Royal London has introduced tilts to its £23bn passive equity funds - including in its flagship governed range – in a bid to further embed responsible investment across its propositions.
The insurer said the move will reduce the carbon intensity of the equity investment in its governed range by more than 10%.
It said the tilted equity funds will increase holdings of companies with good ESG practices and reduce holdings in companies with poorer practices. Royal London said these adjustments will be implemented to improve the ESG profile of the funds, without significantly impacting risk or returns and at no additional cost to customers.
Royal London chief commercial officer Julie Scott said: "The introduction of these tilts to our pension range is part of investing our customers' money responsibly to make a positive difference to the planet. We will also continue to engage with companies to promote positive change.
"We are committed to making investing responsibly easy. That's why we are making this enhancement to our default pension fund range, with no extra charge to our customers."
In June, Royal London outlined its climate commitments to achieve net zero across its investment portfolio by 2050; reduce its carbon equivalent emissions from the investment portfolio by 50% by 2030, while also developing climate solutions that enable customers to invest in the low carbon transition; and achieve Net Zero direct operational emissions by 2030.