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Reuters Pension Fund incorporates ESG factors to improve returns

Dreamstime

The £2.8bn Reuters Pension Fund is integrating environmental, social and governance factors into its portfolio in order to improve risk-adjusted returns, while achieving a funding level above 100 per cent in 2020.

Aviva Investors increases engagement activity in 2020

News On the Go

On the go: Aviva Investors has increased its engagement with companies it invests in, with a 16 per cent hike in resolutions voted during 2020, its annual responsible investment review shows.

Nest looks to allocate 5% of assets to private equity

News On the Go

On the go: Government-backed master trust Nest is looking to work with private equity managers who are prepared to cut fees in return for a regular capital stream from the UK’s largest workplace pension scheme. 

Mercer and L&G to target net-zero, Aviva launches equity fund

ESG spotlight

ESG spotlight: A roundup of the latest news on environmental, social and governance initiatives, with Mercer and Legal & General reducing carbon emissions, and Aviva’s new equity fund launch.

Brunel Pension Partnership reduces costs by £34bn

News On the Go

On the go: The Brunel Pension Partnership has published its annual report highlighting the cost saving incurred and the increased opportunities for stewardship, diversification and climate analysis for its members.

Church of England publishes first stewardship report

News On the Go

On the go: The Church of England Pensions Board has published its first annual stewardship report, setting out its future priorities, which focus on climate change and extractive industries.

Government calls for greater emphasis on social factors

DWP

The government has called for a greater emphasis on the social element of pension schemes' environmental, social and governance strategies, as there is a concern trustees are ill-equipped to deal with these factors.

Smart Pension invests in private market illiquids

News On the Go

On the go: The £1.5bn Smart Pension master trust has introduced private market illiquids into its default fund after developing a solution in partnership with Natixis Investment Managers.

Govt proposes new rules for companies’ climate disclosures

News On the Go

On the go: The government is consulting on new rules to mandate climate-related financial disclosures by companies, which will aid pension schemes’ compliance on environmental, social and governance factors.

DWP consults on removing charge cap DC investment barrier

News On the Go

On the go: The Department for Work and Pensions on Friday opened a consultation into whether the charge cap acts as a barrier to defined contribution scheme investments in a range of alternatives, such as venture capital, illiquids and growth assets.