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Weekly Roundup: Rules of engagement

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This week – PASA launches GMP conversion guidance, DWP issues ‘stronger nudge’ to guidance, study finds greener pensions are ‘most effective’ way to fight climate change, and PLSA argues dashboards staging timeline is too ‘ambitious’.

DB schemes’ ESG policies misaligned with trustees’ intentions

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On the go: Only 40 per cent of defined benefit pension scheme trustees believe that their scheme’s environmental, social and governance policy reflects their preferred approach in this area, new research has revealed.

Fourteen pension schemes commit to net-zero targets

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On the go: Fourteen pension schemes, which collectively manage nearly £270bn of assets, have committed to set net-zero targets to align their investment portfolios with a 1.5C pathway.

Greener pensions are ‘most effective’ way to fight climate change

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On the go: Making a pension “green” is more effective than going vegan, stopping flying, and switching to a renewable energy provider combined, according to new research.

Are schemes ready for climate-related financial disclosures?

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With the deadline for the largest schemes to comply with climate-related financial disclosure requirements looming, how ready is the industry?

Tapping DC for Long-Term Assets Fund requires ‘rigorous’ scrutiny

Podcast: PensionBee chief executive Romi Savova and Jonathan Parker, head of DC and financial wellbeing at Redington, discuss the government’s proposed Long-Term Assets Fund, rumours of a tax raid, and the Pensions and Lifetime Savings Association’s new Responsible Investment Quality Mark.

Covid-19 spurs wave of interest in sustainable investing

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Almost two-thirds of European asset and investment managers believe that the pandemic has made sustainable investing more important, according to Schroders’ Institutional Investor Study 2021.

Govt plans green bonds issue, but should schemes take the plunge?

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The UK government has an ambitious climate and environmental agenda and is set to issue its first green gilt in September 2021, with at least one more issue before the end of the year.

Brunel pool to launch Paris-aligned passive fund

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On the go: The Brunel Pension Partnership has licensed a Paris-aligned index, which it will adopt for a passively managed fund that it will launch in September 2021.

Cost and information overload are barriers to integrating ESG

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On the go: Information overload and high costs are barriers to integrating sustainability in investments, a Pensions and Lifetime Savings Association poll has found.