UKSIF has welcomed NEST and the Pension Protection Fund as its latest pension fund affiliates. UKSIF introduced pension fund affiliate status earlier this year to support occupational pension funds that do not manage investments internally. The initiative forms part of UKSIF’s assistance to occupational pension funds seeking to adopt more sustainable and responsible investment strategies.

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UKSIF has welcomed the announcement by the National Employment Savings Trust (NEST) that it has become a signatory to the UN-backed Principles for Responsible Investment (PRI).

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UKSIF has called for employers to use the responsible investment approach offered by the National Employment Savings Trust (NEST) as a benchmark when selecting defined contribution pensions for their staff.

Penny Shepherd, UKSIF Chief Executive said: “NEST’s approach to long-term responsible investment and ownership offers a practical benchmark particularly for less engaged or knowledgeable employers. The Pensions Regulator should encourage all employers to include modern responsible investment approaches in their pension provision.”

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UKSIF, the sustainable investment and finance association, has welcomed the responsible investment focus within the Statement of Investment Principles published today by the National Employment Savings Trust (NEST).

Penny Shepherd MBE, UKSIF chief executive, said: “This is a significant milestone for responsible investment in the UK. We believe that NEST will act as a benchmark for responsible investment practices by UK pension funds. All modern pension funds should aim to follow NEST’s example and develop a robust and forward looking approach to what is now a mainstream issue.”

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UKSIF, the sustainable investment and finance association, has called for “simple financial products” to deliver responsible asset ownership and be transparent on environmental, social and governance issues.

UKSIF also recommended that the government should look to the responsible investment approach launched today by the National Employment Savings Trust (NEST) when setting its vision and objectives for simple financial products. The government should aim for simple financial products to be resilient and deliver good outcomes for both consumers and broader society, it said.

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