SPS Virtual:
LGPS Investors - ESG, Sustainable & Responsible Investing

November 12, 2020


This virtual conference aims to explore a range of both traditional and innovative investment strategies designed to provide a positive societal or environmental impact or to reduce carbon risk. This will include consideration of how ESG, responsible and sustainable requirements can be integrated into the everyday investment management processes of local authority pension funds and their investment pools. We also aim to consider practical issues such as transparency, fees, benchmarks, reporting and how to measure the success and performance of managers and the impact and sustainability of the strategies, as well as investment considerations specific to LGPS investors.


This will be a virtual conference with approximate timings of:


Registration with optional "meet and greet"


Session One: 



Bridget Uku

Group Manager Treasury & Pensions

London Borough of Ealing

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A Decade of Positive Transformation: Through Crises to a Sustainable Future

2020 has reminded us of the vulnerability of humanity and our planet. It has also given added urgency to the need to address discrimination and inequality. We believe the next decade will see an acceleration in the long-term themes that will transform the world into having a sustainable economy, environment and society. Many of these themes will be achieved with the help of ingenious, efficient businesses whose profits will grow in line with demand for their solutions. In his presentation, Peter Michaelis will discuss these issues, themes and investment opportunities for the next 10 years.

Head of the Sustainable Investment Team

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Senior Responsible Investment Analyst

Royal London Asset Management

The Just Transition - Decarbonisation, Energy Transition & Engagement

The social dimension of the transition to a low carbon future is at times overlooked. RLAM and its parent Royal London Group have a long history as a mutual. Through mutuality principles and under its financial and social inclusion thematic engagement with companies, RLAM has structured an engagement programme around the energy transition focused on the decarbonisation of the energy system as well as the just transition of workforces, communities and consumers.


Portfolio Specialist, Global Emerging Markets

T. Rowe Price

China's ESG Evolution

Despite being responsible for almost 30% of the world‘s greenhouse emissions, there has been a growing appreciation of ESG investing in China. President Xi recently announced during a UN general assembly that China would aim to become “carbon neutral” before 2060.  With awareness of ESG issues increasing considerably across the country, Irmak Surenkok will weigh in on some of the ESG advances we’ve witnessed in China and discuss wider considerations for investors.


Break and continuing discussion in the networking rooms


Session Two: 

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Peter Wallach

Director of Pensions

Merseyside Pension Fund

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Investment Director

Wellington Management

Sustainable Credit Investing. Nice or Necessary?

There is a growing desire for LGPS asset owners to integrate sustainability and climate change considerations into investment portfolios, with pressures from various stakeholders. Paul Skinner outlines his views on how best to integrate these considerations within multi asset credit portfolios, and highlights the benefits and pitfalls of different types of integration within this universe.


 Portfolio Manager

Ninety One

Investing positively to tackle climate change

This presentation will explore how pension schemes are able to reduce their carbon footprint and benefit from the transition to a de-carbonised economy.



Tobacco Free Portfolios, UK & Europe

Tobacco Free Portfolios

Dr Melsom has led Tobacco Free Portfolios work in Europe since 2016, and will discuss the rationale for adopting tobacco-free finance across pension funds, credit and insurance - including the increasing financial and fiduciary risks associated with remaining invested in tobacco; the negative impact of tobacco on achieving the UN Sustainable Development Goals; integration and measurement of the ‘S’ in ESG,  and the increasing adoption of the Tobacco Free Finance Pledge launched in 2018


End of virtual presentations and continuing discussion in the networking rooms


Close of virtual conference


The conference is by invitation only for pension funds and other institutional investors. If you are not already receiving an invitation please contact us. A limited number of Complimentary invitations are usually available to genuine pension fund representatives (executives and trustees) and other approved institutional investors. However, to ensure we have room for as many funds as possible, we have to limit free places to 2 attendees per approved organisation thereafter a reduced rate fee is payable per delegate. Furthermore, SPS always reserves the right of admission (free or paid) and our decision is final.

SPS Virtual

SPS Virtual will be hosted on a dedicated webpage so you won’t need to download any specific software.

Full login and password details will be sent to you after you register.

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