0/1
    • Target to reduce emissions in scope 1/2
      Reduce emissions
      Yes
      0/0
      What is the target date for the financial institution to achieve their climate target?: 2050

      Is the financial institution's climate target aligned with SBTi?: Yes

      Type of climate target: Net-zero emissions
      "CalSTRS has pledged to achieve net zero greenhouse gas emissions in our investment portfolio by 2050 or sooner. Net zero means the amount of greenhouse gases emitted by humans is offset by the amount taken away, either by natural means, such as forests, or by technology, such as carbon capture and storage"
    • Clients/holdings must have anti-corruption policy
      0.0/1
    • Collaborative finance sector initiatives
      1/2
      Collaborative initiatives
      Yes, involved in a collaborative finance sector initiative focused on deforestation
      1/2
      Which initiative?: CERES ; Investor Working Group on Sustainable Palm Oil

      Does the financial institution engage ESG data providers on the need for better data on deforestation?: No

      In which location?: Global

      Is a 2025 target date encouraged within the collaborative initiative(s)?: No
      Member of CERES ; Investor Working Group on Sustainable Palm Oil
    • Nature/people-positive investment
  • Commodity score
    0/90
    • Beef & Leather
      0/90
      • Policy Strength
        0/28
        • Commodity-specific deforestation financing policy
          0/8.8
          • Commitment details
            No commitment
            0/8
          • Policy applies to all operations and financing
            No
            0/0.2
          • Policy applies to all deals
            No
            0/0.2
          • Policy applies to all clients/holdings
            No
            0/0.2
          • Policy applies to all stages of the supply chain
            None
            0/0.2
        • Clients/holdings must be legally operated
          0/2.8
          • Commitment details
            No commitment
            0/2
          • Policy applies to all operations and financing
            No
            0/0.2
          • Policy applies to all deals
            No
            0/0.2
          • Policy applies to all clients/holdings
            No
            0/0.2
          • Policy applies to all stages of the supply chain
            None
            0/0.2
        • Clients/holdings must monitor operations
          0/3.8
          • Commitment details
            No commitment
            0/3
          • Policy applies to all operations and financing
            No
            0/0.2
          • Policy applies to all deals
            No
            0/0.2
          • Policy applies to all clients/holdings
            No
            0/0.2
          • Policy applies to all stages of the supply chain
            None
            0/0.2
        • Clients/holdings must conduct risk assessments
          0/3.8
          • Commitment details
            No commitment
            0/3
          • Policy applies to all operations and financing
            No
            0/0.2
          • Policy applies to all deals
            No
            0/0.2
          • Policy applies to all clients/holdings
            No
            0/0.2
          • Policy applies to all stages of the supply chain
            None
            0/0.2
        • Clients/holdings must specify a cut-off date
          0/3.8
          • Commitment details
            No commitment
            0/3
          • Policy applies to all operations and financing
            No
            0/0.2
          • Policy applies to all deals
            No
            0/0.2
          • Policy applies to all clients/holdings
            No
            0/0.2
          • Policy applies to all stages of the supply chain
            None
            0/0.2
        • Target date for policy implementation
          0/3.8
          • Commitment details
            No commitment
            0/3
          • Policy applies to all operations and financing
            No
            0/0.2
          • Policy applies to all deals
            No
            0/0.2
          • Policy applies to all clients/holdings
            No
            0/0.2
          • Policy applies to all stages of the supply chain
            None
            0/0.2
      • Associated Human Rights Abuses
        0/27
        • Clients/holdings must test Free, Prior and Informed Consent
          0/3.8
          • Commitment details
            No commitment
            0/3
          • Policy applies to all operations and financing
            No
            0/0.2
          • Policy applies to all deals
            No
            0/0.2
          • Policy applies to all clients/holdings
            No
            0/0.2
          • Policy applies to all stages of the supply chain
            None
            0/0.2
        • Clients/holdings must have a grievance mechanism
          0/3.8
          • Commitment details
            No commitment
            0/3
          • Policy applies to all operations and financing
            No
            0/0.2
          • Policy applies to all deals
            No
            0/0.2
          • Policy applies to all clients/holdings
            No
            0/0.2
          • Policy applies to all stages of the supply chain
