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PRI In Person '17

Elroy Dimson: The motives behind responsible investment

There are three primary motives for investors to act responsibly, argues Elroy Dimson, chairman of the Newton Centre for Endowment Asset Management, Cambridge Judge Business School and Emeritus Professor of Finance at the London Business School, speaking on the first day of the UN-supported PRI in Person conference at London’s ICC, ExCel conference centre. The first is complicity, […]
PRI In Person '17

The macro-economic outlook: ESG needed to navigate uncertainty

“It is in our interests to analyse ESG risk,” argued Douglas Hodge, chief executive of PIMCO in his opening address at PRI in Person, the UN-supported international network of investors working to put the six Principles for Responsible Investment into practice. Hodge set the scene for the three day conference, where delegates gathered at the […]
Opinion

Big owners should act like big owners

One of the key ways that institutional investors can promote a long-term orientation in the companies they invest, is by rejecting a company’s compensation plan if it puts too much emphasis on short-term results, says Bob Pozen, visiting senior lecturer at the MIT Sloan School of Management. Writing in the Financial Analysts Journal, he says […]
Opinion

Fiduciary duty: great power, great responsibility

As the landscape for investment changes rapidly, so too does the notion of fiduciary duty. Fiona Reynolds, managing director of PRI, argues that using the status quo as a reason not to adapt to changing perceptions and new demands from investors is no longer possible or acceptable. The PRI will publish a fiduciary duty roadmap […]
Analysis

The meaning of fiduciary duty

The UK Law Commission has delivered its final report on how the law of fiduciary duties applies to investment intermediaries and an evaluation of whether the law works in the interests of the ultimate beneficiaries. The project was commissioned by the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills (BIS) and the Department for Work and Pensions […]
In Conversation

What does an effective board look like?

Pension fund boards are complex, evolving, collective bodies and the individuals that serve them face unique challenges. The Rotman-ICPM Board Effectiveness Program is a week-long course designed specifically for pension fund trustees that showcases how an effective board looks and behaves. Pension management beneficiaries are delegating to a body that then delegates to an executive, […]
Editorial

Back to the future: investors concerns in 2008 resonate today

This issue marks the 400th edition of www.top1000funds.com,  which looks at the strategies and views of the world’s largest asset owners. So what were the concerns and opportunities of investors six years ago, and what are they now?   Since its launch in 2008, the journalists at www.top1000funds.com have written more than 2,000 stories on […]
In Conversation

The rise of the foreign trustee

Which developed world pension fund will become the first to have a Chinese national sit on its board? The debate on board diversity has focused on gender, race and age, but in future it could extend to having representatives of the countries your fund would most like to invest in. As funds travel along the […]
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