The Aon MasterTrust becomes the latest Adopter of the Impact Investing Principles for Pensions – press release

Demonstrating their endorsement of the principles and commitment to impact investing.

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The Aon MasterTrust has become the latest Adopter of the Impact Investing Principles for Pensions, which provide support to pension funds in adopting impact investing. 

Joanna Sharples, Chief Investment Officer of The Aon MasterTrust says:

"For us, Impact Investing is about combining the delivery of strong financial returns for our members whilst making a positive impact on the world around us. This is incredibly important as most of our members will be invested in The Aon MasterTrust for decades and thus focusing on investments that positively impact the world in years to come makes sense both financially and socially.

The Impact Investing Principles are a really useful framework. Particularly helpful is the way that the principles are straightforward, high-level and easily understood. It is much better to have something that is useable and widely adopted, than something that is daunting and rarely used. The Impact Investing Principles helped us with the thought process, rather than requiring lots of compliance level ‘box-ticking’." 

The Aon MasterTrust is the eighth pension scheme Adopter demonstrating their commitment of the principles, other Adopters being Clwyd Pension Fund, Collegia, The Environment Agency Pension Fund, London CIV, Smart Pension Master Trust, South Yorkshire Pensions Authority and Surrey Pension Fund.

What are the Impact Investing Principles?

The Principles provide an accessible introduction to impact investing and the concrete steps pension schemes can take to pursue an impact investing strategy, as well as helpful further resources. They were designed, in consultation with leading practitioners and with input from key stakeholders (pension funds, investment consultants and managers as well as member associations), to address the growing need for best practice guidelines on how to set, implement, review and measure an impact strategy. The Principles represent a dynamic template given that impact investing is an evolving area, and they will be updated based on what is learnt and developed from the Impact Investing Adopters Forum as well as other initiatives and partnerships.

Detailed information on the Principles and the work of the Impact Investing Institute can be found here.

Further information

If you would like to become an Adopter or Supporter of the Impact Investing Principles for Pensions, please contact Charlotte O'Leary

Learn more here