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H.R. 1119: Freedom to Invest in a Sustainable Future Act

The text of the bill below is as of Feb 21, 2023 (Introduced).



1st Session

H. R. 1119


February 21, 2023

(for herself, Mr. Casten, Mr. Vargas, and Mr. Phillips) introduced the following bill; which was referred to the Committee on Education and the Workforce


To amend the Employee Retirement Income Security Act of 1974 to permit retirement plans to consider certain factors in investment decisions.


Short title

This Act may be cited as the Freedom to Invest in a Sustainable Future Act.


ERISA amendments

Subsection (a) of section 404 of the Employee Retirement Income Security Act of 1974 (29 U.S.C. 1104) is amended by adding at the end the following new paragraph:


Provided that a fiduciary discharges the fiduciary's duties with respect to a plan in a manner otherwise consistent with this subsection, a fiduciary may—


consider environmental, social, governance, or similar factors, in connection with carrying out an investment decision, strategy, or objective, or other fiduciary act; and


consider collateral environmental, social, governance, or similar factors as tie-breakers when competing investments can reasonably be expected to serve the plan’s economic interests equally well with respect to expected return and risk over the appropriate time horizon.


In a case described in clause (i) or (ii) of subparagraph (A), a fiduciary shall not be required to maintain any greater documentation, substantiation, or other justification of the fiduciary’s actions relating to such fiduciary act than is otherwise required under this part.


Nothing in this part shall preclude an investment selected in accordance with clause (i) or (ii) of subparagraph (A) from being treated as a default investment or a component of such a default investment (as described in regulations issued by the Secretary under subsection (c)(5)(A)), if such investment would otherwise qualify for such treatment under such regulations.