Category Archives: ESG

The G in ESG is vital to pensions and our pensions governance vital to ESG

  Sarah Wilson, chief executive of Minerva, the shareholder adviser, said: “At a time when innovation and [research and development] is so important it would seem that financial engineering is taking a higher priority.” – Financial Times  Employers looking for … Continue reading

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“Make my Money Matter” launches Tuesday; here’s your invitation

Make My Money Matter, spearheaded by Richard Curtis, Co-founder of Comic Relief, is launching a movement calling for the trillions of pounds invested in our UK pensions to build a better world – one that puts people and planet alongside profit. … Continue reading

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ESG? – don’t take anyone’s word for it!

  We employ asset managers for a reason The reason we employ asset managers is that they are better at investing our money than we are ourselves. They can do the job more time and cost effeciently , execute our … Continue reading

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Will COVID promote ESG or destroy it?

This time last year I was talking with BNY Mellon about using AgeWage as an ESG platform to help investors vote their shares. It’s not we decided to do (though there is one Fintech that’s taken up the challenge). The … Continue reading

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By their fruits ye shall know them.

    Ye shall know them by their fruits. Do men gather grapes of thorns, or figs of thistles? Even so every good tree bringeth forth good fruit; but a corrupt tree bringeth forth evil fruit.  A good tree cannot … Continue reading

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How savers can change the world

Direct involvement with the way your savings are invested I spent time (on Zoom)  with a young entrepreneur  whose business it is to get people to change the behaviours of companies they invest in. I won’t go into detail about … Continue reading

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Invest to change the world! #plsainvest20

  Investment has a PR problem. We do not aspire to be investors (no matter what Sid said). Indeed we (as in those who don’t normally go to investment conferences) think investment people arrogant, aloof and often downright crooked. A … Continue reading

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What do savers and pensioners say on climate change?

  Three events have dominated my news this week The impact of Coronavirus on people, events and financial markets The ruling against Heathrow’s third runway interventions by the DWP to ensure schemes measure and mange their carbon footprint. The arguments … Continue reading

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Time for pensions to act on climate change

The DWP has written a letter to the Pensions Regulator telling it to set out its climate change strategy. The letter is a little awkward as it tries to shoehorn the need for this strategy into TPR’s core objectives.  It’s … Continue reading

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Now it’s a Pension “Green” Bill

  The Government has introduced  radical new amendments to the Pension Schemes Bill  which allows it to force effective governance and disclosure of climate risk by occupational pensions schemes. What’s “radical” is that these amendments give the DWP the power … Continue reading

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