The Board of Trustees (“Board”) of the Park Employees’ and Retirement Board Employees’ Annuity and Benefit Fund of Chicago (the “Fund”) hereby issues a request for competitive proposals (“RFP”) from Investment Advisory firms interested in providing an Emerging Market equity strategy (the “Respondents”). All forms needed for submitting a response to this RFP are available on the Fund’s website at https://www.chicagoparkpension.org/request-for-proposal/ and the consultant’s website at https://meketa.com/manager-center/request-for-proposal/. Respondents to this RFP are responsible for monitoring the Fund’s website for information pertaining to the RFP, while the RFP is outstanding.
It is the public policy of the State of Illinois to encourage the Board to increase the racial, ethnic, and gender diversity of its fiduciaries to the greatest extent feasible within the bounds of financial and fiduciary prudence. In furtherance of this public policy and the requirements of the Illinois Pension Code, it is the Board’s goal to use its best efforts to increase the racial, ethnic, and gender diversity of its fiduciaries, including its external investment managers (4 ILCS 5/1-109.1). Consistent with that goal, the Board will actively consider emerging investment managers and investment managers that are minority-owned businesses, women-owned businesses and businesses owned by a person with a disability (“MWDBE”) that meet the required capabilities for this RFP. If a Respondent is an emerging investment manager or an MWDBE investment manager and meets the criteria in the RFP, then that Respondent shall receive an invitation by the Board to present as a finalist. If there are multiple emerging or MWDBE Respondents that meet the criteria set forth in the RFP, then the Board may choose the most qualified firm or firms to present.
II. RFP TIMELINE AND MANDATE SIZE
A. Date of Issue: November 20, 2023
B. RFP Submission Due Date: December 18, 2023
C. Mandate Size: Approximately $20 million