Podcast: Pensions and ESG: Ep 1 – The evolving landscape

One year on from the introduction of new ESG requirements for UK pension schemes, we interview Ashley Hamilton-Claxton, Head of Responsible Investment at Royal London Asset Management, in our latest pensions podcast to find out what impact this is having on the way pension schemes and asset managers assess and manage ESG risks. We also … Read more

HSF Pensions Round Up – September 2020

Here is a round-up of the pensions blogs and briefings that we have posted during the past month. Some of these have been broadcast but several have not, to avoid sending you too many emails. Read more

Pensions Planner – September 2020

The latest edition of our quarterly Pensions Planner is here. Click on the image below to download your copy. The Planner and our handy timeline will help you keep up to date with the latest developments in pensions law and practice and identify the key pensions issues that your scheme or organisation needs to address in the … Read more

DWP turns up the heat on climate risk requirements for UK pension schemes

The DWP has launched a new consultation, in which it is seeking views on proposals to require trustees of large occupational pension schemes, authorised master trusts and schemes offering collective money purchase benefits to have an effective system of governance, monitoring and risk management relating to climate related risks and opportunities in place from 1 … Read more

Are you ready to produce your scheme’s first investment implementation statement on voting, engagement & ESG?

From 1 October 2020, trustees of both defined benefit (DB) and defined contribution (DC) schemes, with more than 100 members, will be required to include a new implementation statement relating to their scheme’s investments in their annual report and accounts (and make it publically available). The statement needs to describe the trustees’ voting and engagement … Read more

New industry guidance on climate risks signals direction of travel for pension schemes

The Pensions Climate Risk Industry Group (PCRIG) has launched a consultation on draft guidance aimed at pension scheme trustees to help them assess, manage and report on climate risks using the recommendations from the Task Force on Climate-related Financial Disclosures (TCFD). Although the guidance is non-statutory it has been developed in collaboration with the DWP … Read more

DWP raises the stakes on climate change

The DWP has tabled amendments to the Pension Schemes Bill, which is currently going through Parliament, which would enable it to add to the governance and disclosure requirements for occupational pension schemes in relation to climate change risk. The proposed amendments would give the Secretary of State very broad regulation making powers to, amongst other … Read more

Video: Pensions and ESG – how are pension funds and asset managers responding?

Environmental, social and governance (ESG) issues are becoming increasingly high profile and they are moving up the agenda for trustee boards, pension providers and asset managers as they respond to new legal and regulatory requirements, to pressure from savers and action groups and to changing social norms. Today sees new legal requirements come into force … Read more