ESG & Impact Investing for Pension Funds

May 14, 2020

London – Le Meridien Piccadilly, London


This conference aims to explore a range of investment strategies that pension funds can use to integrate ESG & impact strategies into their everyday investment management processes designed to provide a positive societal or environmental impact or designed to reduce carbon risk without reducing returns. We also aim to examine practical issues such as governance, regulatory, political and geopolitical pressures, transparency,fees, manager selection, implementation, benchmarks, reporting as well as ways of measuring the success and performance of managers and of the impact and sustainability of strategies.


ESG & Impact Investing for Pension Funds


Registration and coffee


Welcome and opening remarks

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Managing Director

Specialist Pension Services


Session 1: 

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Sundial 2000


Head of Sustainable Investing

Newton Investment Management

Defining ESG and Integrating within the Investment Process

This presentation will discuss how to define sustainable investing, including sustainable themes and considerations. It will also focus on how Trustees can think about integrating ESG considerations and sustainability into an investment process.


Head of Quantitative Equity Research

Kames Capital

Tipping Points for Sustainable Investing

Bullets to be confirmed


Senior Product Specialist

Pictet Asset Management

Thanks to the emergence of a thriving environmental products industry investing to safeguard the planet no longer means sacrificing returns

  • Sustainable investments: not only good for protecting the world for tomorrow's generations; it can also be a route to superior portfolio returns

  • Role of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) in investments and how do you measure your exposure to the SDGs?

  • Planetary Boundaries Concept:  A ground-breaking scientific model developed by the Stockholm Resilience Centre which identifies nine of the most critical environmental challenges including carbon emissions, fresh water, land use and biodiversity.

  • Investment example SmartCity: Investments in companies that provide solutions to urbanisation challenges and improve the quality of life of city dwellers




Session 2: Climate Change






Managing Director

Cambridge Associates

Climate Risk & Asset Allocation

New paper from Cambridge Associates on Climate Risk & Asset Allocation


Head of ESG Projects

CPR Asset Management

Climate Action

Active investing to become Carbon Netural in 2050.


Drinks and lunch


Session 3: ESG in Private Markets and Credit



Professional Trustee

Capital Cranfield Pension Trustees Limited 


Managing Director

Hamilton Lane

The Current State of Impact Investing in Private Markets - the good, the bad and the ugly

There has been a significant increase in both demand for, and supply of, impact investing opportunities in the private markets. Mainstream managers have moved into the space, while specialist managers have expanded their scope and sophistication. With such a proliferation of options, how are LPs to navigate?  We'll explore both the opportunities and challenges this interest and activity brings to the market and investors. 


Head of Non-Financial Standard Investments

Aberdeen Standard Investments

Embedding ESG into Credit Research and its implications for Portfolios and Investors

Environmental, Social and Governance (ESG) is very much at the top of many investor and regulators agendas. But what does this increased focus on ESG risks actually mean in the context of Credit investing? How are Credit fund managers adapting their investment processes to incorporate ESG considerations, and how can they assist pension schemes and trustees to discharge their growing responsibilities in this area? In this session we will focus on how to consider ESG, how it influences the research process and how it can have an impact on both active and buy & maintain credit portfolios.




Session 4: Practical Session & Pension Fund Insights





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ESG: Practical Options

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Pension Fund Panel

A panel of pension scheme executives will talk about where ESG fits in their investment process. 


Panellists to include:


Policy Governance and Risk Manager

Environment Agency



Royal Bank of Scotland Group Pension Fund Trustee Ltd


Drinks reception and close of 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.


Le Meridien Piccadilly Hotel, London

21 Piccadilly

London W1 0BH

Hotel Tel: 08700 400 8400

Hotel Fax: 020 7437 3574


The hotel is located on the north side of Piccadilly, close to Piccadilly Circus, only two minutes walk from Piccadilly Circus underground station.

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Given the continuing situation with Coronavirus/Covid-19, we have taken the decision to run some of our conferences virtually. Our updated conference calendar gives the dates of those events and the events we are currently planning to hold physically.

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