ESG Focus 2019 - Bakers Hall

2019 is the year that ESG has now become crucial for pension funds to consider, understand and implement in their investments.

From October 1, pension schemes will be required to include details of their ESG policies within their Statement of Investment Principles (SIPs). Guy Opperman also stressed his commitment to ESG and the important role pension funds must play requiring trustees to document how they assess risks from climate change and risks from the low carbon transition.

However, there is still a lot of doubt, confusion over the right route, and lack of understanding around ESG investing despite the ever increasing responsibility to select the right sustainable investments.

ESG, SRI, impact investing, do you clearly know the difference?

This focus will provide a fantastic opportunity for key decision makers of workplace pensions to come together and learn from the very best in the industry to better understand the nuances involved with sustainable investing.

This event is working towards the International Standard ISO 20121 and follows guidance set out by the Sustainable Event Alliance (SEA)

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Who should attend?

Professional Pensions welcomes delegates from the following job types:


Pension Scheme Managers

Pension Scheme Administrators

Pensions Communication Specialists

Chairs of Trustees

HR Directors/Managers


Financial Directors



Event Schedule

Registration, breakfast and networking
Welcome and opening remarks by Jonathan Stapleton, Editor-In-Chief, Professional Pensions
Morning Keynote: What does best practice look like?
Measuring climate risk: Evolving models and benchmarks

Quality data about companies’ Environmental, Social and Governance (ESG) practices is critical for effective investment analysis. Consistency and comparability in the availability of data across companies are essential elements of an effective data set. However, not all governments around the globe require companies to report on governance in the same way. Companies are left to determine for themselves which ESG factors to disclose to investors. Considering this, how can pension schemes make informed decisions? This session will consider:

  • Developments in climate risk models; measuring opportunity as well as risk
  • Integrating climate models into benchmarks and indexes
  • Cross asset class application: how can climate risk be considered in sovereign bonds
  • The transition pathway initiative and the role of investor stewardship

David Harris, Group Head, Sustainable Business, London Stock Exchange Group & Head of Sustainable Investment, FTSE Russell

The power of credit

While the focus for many have been on equities, bond allocations are equally important and fixed income and alternative asset classes should be viewed as of equal importance. Bondholders - like shareholders - have a financial stake in the companies on whose balance sheet their debt resides. This session will look at the growing recognition by many in the market that ESG issues present material credit risk.

Let’s get physical!

World population is estimated to reach 8 billion by 2030, investment in new buildings, transport, data networks and energy supplies will be paramount. Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) set by the United Nations include infrastructure development as one of the 17 SDGs, at least six of the others will not be met without significant investment in real assets. The role of the pension schemes, as some of the biggest investors in the UK, can exert significant influence in the way that these assets are built and operated.

  • Evaluating projects with potential conflicting factors
Closing remarks by Jonathan Stapleton

Please note: programme is subject to change

Venue - Bakers Hall

Delegate Registration



For registration queries contact:
Samuel Avis
Marketing Assistant
+44 (0)207 484 9778
For sponsorship queries contact:
Liam Barrett
Sales Director
+44 (0)207 484 9977
For programme queries contact:
Paige Reeves
Conference Manager
+44 (0)207 484 9810

For logistical queries contact:
Sadie Rafferty
Event Assistant
+44 (0)207 484 9833