ESG is increasingly important for schemes but trustees have little influence over manager decisions. Pádraig Floyd asks what they can do to redress the balance.
While it may be tough for small schemes to manage their approach to ESG-related investment risks, there are ways to meet this fiduciary responsibility, says Richard Butcher
While equities are often considered the best weapon to wield in ESG-related engagement, pension schemes also have huge power through their bond allocations, says Mitch Reznick
While the pensions industry’s approach to ESG has changed considerably since three years ago, there are still opportunities for schemes to take advantage of, says Lauren Peacock.
The £30bn Brunel Pension Partnership pool has selected Truvalue Labs to evaluate ESG and reputational risks across all of its asset managers.
From October, trustees need to show how they are factoring ESG issues into investment decisions. Holly Roach explores why the changes may not be radical but could boost member engagement.
Across the industry, two key discussions are dominating the landscape: ESG and DC investment. Getting the approach to both of these right is vital, says Jonathan Stapleton.
The majority of schemes have claimed political and economic uncertainty has led them to disregard contingency planning for the range of potential Brexit outcomes.
Local authority schemes must work alongside other stakeholders, in the UK and abroad, to deliver meaningful action on ESG issues, says John Gray
Portfolios constructed using a cashflow-driven approach can prove to be a good fit for meeting ESG regulatory requirements and mitigating risk, says David Curtis.
Schemes are still dissuaded from integrating ESG-conscious investments into their portfolios due to a lack of evidence on performance, a Sackers survey finds.
BNY Mellon Investment Management has launched a sustainable global equity income fund under the management of boutique Newton Investment Management's Nick Clay, and head of responsible and charity investment Rob Stewart.
This week's top stories included the GMP Equalisation Working Group publishing a call to action to help schemes begin the process.
The City and County of Swansea Local Government Pension Scheme (LGPS) will swap around a quarter of its assets to a low-carbon fund by the end of the month, it has announced.
Pension fund investors could face further disclosure requirements on ESG matters as an industry working group considers fresh law for trustees for as soon as next year.
There is mounting pressure on schemes to engage more actively with firms in which they invest. Charlotte Moore takes a look at the different approaches being used.
While greater consideration of ESG is boosting impressions of UK pension funds, Brexit is dampening investor confidence, notes David Weeks.
The Environment Agency Pension Fund (EAPF) has joined a coalition of 88 investors to demand companies disclose more information on environmental impact.
Greater incentives are needed to encourage institutional investors, including pension funds, to invest in such a way to help prevent climate change, investment experts have argued.
This week's Pensions Buzz respondents rejected James Brokenshire's suggestion that savers should be able to use their pensions to fund deposits for house purchases.
Pension schemes and their investment managers must take their environmental and social responsibilities seriously and use funds to tackle climate change, Guy Opperman has said.
Asset managers must begin publishing engagement policies for investee companies in a bid to improve stewardship, transparency, and stakeholder relationships.
This week's Pensions Buzz respondents have decidedly rejected former energy and climate change secretary Sir Ed Davey's argument that schemes should divest from fossil fuel intensive companies.
For too long, ESG has been talked about as if it were something outside our main investment process. Jonathan Stapleton says this must change.