Thought leadership on pension fund impact investment

About Us

Pensions for Purpose is a collaborative initiative of impact managers, pension funds, social enterprises and others involved or interested in impact investment.

Our aim is to promote understanding of impact investment by effectively sharing news stories, blogs, case studies, academic research and thought leadership papers and acting as a first port of call for journalists seeking comment on impact investment-related issues.

Pensions for Purpose is run by Karen Shackleton and Stephanie Windsor. They are supported by an Oversight Committee of Influencer members who meet quarterly.

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Karen has worked in the finance sector for over 30 years. She is Deputy Chair of the Strategic Investment Board for the Ministry of Justice and a non-executive director and Chair of the Board of Resonance Ltd, a social impact investment company. In 2017 she was a member of a working party for a social investment advisory committee to the government. Karen also provides independent investment advice to the London Boroughs of Islington, Camden and Hounslow, and Warwickshire County Council pension funds through MJ Hudson Allenbridge.
 
She was the Chief Executive/Managing Director of AllenbridgeEpic Investment Advisers from 2010 to 2013. Prior to that, she had ten years’ experience as a fund manager and director for County NatWest and BZW Investment Management (now BlackRock).
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Stephanie has worked with institutional investment firms for over 20 years and currently provides executive support to a number of organisations in this space.

She was previously a founder member and Business Manager at SVG Investment Managers, and an Executive Assistant and Team Leader at UBS Global Asset Management.

She has also worked as an Office and Events Manager, and journalist.

Influencers

Our Influencer members are investment managers involved in impact investment (either for part or all of their business), trade bodies, consultants and others involved in impact investment who wish to post content on our website.

Influencer members can share (via links to their own website or PDF) thought leadership, case studies, blogs or event details that discuss issues surrounding impact investment.  Influencers choose whether to post content accessible by anyone or limited to Affiliate members only. There is a small, annual fee for Influencer members.

Affiliates

Our Affiliate members include asset owners, government bodies, independent advisers and journalists.

While much of the information on our website is publicly available, an advantage of becoming an Affiliate member is that you can access exclusive, Affiliate-only material.

There are search features that allow you to find content on specific topics, and you can receive alerts of our press releases plus a regular e-mail updating you of new content on the website. Membership is free of charge to Affiliates.   

Latest
Blog
Tackling water risk in the US, where change is badly needed - Eaton Vance's…

Emma Doner, ESG Research Analyst at Calvert Research and Management and Yijia Chen, ESQ Quantitative Research Analyst, Calvert Research and Management consider this crucial issue.


Press
Allia announces acquisition of City & Continental - press release

A new chapter for Allia Impact Finance


Events and People
15th May 2019 - PIPA 2019

Karen Shackleton, Head of Pensions for Purpose, is one of the judges at this year's Pensions and Investment Provider Awards.


Events and People
13-14 March 2019 - Bonds, Loans & Sukuk Africa - Qbera Capital

Qbera Capital are silver sponsors of this pan-African debt event and will be speaking on the potential benefits of ESG and impact financing.


case studies
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Learn more about real-life examples of impact investments adopted by asset owners.

events and people
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Search our ongoing list of impact investment related events being hosted or attended by our members.

thought leadership
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Read up on white papers and academic papers on impact investment.

press
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Check out our recent press releases and media coverage.

blog
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Read our members’ ongoing thoughts about all things impact investment.