            None
            0/0.2
        • Clients/holdings must respect labour rights
          0/3.8
          • Commitment details
            No commitment
            0/3
          • Policy applies to all operations and financing
            No
            0/0.2
          • Policy applies to all deals
            No
            0/0.2
          • Policy applies to all clients/holdings
            No
            0/0.2
          • Policy applies to all stages of the supply chain
            None
            0/0.2
        • Clients/holdings must address gender equality issues
          0/3.8
          • Commitment details
            No commitment
            0/3
          • Policy applies to all operations and financing
            No
            0/0.2
          • Policy applies to all deals
            No
            0/0.2
          • Policy applies to all clients/holdings
            No
            0/0.2
          • Policy applies to all stages of the supply chain
            None
            0/0.2
        • Clients/holdings must encourage the inclusion of small-scale farmers
          0/3.8
          • Commitment details
            No commitment
            0/3
          • Policy applies to all operations and financing
            No
            0/0.2
          • Policy applies to all deals
            No
            0/0.2
          • Policy applies to all clients/holdings
            No
            0/0.2
          • Policy applies to all stages of the supply chain
            None
            0/0.2
        • Clients/holdings must respect customary rights to land, resources, and territory
          0/3.8
          • Commitment details
            No commitment
            0/3
          • Policy applies to all operations and financing
            No
            0/0.2
          • Policy applies to all deals
            No
            0/0.2
          • Policy applies to all clients/holdings
            No
            0/0.2
          • Policy applies to all stages of the supply chain
            None
            0/0.2
        • Zero tolerance approach to violence and threats
          0/3.8
          • Commitment details
            No commitment
            0/3
          • Policy applies to all operations and financing
            No
            0/0.2
          • Policy applies to all deals
            No
            0/0.2
          • Policy applies to all clients/holdings
            No
            0/0.2
          • Policy applies to all stages of the supply chain
            None
            0/0.2
      • Implementation and Reporting
        0/35
        • Assess client/holding exposure prior to onboarding
          No
          0/5
        • Require disclosure of projects/locations
          No reporting
          0/4
        • Policy is reviewed and updated
          No
          0/2
        • Monitoring and non-compliance process
          No
          0/5
        • Engagement with non-compliant clients/holdings
          No
          0/5
        • Engagement with non-compliant companies
          0/0
        • Reporting on implementation of the policy
          No
          0/6
        • Green financing product with deforestation/conversion requirements
          No
          0/2
        • Publicly accessible grievance mechanism
          No
          0/2
        • Remediation of environmental or social harms
          No
          0/4
    • Palm oil
      0/90
      • Policy Strength
        0/28
        • Commodity-specific deforestation financing policy
          0/8.8
          • Commitment details
            No commitment
            0/8
          • Policy applies to all operations and financing
            No
            0/0.2
          • Policy applies to all deals
            No
            0/0.2
          • Policy applies to all clients/holdings
            No
            0/0.2
          • Policy applies to all stages of the supply chain
            None
            0/0.2
        • Clients/holdings must be legally operated
          0/2.8
          • Commitment details
            No commitment
            0/2
          • Policy applies to all operations and financing
            No
            0/0.2
          • Policy applies to all deals
            No
            0/0.2
          • Policy applies to all clients/holdings
            No
            0/0.2
          • Policy applies to all stages of the supply chain
            None
            0/0.2
        • Clients/holdings must monitor operations
          0/3.8
          • Commitment details
            No commitment
            0/3
          • Policy applies to all operations and financing
            No
            0/0.2
          • Policy applies to all deals
            No
            0/0.2
          • Policy applies to all clients/holdings
            No
            0/0.2
          • Policy applies to all stages of the supply chain
            None
            0/0.2
        • Clients/holdings must conduct risk assessments
          0/3.8
          • Commitment details
            No commitment
            0/3
          • Policy applies to all operations and financing
            No
            0/0.2
          • Policy applies to all deals
            No
            0/0.2
          • Policy applies to all clients/holdings
