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PLSA calls on companies to improve ESG disclosures

News on the go

On the go: The Pensions and Lifetime Savings Association is calling on companies to improve their disclosures on climate change, executive remuneration and diversity, as it updates its Stewardship and Voting Guidelines.

£300bn of assets linked to deforestation, BBC sets net zero goal

ESG spotlight

ESG spotlight: A roundup of the latest news on environmental, social and governance initiatives, with research showing more than £300bn of pension assets are linked to deforestation, the BBC Pension Scheme committing to net zero, and Brunel Pension Partnership hiring two new ESG managers.

TPR publishes example to help trustees with new ESG duties

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On the go: The Pensions Regulator has published an illustrative example to help trustees and advisers comply with their environmental, social and governance duties, as it revealed it will start contacting schemes that are now in the scope of the new regulations.

Pension transfer ‘red flags’ rise to 50% in January

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On the go: Pension transfer ‘red flags’ increased to 50 per cent in January despite a dip in transfer activity, according to data from XPS Pensions Group.

DB schemes’ surplus rises by £17bn in January

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On the go: The aggregate surplus of the 5,215 defined benefit schemes in the Pension Protection Fund 7800 Index increased by £17.1bn in January.

Schemes don’t need all the answers to start their net zero journey

Thomas Höhne-Sparborth

Video: Pension schemes can embark on a net zero journey without having solutions to realign the entirety of their portfolio as of today, argues Thomas Höhne-Sparborth, head of sustainability research at Lombard Odier Investment Managers.

Schemes need to constantly engage with managers to achieve net zero

Podcasts

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.

TPR urges schemes to report suspected scams

News on the go

On the go: The Pensions Regulator is urging more schemes to share data on suspected scams, after almost 400 schemes have joined its campaign to protect savers.

DB schemes’ surplus rises by £48bn in December

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On the go: The aggregate surplus of the 5,215 defined benefit schemes in the Pension Protection Fund 7800 Index increased by £47.9bn in December.

Nest closes Pre-retirement Fund after wide review

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Government-backed master trust Nest has decided to close its Pre-retirement Fund following a review, since the fund was no longer appropriate due to the flexibility introduced by pension freedoms and the confusion its name caused among members.