Responsible investment: why asset managers like the PIC and some pension funds walk a tight rope

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Pension fund managers, have to balance ESG with member interests
Pension fund managers, have to balance ESG with member interests

With issues like climate change, inequality and ethical business becoming increasingly important, shareholder activists the world over are holding companies and their funders to account.

However, for pension funds, being responsible when investing is a delicate balancing act.

For Just Share's executive director, Tracey Davies, pension schemes and their managers have a big role to play in investing their clients' money responsibly, but beneficiaries can also do their bit by asking questions about where their money is going. If the experts who manage their money can't answer these questions, then beneficiaries should take their money elsewhere.

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