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At the previous investment committee meeting, the board voted to make the commitment, despite accusations the firm had misled the pension on diversity efforts.
Investors’ views over the importance of DE&I issues and whether they ultimately affect fund commitments are as varied as the LP community itself.
Diversity has become a flashpoint for board members of many LPs, who believe they can steer managers into paying more than lip service to the topic.
Gender-lens investing is just the start of the conversation when it comes to equity in private market investments, says DEG’s Katharina Thier.
Meketa Investment Group received nearly 50% more responses from managers to its annual DE&I questionnaire than last year.
The fund has made three investments so far: a gym chain, a residential property development and a financial technology business. It 'aspires to change the way institutional capital flows to communities of colour,' says alternatives chief Edwin Conway.
The listed firm has added professionals in New York and Copenhagen.
The 54-year-old firm has created a joint venture with a fledgling credit platform led by three experienced women in private markets.
The pension is seeking managers pursuing a broad range of private equity strategies.
The Illinois-based LP has allocated 22% of portfolio assets to MWDBE-owned firms.

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