Obama Administration to Address RFK Compass Conference

(New York, N.Y. | October 26, 2015) Robert F. Kennedy Human Rights applauds the Department of Labor’s recent decision to eliminate certain ERISA restrictions and is proud to announce Carlyle Group Co-CEO David Rubenstein, Senators Senator Cory Booker (D-NJ) and Orrin Hatch (R-UT) will join U.S. Secretary of Labor Thomas Perez as keynote speakers for the Robert F. Kennedy Compass Conference in Washington, D.C.

The event takes place from November 12-13. In addition to Mr. Rubenstein, Secretary Perez and the senators attendees will hear from:

  • Lucas Benitez – Co-Founder, Coalition of Immokalee Workers
  • William Daley – Managing Partner, Argentiere Capital
  • Jason Furman – Chairman, Council of Economic Advisers
  • Jay Pelosky – Principal, J2Z Advisory
  • Jeffrey Zients – Director, National Economic Council

“This year’s speakers provide a range of perspectives on why fiduciaries must include human rights considerations in their investment decisions,” said Kerry Kennedy, President of Robert F Kennedy Human Rights. “While investors face many challenges, the opportunities for fiduciaries to make decisions that ultimately create positive change in our world has never been greater.”

Attendees will be able to participate in panels and hear briefings on a variety of key investing issues. Topics to be covered include the impact of the Labor Department’s ERISA ruling, exploring impact investing, how investors can promote human rights, investing with diverse managers, ESG and private equity investing, and asset allocation strategies for endowment and foundations. Panelists and presenters at Robert F. Kennedy Compass come from a diverse group of US and international institutional investors and leading investment management firms and academic institutions.

Robert F. Kennedy Compass Conferences convene members of the investment community to discuss investment approaches that consider human rights, corporate governance and environmental issues in the context of achieving superior risk-adjusted returns. Decision makers at major public pension funds, sovereign wealth funds, foundations, endowments and family offices regularly attend Robert F. Kennedy Compass Conferences to hear the latest thinking on sustainable investing from peers, policy makers, thought leaders and asset managers.