An unexpected consequence of the COVID-19 pandemic has been a reduction in pollution and companies focusing away from pure profit to social responsibility. “Greener” investment funds, with their focus on sustainability, have generally outperformed their peers since the start of this year. At the same time, new legislation affecting UK pension schemes and general regulatory and societal pressure, means that pension scheme trustees have to ensure that Environmental, Social and Governance (
) considerations are an integral part of investment decision-making. Some schemes are quite some way along in their
integration. Other schemes' progress on
is in its infancy.
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