3 April 2023 – 15:00-16:00 BST – Global Impact Forum online asset owner event with Goldman Sachs Asset Management and Tesco Pension Fund

From ESG to impact: the Tesco Pension Fund journey

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This fireside chat will look at how the Tesco pension fund has progressed their thinking and implementation on ESG and impact in light of the continually evolving sustainable investment landscape.

This will be chaired and moderated by Charlotte O’Leary, with questions from the Global Impact Forum’s sponsor Christy Jesudasan of Goldman Sachs Asset Management to Ruston Smith of the Tesco Pension Fund.  

Asset owners will have the opportunity to ask questions and participate in a peer-to-peer discussion following the fireside chat. 

This will then be followed by a roundup of the session and final thoughts from Ruston, Christy and Charlotte.

Who is this event for?

This event is only open to asset owners such as pension fund trustees, in-house executives and independent advisers, professional trustees, government representatives and consultants.

Speakers’ biographies

Ruston Smith, Chair, Tesco Pension Fund

Ruston Smith
Ruston has over 35 years experience in the pension fund and investment  industry. He is now the Chair of the Tesco Pension Fund (DB and DC) and Tesco Pension Investment Ltd, Non Executive Chair of JP Morgan Asset Management (UK and EMEA), Non Executive Chair of Smart Pension Ltd, Non Executive Chair of Zedra Governance Ltd, Non Executive Chair of the Pensions Management Institute, Independent Trustee and Chair of the Funding and Investment Committee for the BAE Pension Fund, Chair of the AMX Advisory Board, Governor of the PPI and Chair of GroceryAid.

He was on the Bank of England, Treasury and FCA’s Steering Group on Investment in Productive Finance and is also involved with other industry initiatives.

He was Co Chair of the DWP’s 2017 Auto Enrolment Review Board, led the Simpler Annual Statement initiative launched in 2018, chaired the cross regulator and industry ‘Standardised Assumptions Group’, led the recently published Member Costs and Charges Initiative, and was on the Treasury’s Patient Capital DC Steering Group. He is also a former Chair of the Pensions and Lifetime Savings Association.

Christy Jesudasan, Head of UK Fiduciary Management Sales, Goldman Sachs Asset Management

Christy JesudasanChristy joined Goldman Sachs in 2021 to lead the sales and distribution of its UK fiduciary management business. Prior to joining Goldman Sachs Asset Management, Christy grew fiduciary management businesses at BMO, Kempen and Mercer.

As an institutional specialist with 25 years of client-facing and sales experience within the pension and investment industry, he brings a wealth of experience in engaging with pension scheme trustees, corporate sponsors and third-party evaluators.

Christy earned a BSc in Mathematics and Management from King’s College London in 1997.


Charlotte O'Leary, Lead, Global Impact Forum, Pensions for Purpose

Charlotte O'LearyAs CEO and an executive director of Pensions for Purpose, Charlotte oversees the running of the business, develops the growth and innovation strategy and looks for opportunities to build partnerships to achieve Pensions for Purpose's mission.

Charlotte is also a member of the Impact Investing Institute's Pensions Expert Panel, an ambassador for the Transparency Taskforce and a founder of 10 Billion World, an end-to-end sustainability project management business aimed at businesses and organisations setting net-zero and carbon reduction targets.

With over 15 years of experience in asset management, Charlotte started in fund analysis and progressed through to institutional business development. Charlotte has worked for some well-known institutions, including Jupiter, Pictet and Cambridge Associates.

Through her roles, Charlotte has built a knowledge and passion for sustainable investing. She has demonstrated this in co-authoring a paper with the Society for Pension Professionals on social impact investing and speaking on topics such as fee and service transparency at PLSA and Transparency Taskforce events. Charlotte played a critical role in developing the Impact Investing Institute's Impact Investing Principles for Pensions and led the launch of Pensions for Purpose's Global Impact Forum (formally the Impact Investing Adopters Forum).

Global Impact Forum

The Global Impact Forum is an industry-wide member forum hosted by Pensions for Purpose to facilitate meaningful industry discussions on how to embed social and environmental impacts at a strategic level, including in governance discussions, to encourage the flow of capital towards investments that have a positive impact.

Pensions for Purpose

Pensions for Purpose exists as a bridge between asset managers, pension funds and their professional advisers, to encourage the flow of capital towards impact investment. Our aim is to empower pension funds to seek positive impact opportunities and mitigate negative impact risks. For membership information, please email our Membership Manager.

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