            No
            0/0.2
          • Policy applies to all stages of the supply chain
            None
            0/0.2
        • Clients/holdings must specify a cut-off date
          0/3.8
          • Commitment details
            No commitment
            0/3
          • Policy applies to all operations and financing
            No
            0/0.2
          • Policy applies to all deals
            No
            0/0.2
          • Policy applies to all clients/holdings
            No
            0/0.2
          • Policy applies to all stages of the supply chain
            None
            0/0.2
        • Target date for policy implementation
          0/3.8
          • Commitment details
            No commitment
            0/3
          • Policy applies to all operations and financing
            No
            0/0.2
          • Policy applies to all deals
            No
            0/0.2
          • Policy applies to all clients/holdings
            No
            0/0.2
          • Policy applies to all stages of the supply chain
            None
            0/0.2
      • Associated Human Rights Abuses
        0/27
        • Clients/holdings must test Free, Prior and Informed Consent
          0/3.8
          • Commitment details
            No commitment
            0/3
          • Policy applies to all operations and financing
            No
            0/0.2
          • Policy applies to all deals
            No
            0/0.2
          • Policy applies to all clients/holdings
            No
            0/0.2
          • Policy applies to all stages of the supply chain
            None
            0/0.2
        • Clients/holdings must have a grievance mechanism
          0/3.8
          • Commitment details
            No commitment
            0/3
          • Policy applies to all operations and financing
            No
            0/0.2
          • Policy applies to all deals
            No
            0/0.2
          • Policy applies to all clients/holdings
            No
            0/0.2
          • Policy applies to all stages of the supply chain
            None
            0/0.2
        • Clients/holdings must respect labour rights
          0/3.8
          • Commitment details
            No commitment
            0/3
          • Policy applies to all operations and financing
            No
            0/0.2
          • Policy applies to all deals
            No
            0/0.2
          • Policy applies to all clients/holdings
            No
            0/0.2
          • Policy applies to all stages of the supply chain
            None
            0/0.2
        • Clients/holdings must address gender equality issues
          0/3.8
          • Commitment details
            No commitment
            0/3
          • Policy applies to all operations and financing
            No
            0/0.2
          • Policy applies to all deals
            No
            0/0.2
          • Policy applies to all clients/holdings
            No
            0/0.2
          • Policy applies to all stages of the supply chain
            None
            0/0.2
        • Clients/holdings must encourage the inclusion of small-scale farmers
          0/3.8
          • Commitment details
            No commitment
            0/3
          • Policy applies to all operations and financing
            No
            0/0.2
          • Policy applies to all deals
            No
            0/0.2
          • Policy applies to all clients/holdings
            No
            0/0.2
          • Policy applies to all stages of the supply chain
            None
            0/0.2
        • Clients/holdings must respect customary rights to land, resources, and territory
          0/3.8
          • Commitment details
            No commitment
            0/3
          • Policy applies to all operations and financing
            No
            0/0.2
          • Policy applies to all deals
            No
            0/0.2
          • Policy applies to all clients/holdings
            No
            0/0.2
          • Policy applies to all stages of the supply chain
            None
            0/0.2
        • Zero tolerance approach to violence and threats
          0/3.8
          • Commitment details
            No commitment
            0/3
          • Policy applies to all operations and financing
            No
            0/0.2
          • Policy applies to all deals
            No
            0/0.2
          • Policy applies to all clients/holdings
            No
            0/0.2
          • Policy applies to all stages of the supply chain
            None
            0/0.2
      • Implementation and Reporting
        0/35
        • Assess client/holding exposure prior to onboarding
          No
          0/5
        • Require disclosure of projects/locations
          No reporting
          0/4
        • Policy is reviewed and updated
          No
          0/2
        • Monitoring and non-compliance process
          No
          0/5
        • Engagement with non-compliant clients/holdings
          No
          0/5
        • Engagement with non-compliant companies
          0/0
        • Reporting on implementation of the policy
          No
          0/6
        • Green financing product with deforestation/conversion requirements
