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Two councils target net zero, East Sussex buys sustainable equities

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ESG spotlight: A roundup of the latest news on environmental, social and governance initiatives, with the Lambeth and Shropshire pension schemes setting goals for net zero carbon emissions, and the East Sussex scheme investing in a new passive global equity, ex-fossil fuels portfolio.

Schemes need to constantly engage with managers to achieve net zero

Podcast: Lombard Odier Investment Managers’ Thomas Höhne-Sparborth and the Environment Agency Pension Fund’s Marion Maloney discuss how schemes can put in place and achieve net zero targets.

Border to Coast updates responsible investment policies

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On the go: The £34.6bn Border to Coast Pensions Partnership has published its revised responsible investment policies, which strengthen its voting approach and outline how it will engage to push for positive change from the companies in its portfolio.

Is legislation helping trustees on their journey to net zero?

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When it comes to making their schemes greener, trustees have a lot to get their heads around. But current climate-related legislation is helping to focus minds and offer a framework for meeting net zero targets.

Investment managers’ boardrooms lagging on ESG

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On the go: Investment managers lack environmental, social and governance experience at boardroom level, with less than a quarter having mandatory training for board members, according to new research.

Just two bulk annuity insurers are signed up to UK Stewardship Code

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Only Aviva and Scottish Widows have signed up to the UK Stewardship Code out of the eight bulk annuity insurers, new LCP research has highlighted.

Standard Life moves 1.5m savers into sustainable default funds

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On the go: Standard Life, part of Phoenix Group, is moving £15bn of assets and 1.5m pension clients to a default strategy that will mainly provide a passive, lower-cost sustainable solution.

What UK pension schemes can learn from abroad about reaching net zero

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The UK is said to be leading on climate change; however, there are examples of best practice seen internationally that schemes could follow in the push for net zero.

Cushon Master Trust hires bond managers

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On the go: The £1.1bn Cushon Master Trust has appointed Wellington Management and Lombard Odier Investment Managers to handle the bond element of its new investment strategy, which focuses on sustainable investments and is launching in early 2022.