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The investment and pension provider and the fintech firm say that 62% of pension members want to vote on how companies that their pension is invested in are run, and the proportion is even higher among the under-25s.
Under the new function, Cushon savers’ vote preferences will be collated by Tumelo and fed to the fund manager, who will then put the official vote forward on investors’ behalf at companies' annual general meetings. The overall voting results are also shared with users once the vote is closed.
“A growing number of investors are starting to demand a more active role in their investments. They want good returns but not at the expense of the environment," said Ben Pollard, CEO of Cushon.
Cushon's plans were first revealed last month by Cushon trustee Andrew Warwick-Thompson, who said: “It's their money, so they ought to have some sort of say.”
Warwick-Thompson, who also chairs the Scottish Widows Master Trust, then disclosed that "Scottish Widows will roll out something very similar”.