Impact Lens
PENSIONS FOR PURPOSE’S IMPACT LENS IS OUR THOUGHT LEADERSHIP AND ANALYSIS OF MARKET TRENDS.

Our discussions with pension funds, advisers and asset managers give us unique insights into the challenges, questions and solutions relating to sustainable and impact investment. From this, we undertake research that can support pension funds to understand the marketplace and make crucial governance and investment decisions.

Published Research
Navigating diversity, equity & inclusion – an asset owner perspective
A Pensions for Purpose Impact Lens report, sponsored by Jupiter Asset Management, considering how diversity, equity and inclusion (DE&I) are considered in fund analysis.
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Impact investing and private debt
A Pensions for Purpose Impact Lens market research project on private lending for social purpose.
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Impact investment performance – a UK asset owner & investment consultant perspective
Our latest Pensions for Purpose Impact Lens paper, co-sponsored by Aquila Capital, AXA Investment Managers, Baillie Gifford, Franklin Templeton, Resonance and Vontobel Asset Management, explores impact funds' allocation and financial performance.
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Impact investing in private equity – a UK pension fund perspective
This Pensions for Purpose Impact Lens report, sponsored by Columbia Threadneedle Investments, explores how the UK pension fund market is viewing impact in private equity.
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Natural capital and biodiversity – where are UK asset owners on their journey?
A Pensions for Purpose Impact Lens report, commissioned by Gresham House, looking at where UK asset owners, in particular pension funds, are on their journey of incorporating biodiversity and natural capital into their investment decision-making.
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One year on – TCFD reporting for pension funds
A Pensions for Purpose Impact Lens report, sponsored by Redington, looking at how pension funds are using TCFD reports to inform strategy.
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The future of investing for pension funds
A Pensions for Purpose Impact Lens report, sponsored by Big Society Capital, considering the role that social impact investment might have in a pension fund portfolio.
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Industry trends in climate indices
A Pensions for Purpose Impact Lens report analysing how managers use climate indices in sustainable and impact funds.
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Upcoming Research
Real world impact in emerging markets – an asset owner perspective
A Pensions for Purpose Impact Lens report, sponsored by Ninety One, looking at how UK pension funds treat emerging markets in their investment decision-making.
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Partner with us

If you are interested with collaborating with us on an impact-related piece of research then please get in contact. Some sponsorship opportunities already available include:

Seeking sponsorship - How do asset managers, asset owners and their advisers measure, report and engage on impact performance?
What does best practice look like? How can pension funds avoid greenwashing?
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Seeking sponsorship - Cost versus value decision-making processes
In partnership with Smart Pension Master Trust, we will be looking at pension schemes, with a focus on master trusts.
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