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The Pensions Policy Institute – Engaging with ESG: Climate change

The Pensions Policy Institute (PPI) is today publishing Engaging with ESG: Climate change. This report, which is the second output in the Engaging with ESG series,explores the attitudes and approaches currently being implemented in relation to climate change, with the aim of highlighting areas where further support, guidance or intervention could be beneficial in order to improve engagement and implementation of appropriate risk management.

Joined-up goals, strategies and data sources across government and industry will improve scheme engagement with climate change. There are five key areas that may need further work:

  • Integrated goals: Establishing a consensus on goals and the practical steps needed to achieve them across all stakeholders.
  • Engagement and stewardship: A greater focus on engagement and stewardship activities to ensure that companies across the board are making progress towards climate change goals.
  • Encouraging innovation from third-parties: Pressure from government, regulators, industry bodies and schemes themselves on those involved in schemes’ approach to climate change to provide products and strategies that meet needs in integrating climate change risks, as well as improving the data provided to schemes.
  • Increasing knowledge and understanding: Improving scheme decision-makers’ knowledge and understanding of climate change across the industry, especially around the more practical aspects such as the implications of different investment approaches.
  • Standardised data: Establishing a centralised data source which can provide a starting point for schemes that are unsure where to start or are overwhelmed by the quantity of data available.

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