The Sustainable Business Initiative of Guernsey Chamber will be supporting Guernsey Finance’s Sustainable Finance Week exploring how investing via our pension fund can be a force for good and how to add sustainable investing to your occupational pension scheme. We will be joined over lunch at the Chamber offices in the Market by a panel of experts to explore how to help Make your Staff’s Money Matter by investing via their pension fund in sustainable companies.
Are pension schemes investing in sectors and companies that trustees and members want? Do we want the risk of companies that are associated with high carbon footprints and negative impacts on biodiversity in our pension portfolios? Would we prefer investing in companies that are developing innovative approaches to clean energy and actively supporting sustainable supply chains?
The truth is that very few of us know what our pensions are investing in, and campaigners such as Make My Money Matter and certain pension providers are aiming to increase our awareness of this and provide solutions for those pension schemes that want to change the traditional approach.
Jennifer Strachan, Co-lead of SBI will set the scene for the importance of the pension market for making an impact to corporate and personal sustainability goals. She will briefly set out what Sustainable or ESG (Environment, Social and Governance-focused) investing is.
BWCI will explore how ESG-focused investments can be incorporated via personal and occupational pension schemes. BWCI are working with several local companies to incorporate ESG options into their schemes and they will discuss some of the lessons learned and discuss pension trustee responsibilities.
Alice Joy, Commission Secretary, Guernsey Financial Services Commission will provide a case study in introducing an ESG option to their occupational pension scheme, sharing some of the lessons learned along the way.
The event is suitable for all of those with a pension plan, for employers who provide workplace pensions, for investment managers and for pension providers and brokers.
Lunch will be provided. Free for Chamber members, £10 for non-members. Please advise on any dietary requirements by emailing email@example.com on purchase of your ticket.