          No
          0/2
        • Publicly accessible grievance mechanism
          No
          0/2
        • Remediation of environmental or social harms
          No
          0/4
    • Soy
      0/90
      • Policy Strength
        0/28
        • Commodity-specific deforestation financing policy
          0/8.8
          • Commitment details
            No commitment
            0/8
          • Policy applies to all operations and financing
            No
            0/0.2
          • Policy applies to all deals
            No
            0/0.2
          • Policy applies to all clients/holdings
            No
            0/0.2
          • Policy applies to all stages of the supply chain
            None
            0/0.2
        • Clients/holdings must be legally operated
          0/2.8
          • Commitment details
            No commitment
            0/2
          • Policy applies to all operations and financing
            No
            0/0.2
          • Policy applies to all deals
            No
            0/0.2
          • Policy applies to all clients/holdings
            No
            0/0.2
          • Policy applies to all stages of the supply chain
            None
            0/0.2
        • Clients/holdings must monitor operations
          0/3.8
          • Commitment details
            No commitment
            0/3
          • Policy applies to all operations and financing
            No
            0/0.2
          • Policy applies to all deals
            No
            0/0.2
          • Policy applies to all clients/holdings
            No
            0/0.2
          • Policy applies to all stages of the supply chain
            None
            0/0.2
        • Clients/holdings must conduct risk assessments
          0/3.8
          • Commitment details
            No commitment
            0/3
          • Policy applies to all operations and financing
            No
            0/0.2
          • Policy applies to all deals
            No
            0/0.2
          • Policy applies to all clients/holdings
            No
            0/0.2
          • Policy applies to all stages of the supply chain
            None
            0/0.2
        • Clients/holdings must specify a cut-off date
          0/3.8
          • Commitment details
            No commitment
            0/3
          • Policy applies to all operations and financing
            No
            0/0.2
          • Policy applies to all deals
            No
            0/0.2
          • Policy applies to all clients/holdings
            No
            0/0.2
          • Policy applies to all stages of the supply chain
            None
            0/0.2
        • Target date for policy implementation
          0/3.8
          • Commitment details
            No commitment
            0/3
          • Policy applies to all operations and financing
            No
            0/0.2
          • Policy applies to all deals
            No
            0/0.2
          • Policy applies to all clients/holdings
            No
            0/0.2
          • Policy applies to all stages of the supply chain
            None
            0/0.2
      • Associated Human Rights Abuses
        0/27
        • Clients/holdings must test Free, Prior and Informed Consent
          0/3.8
          • Commitment details
            No commitment
            0/3
          • Policy applies to all operations and financing
            No
            0/0.2
          • Policy applies to all deals
            No
            0/0.2
          • Policy applies to all clients/holdings
            No
            0/0.2
          • Policy applies to all stages of the supply chain
            None
            0/0.2
        • Clients/holdings must have a grievance mechanism
          0/3.8
          • Commitment details
            No commitment
            0/3
          • Policy applies to all operations and financing
            No
            0/0.2
          • Policy applies to all deals
            No
            0/0.2
          • Policy applies to all clients/holdings
            No
            0/0.2
          • Policy applies to all stages of the supply chain
            None
            0/0.2
        • Clients/holdings must respect labour rights
          0/3.8
          • Commitment details
            No commitment
            0/3
          • Policy applies to all operations and financing
            No
            0/0.2
          • Policy applies to all deals
            No
            0/0.2
          • Policy applies to all clients/holdings
            No
            0/0.2
          • Policy applies to all stages of the supply chain
            None
            0/0.2
        • Clients/holdings must address gender equality issues
          0/3.8
          • Commitment details
            No commitment
            0/3
          • Policy applies to all operations and financing
            No
            0/0.2
          • Policy applies to all deals
            No
            0/0.2
          • Policy applies to all clients/holdings
            No
            0/0.2
          • Policy applies to all stages of the supply chain
            None
            0/0.2
        • Clients/holdings must encourage the inclusion of small-scale farmers
          0/3.8
          • Commitment details
