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Japan’s governance conundrum

Japan has been progressive in the development of a stewardship code and a corporate governance code, however to make real impact this requires asset owners need to be more proactive in holding boards and executives of their investee companies accountable.
PRI In Person '17

Culture is key in the ESG journey

Renosi Mokate, board member at Africa’s largest pension fund South Africa’s Government Employee Pension Fund, GEPF, believes that one reason the R1 trillion ($107 billion) fund so comfortably embraces ESG principles stems from South Africa’s own turbulent history. “Our investment policy has been influenced by our history,” she says, speaking at PRI in Person 2015, the annual […]
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GPIF continues equities rampage

The giant Japanese pension fund, the Government Pension Investment Fund, continues its quest to move from bonds into equities and shift around 30 per cent of assets, or around $327 billion, out of domestic bonds and short term assets, appointing four new equities managers. The new asset allocation, approved in October last year, sees the […]
Investor Profile

Japan’s GPIF allocates to smart beta

The $1.3 trillion Government Pension Investment Fund of Japan will use factor investing, or smart beta, as a third way of implementing equity mandates, alongside active and passive, following a six-month research project conducted by MSCI that investigated how to best implement the growing interest in factor exposures.   The research project conducted by MSCI […]