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Sustainable finance: Corporate governance and the pensions industry

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Speaker(s):
Dr Ioannis Ioannou, London Business School
Stuart O'Brien, Partner, Sackers
Alan Pickering CBE, President, BESTrustees
Norma Cohen

This is the third in a series of panel discussions we are organising with the CSFI around the way that ESG issues are shaping the financial services sector.
The first looked at carbon trading; the second looked at the asset management industry. This one takes a 'deep dive' into the world of pensions, both DC and DB.

It is particularly timely, in that, as of the beginning of this month, implementation of the revised EU Shareholder Rights Directive means that every trustee of a pension fund with over 100 members will be liable for the disclosure of all climate-related links as part of a broader commitment to disclose all relevant links. On top of that, as of January 1, the FRC's new Stewardship Code will come into force, doubling down on the duty of care that fund trustees will be obliged to follow.

Just how onerous these new requirements will turn out to be is on issue. Equally important is the broader issue of where the pensions industry is heading as far as ESG issues are concerned. To what extent will funds be forced to take account of climate-related issues, even at the expense of short or medium-term returns? To discuss these issues, we're happy to welcome on the panel:

  • Alan Pickering, President of BESTrustees, chair of the Plumbing Industry Pension Scheme and a trustee of the People's Pension. He also chairs the governance group of the Royal Mail Statutory Pension Scheme. He is a past chairman of the NAPF (now known as the PLSA).
  • Stuart O'Brien, partner at pensions law firm Sackers, specialising in responsible investment issues for pension trustees. He has assisted the PLSA in producing guidance for pension schemes on ESG and chairs the recently created Pensions Climate Risk Industry Group, established by the Pensions Regulator, DWP and BEIS to provide guidance for pension trustees on how to integrate, manage and report on climate risks aligned with the TCFD.
  • Dr. Ioannis Ioannou, a professor at London Business School, whose research and engagement focus on sustainability and corporate responsibility. He holds a BA from Yale University, and a PhD from Harvard University. He has given numerous keynote speeches globally at high-profile events and industry conferences, and has presented his research at multiple academic conferences and universities around the world.
  • Norma Cohen, who spent twenty-five years at the FT, specialising in investments, pensions and demography, before beginning her PhD in economic history at Queen Mary University London.

Speaker(s):
Dr Ioannis Ioannou, London Business School
Stuart O'Brien, Partner, Sackers
Alan Pickering CBE, President, BESTrustees
Norma Cohen

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Event title: Sustainable finance: Corporate governance and the pensions industry
Start date: Tuesday 10 December 2019
Location: London
Pricing: This event is free to attend.
Speaker(s): Dr Ioannis Ioannou, London Business School
Stuart O'Brien, Partner, Sackers
Alan Pickering CBE, President, BESTrustees
Norma Cohen
Event website: http://www.libf.ac.uk/
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