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Pension funds poised to help social housing crisis


The pension fund industry could deploy its capital and expertise to revitalise everyday services such as social housing and infrastructure, after ambitious government plans to grow sectors have fallen short in recent years.

River and Mercantile joins green gilts issuance

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On the go: River and Mercantile has announced its participation in the government’s inaugural green gilts issuance.

Taskforce lays out measures to boost schemes’ voting powers


The Taskforce on Pension Scheme Voting Implementation has called on the Department for Work and Pensions and the Financial Conduct Authority to create templates and requirements aimed at boosting asset owners’ ability to vote, especially in pooled funds.

LPFA pushes for net-zero, consultants form new ESG initiative

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ESG spotlight: A roundup of the latest news on environmental, social and governance initiatives, with several asset owners joining the Paris Aligned Investment Initiative, the launch of a new net-zero investment consultants enterprise, and a group of investors putting pressure on governments to mandate companies and auditors to align financial accounts to net zero.

Weekly Roundup: A hugely complex mess


This week – ABI urges ‘rethink’ over normal minimum pension age hike, SPP warns dashboards may only provide illustrative figures, PLSA highlights discord over climate reporting rules, and Kent Pension Fund breaches LGPS regulations.

Industry body launches new ESG guide for trustees

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On the go: The Society of Pension Professionals has launched an environmental, social and governance guide for pension trustees, aimed at schemes that do not have size and resources to effectively manage its integration.

Trustees need to address sponsor covenant climate risk

Podcast: Lincoln Pensions managing director Michael Bushnell explains how scheme trustees can effectively address climate change risk in their sponsor covenant analysis.

Complexities hamper social impact bonds’ true potential

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Despite the launch of the UK’s sovereign green bond dominating the socially conscious fixed income discourse, there is still room for social impact bonds in schemes’ portfolios.

Calls for climate reporting harmony as FCA and DWP rules diverge

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The Financial Conduct Authority’s climate-related disclosure rules for asset managers, life insurers and its regulated pension providers should be brought into line with Department for Work and Pensions regulations to give greater clarity and consistency, the Pensions and Lifetime Savings Association has said.