            No commitment
            0/3
          • Policy applies to all operations and financing
            No
            0/0.2
          • Policy applies to all deals
            No
            0/0.2
          • Policy applies to all clients/holdings
            No
            0/0.2
          • Policy applies to all stages of the supply chain
            None
            0/0.2
        • Clients/holdings must respect customary rights to land, resources, and territory
          0/3.8
          • Commitment details
            No commitment
            0/3
          • Policy applies to all operations and financing
            No
            0/0.2
          • Policy applies to all deals
            No
            0/0.2
          • Policy applies to all clients/holdings
            No
            0/0.2
          • Policy applies to all stages of the supply chain
            None
            0/0.2
        • Zero tolerance approach to violence and threats
          0/3.8
          • Commitment details
            No commitment
            0/3
          • Policy applies to all operations and financing
            No
            0/0.2
          • Policy applies to all deals
            No
            0/0.2
          • Policy applies to all clients/holdings
            No
            0/0.2
          • Policy applies to all stages of the supply chain
            None
            0/0.2
      • Implementation and Reporting
        0/35
        • Assess client/holding exposure prior to onboarding
          No
          0/5
        • Require disclosure of projects/locations
          No reporting
          0/4
        • Policy is reviewed and updated
          No
          0/2
        • Monitoring and non-compliance process
          No
          0/5
        • Engagement with non-compliant clients/holdings
          No
          0/5
        • Engagement with non-compliant companies
          0/0
        • Reporting on implementation of the policy
          No
          0/6
        • Green financing product with deforestation/conversion requirements
          No
          0/2
        • Publicly accessible grievance mechanism
          No
          0/2
        • Remediation of environmental or social harms
          No
          0/4
    • Timber, Pulp & Paper
      0/90
      • Policy Strength
        0/28
        • Commodity-specific deforestation financing policy
          0/8.8
          • Commitment details
            No commitment
            0/8
          • Policy applies to all operations and financing
            No
            0/0.2
          • Policy applies to all deals
            No
            0/0.2
          • Policy applies to all clients/holdings
            No
            0/0.2
          • Policy applies to all stages of the supply chain
            None
            0/0.2
        • Clients/holdings must be legally operated
          0/2.8
          • Commitment details
            No commitment
            0/2
          • Policy applies to all operations and financing
            No
            0/0.2
          • Policy applies to all deals
            No
            0/0.2
          • Policy applies to all clients/holdings
            No
            0/0.2
          • Policy applies to all stages of the supply chain
            None
            0/0.2
        • Clients/holdings must monitor operations
          0/3.8
          • Commitment details
            No commitment
            0/3
          • Policy applies to all operations and financing
            No
            0/0.2
          • Policy applies to all deals
            No
            0/0.2
          • Policy applies to all clients/holdings
            No
            0/0.2
          • Policy applies to all stages of the supply chain
            None
            0/0.2
        • Clients/holdings must conduct risk assessments
          0/3.8
          • Commitment details
            No commitment
            0/3
          • Policy applies to all operations and financing
            No
            0/0.2
          • Policy applies to all deals
            No
            0/0.2
          • Policy applies to all clients/holdings
            No
            0/0.2
          • Policy applies to all stages of the supply chain
            None
            0/0.2
        • Clients/holdings must specify a cut-off date
          0/3.8
          • Commitment details
            No commitment
            0/3
          • Policy applies to all operations and financing
            No
            0/0.2
          • Policy applies to all deals
            No
            0/0.2
          • Policy applies to all clients/holdings
            No
            0/0.2
          • Policy applies to all stages of the supply chain
            None
            0/0.2
        • Target date for policy implementation
          0/3.8
          • Commitment details
            No commitment
            0/3
          • Policy applies to all operations and financing
            No
            0/0.2
          • Policy applies to all deals
            No
            0/0.2
          • Policy applies to all clients/holdings
            No
            0/0.2
          • Policy applies to all stages of the supply chain
            None
            0/0.2
      • Associated Human Rights Abuses
        0/27
