Welcome and opening remarks by Jonathan Stapleton, Editor, Professional Pensions
Morning Keynote


Despite the prevalence of ESG investment options, many schemes continue to struggle with a knowledge gap. However, incorporating ESG in the investment process alone is not enough to address the needs of schemes. As ESG in DC can be used as an engagement tool the corporate social responsibility profile of the provider, this issue receives much less attention than ESG integration, but more important to younger member. This session will look at how integrated and sophisticated the approach to ESG is in the DC market and what could you be doing to engage your members.

Live Q&A 09:45 – 09:55

Are pension reforms driving better ESG?

October 2019 saw the first set of deadlines for pension trustees to document their approaches to ESG in their statements of investment principles. By October 1 2020, trustees will need to include further detail in their SIPs on their stewardship policy and arrangements with asset managers. In this session we will consider how schemes are responding to these new regulatory changes, and what Trustees should consider if they’re yet to implement changes to their investment strategy.

Live Q&A 10:10 – 10:20

Refreshment and networking break

Grab a cuppa, stroke the dog and head to our exhibition hall

All that glitters is gold

As the economic consequences of Covid-19 started to bite, with Q1 2020 quarterly performance the worst on record, there is a strong argument that, aligned with recent regulatory changes, pensions funds could ‘build back better' by further integrating ESG factors into all investment decisions. Gold as an investment asset has been largely overlooked by UK pension professionals and advisers. In this session we will look at how gold can be used as a diversifier and ‘market insurance' and its ESG credentials.

Live Q&A 10:50 – 11:00

ESG in bonds

Much of the growing interest in responsible investing has focused on equities, but investors have more recently begun to appreciate how such an approach can also be applied to fixed income. ESG investing is spreading to all pockets of the fixed income markets. This includes sectors such as emerging market debt, which were until recently lagging in ESG data, tools and insights. This session will show how ESG indexes can be used to make a global multi-asset portfolio sustainable.

Live Q&A 11:15 - 11:25

Discovering the detail

To assess ESG factors Trustees need the right data, and questions still remain about how accurate fund managers are when reporting, with a lack of a consistent framework to measure impact. Modelling and monitoring of the risks posed by climate change needs to be detailed, reflecting risks at individual company and sector level rather than through big picture asset class allocations. This session will provide practical examples of how a company’s environmental, social and governance impacts are measured and how that’s incorporated into the investment process.

Live Q&A 11:40 - 11:50

Closing remarks by Jonathan Stapleton

Please note: programme is subject to change