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Responsible Investment

The Fund has a longstanding commitment to responsible investment (RI) and this is underpinned by our Responsible Investment Framework. Its purpose is to detail the approach the Fund aims to follow in integrating environmental, social and governance (ESG) issues in its investments. It is considered supplementary to the Fund's Statement of Investment Principles and thus in alignment with its fiduciary duty.

Annual Stewardship Report 2021

The events of 2020 have highlighted the need to address ESG issues as a matter of urgency. 

We are proud of the outcomes and effective actions we have been able to bring to our first pdf icon WMPF Annual Stewardship Report 2021 [24Mb].

Our approach to integrated stewardship will continue to evolve as we continue to engage in collaboration with key partners to drive our common ambition to build sustainable futures for all.

Responsible Investment Strategy

Through our Responsible Investment Framework we support active stewardship and engagement and seek positive change to protect and enhance the Fund's assets, ensuring they deliver the investment returns to support the payment of members' pension benefits.

pdf icon Responsible Investment Framework 2021 [522kb]

In line with our Responsible Investment Framework we adopt a three-pillar approach to implementation, across selection, stewardship, and reporting and disclosure. Supporting activities reflect investment beliefs set out in our Investment Strategy Statement, including the beliefs that:

  • Investing responsibly is key to ensuring that the long-term value of WMPF assets are protected and where possible, enhanced
  • Engaging as a longterm asset owner reduces risk over time and has been proven to positively impact investment return
  • There is overwhelming evidence that climate change poses both risks and opportunities for investments.

pdf icon Investment Strategy Statement 2021 [1Mb]

 

If you wish to contact the Fund regarding its responsible investment approach, please email responsibleinvestment@wolverhampton.gov.uk.

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