Pension managers use a variety of measures to determine when and where to invest the assets of the fund beneficiaries. The trustees who set policies that oversee these investments have a responsibility to invest in the best interest of their members.
With the growing capacity of information gathering in the computer era it is possible to take into account more factors when determining how best to protect the assets of a pension fund for the future.
The AFL-CIO Center for Working Capital promotes active investment among pension funds where organized labor has fund trustees. Working with the California Labor Federation, the Center sought to promote the clearer articulation of labor and environmental standards when funds consider investing in countries without well developed economies.