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mallowstreet University Digital Investment Focus: Sustainability

Sustainable Investment and ESG considerations remain at the top of agenda for pension funds. Many have commented that ESG focused investment strategies have actually helped protect their funding positions in these volatile markets. 

The Investment Focus is designed to equip the trustees of defined benefit pension schemes to make world-class, informed decisions about the pension funds they sit on in a time of extreme uncertainty, stress and volatility. We will hear from two market experts who will share their experience from the past few months, answer questions live, and provide you with key insights to take away and apply to your pension fund. 

This morning session is accredited for CPD points by the Pensions Management Institute (PMI) and is exclusively for pension fund decision makers and their advisors. 

Program

Time Description
08:45

Login & Access Meeting

The Investment Focus will take place online via a ‘Zoom’ meeting (a widely used webcast meeting provider). We will provide further information, including an access link and password, to all attendees in advance of the event.
09:00

Welcome & Introductions

09:10

Rotating Investment Masterclass I: Winning the Covid peace: Why corporate purpose must be more than empty words Andrew Parry, Head of Sustainable Investing, Newton Investment Management

Virtue is easy in the midst of a crisis and while there were notable exceptions, we saw most companies behave well as coronavirus erupted into our lives, creating a very human crisis. Andrew Parry discusses whether, as the economy rehabilitates, that initial sense of corporate solidarity with customers, staff, suppliers and communities will endure, or will we see the maximisation of profit come to denominate board room agendas once more? With $10 trillion of fiscal and monetary stimulus propelling stock markets higher, we are already seeing a disconnect between the experience of the real economy and that of markets. As redundancies mount and some companies use the cloak of the pandemic to restructure workforces, shareholders need be vigilant that the opportunity to hold companies to account for their actions is not lost. Promotion of ‘corporate purpose’ and a recognition of the benefits of the multi-stakeholder model were on the rise last year. Andrew asks whether shareholders can use their influence to ensure that real change is on the agenda rather than mere ‘purpose washing’.
09:50

Questions & Break

10:00

Rotating Investment Masterclass II

Delegates split into two groups attending each Investment Masterclass once over the course of the morning.
10:40

Questions & Close of Investment Focus

11:00

End

Speakers

  • Andrew Parry

    Andrew oversees the sustainable investment business at Newton, as well as communicating the firm’s approach to purposeful ownership to its global client base. He joined Newton in 2019, prior to which he was head of sustainable investing at Hermes Investment Management where he gained a deep knowledge of responsible investment, sustainability and impact investing. Andrew has over 30-years of investment experience operating at a senior level previously working at Northern Trust, Julius Baer Investment Management, Lazard Brothers Asset Management and Baring Asset Management. Andrew is a volunteer member of the Diversity & Inclusion Committee of the CFA UK and a trustee and member of the investment committee of the Trafalgar House Pension Trust. He also acts as mentor and advisor on a range of sustainability activities.

    Andrew has an MA in Mathematics from the University of St Andrews. Outside of work, Andrew enjoys walking his dogs.

  • Oliver Fairfull

    Oliver is a member of the UK institutional business development team, where his responsibilities are focused on managing consultant relationships. He joined Newton in February 2011 after spending 6 years working at BNY Mellon Investment Management, responsible for supporting wholesale and third party business relationships.

    Oliver began his career in broker support at BNY Mellon Asset Servicing and holds a MEng (Hons) in Mechanical Engineering.