        • Clients/holdings must test Free, Prior and Informed Consent
          0/3.8
          • Commitment details
            No commitment
            0/3
          • Policy applies to all operations and financing
            No
            0/0.2
          • Policy applies to all deals
            No
            0/0.2
          • Policy applies to all clients/holdings
            No
            0/0.2
          • Policy applies to all stages of the supply chain
            None
            0/0.2
        • Clients/holdings must have a grievance mechanism
          0/3.8
          • Commitment details
            No commitment
            0/3
          • Policy applies to all operations and financing
            No
            0/0.2
          • Policy applies to all deals
            No
            0/0.2
          • Policy applies to all clients/holdings
            No
            0/0.2
          • Policy applies to all stages of the supply chain
            None
            0/0.2
        • Clients/holdings must respect labour rights
          0/3.8
          • Commitment details
            No commitment
            0/3
          • Policy applies to all operations and financing
            No
            0/0.2
          • Policy applies to all deals
            No
            0/0.2
          • Policy applies to all clients/holdings
            No
            0/0.2
          • Policy applies to all stages of the supply chain
            None
            0/0.2
        • Clients/holdings must address gender equality issues
          0/3.8
          • Commitment details
            No commitment
            0/3
          • Policy applies to all operations and financing
            No
            0/0.2
          • Policy applies to all deals
            No
            0/0.2
          • Policy applies to all clients/holdings
            No
            0/0.2
          • Policy applies to all stages of the supply chain
            None
            0/0.2
        • Clients/holdings must encourage the inclusion of small-scale farmers
          0/3.8
          • Commitment details
            No commitment
            0/3
          • Policy applies to all operations and financing
            No
            0/0.2
          • Policy applies to all deals
            No
            0/0.2
          • Policy applies to all clients/holdings
            No
            0/0.2
          • Policy applies to all stages of the supply chain
            None
            0/0.2
        • Clients/holdings must respect customary rights to land, resources, and territory
          0/3.8
          • Commitment details
            No commitment
            0/3
          • Policy applies to all operations and financing
            No
            0/0.2
          • Policy applies to all deals
            No
            0/0.2
          • Policy applies to all clients/holdings
            No
            0/0.2
          • Policy applies to all stages of the supply chain
            None
            0/0.2
        • Zero tolerance approach to violence and threats
          0/3.8
          • Commitment details
            No commitment
            0/3
          • Policy applies to all operations and financing
            No
            0/0.2
          • Policy applies to all deals
            No
            0/0.2
          • Policy applies to all clients/holdings
            No
            0/0.2
          • Policy applies to all stages of the supply chain
            None
            0/0.2
      • Implementation and Reporting
        0/35
        • Assess client/holding exposure prior to onboarding
          No
          0/5
        • Require disclosure of projects/locations
          No reporting
          0/4
        • Policy is reviewed and updated
          No
          0/2
        • Monitoring and non-compliance process
          No
          0/5
        • Engagement with non-compliant companies
          0/0
        • Engagement with non-compliant clients/holdings
          No
          0/5
        • Reporting on implementation of the policy
          No
          0/6
        • Green financing product with deforestation/conversion requirements
          No
          0/2
        • Publicly accessible grievance mechanism
          No
          0/2
        • Remediation of environmental or social harms
          No
          0/4
  • Commitment strength
    0/28
    Avg. score
  • Implementation and Reporting
    0/35
    Avg. score
  • Associated Human Rights Abuses
    0/27
    Avg. score

Profile

California State Teachers' Retirement System (CalSTRS) is the second largest public pension fund in the United States' and is the largest teachers' retirement system. CalSTRS provides retirement, disability and survivor benefits to public school educators and families in California. As of October 2020, CalSTRS's portfolio was worth $254.7 billion. In the 2022 selection, California State Teachers' Retirement System (CalSTRS) was providing 13.6 billion USD to the Forest 500 companies.

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How we assess the Forest 500

Investors and lenders need to adopt and implement strong deforestation policies that ensure their investments are not funding the destruction of forests.

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