UK-based pension funds increasingly consider impact investing

A new report has revealed that pension schemes here in the UK appear to be increasingly considering impact investing, specifically affordable housing and infrastructure.

According to a recent survey, which researched UK pension funds that held total assets of approximately £150 billion, over 50 per cent of schemes in Britain hold some type of impact investment that focuses on positive environmental or social outcomes, along with financial returns.

The research also showed that 90 per cent of survey respondents are seeking to make impact investments in Britain. Out of the schemes that are already involved in making impact investments, these make up close to five per cent of the total assets they retain under management.

Among the most sought-after social impact investments were affordable and social housing, and social infrastructure like schools and hospitals. The survey found that 78 per cent of funds invested in infrastructure, with around 44 per cent in shelling out for housing.

However, in line with the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals, respondents overwhelmingly cited investments focused on climate change, with 100 per cent of funds surveyed currently committed to this course.

Experts in wealth management in Chester, Manchester and other major cities help their clients to create responsible portfolios aligned with their ethics. Wealth managers can locate environmental, social and governance (ESG) investments that not only reflect their client’s personal beliefs and attitude towards important issues, but also offer them a sound return on the money they invest.

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