From utopian to center stage at PFA: "It's a challenge worth a proper fight. And trust me, it is not a walk in the park"

Is it possible to make a 180-year-old Swiss private bank significantly more sustainable in less than two years? Sasja Beslik believes so, having left J. Safra Sarasin to take the over the reins at Denmark's largest commercial pension fund, PFA. Even though only 1.5 percent of PFA's clients have opted for its climate product after more than a year on the market, it shouldn't become the mandatory savings product, he argues.

PenSam sets new carbon footprint targets

Pension fund PenSam is raising the bar in the race to be green taking place in the pension industry. By 2025, the company wants to reduce CO2 emissions generated by its investment portfolios by a total of 44 percent.

Client demands ever-increasing, says Scottish asset manager

It is difficult for the asset management industry to simultaneously reduce fees and engage more. "Although people are not talking much about this today, the situation is going to get quite interesting over the coming years," says Stuart Dunbar, partner at Scottish asset manager Baillie Gifford.

Ex-PKA boss calls for green unity ahead of Climate Investment Summit

The Climate Investment Coalition kicks off its 2021 summit tomorrow. Coalition chair and former PKA chief executive Peter Damgaard Jensen is raring to go and keen to talk to investors wanting to increase their green ambitions. "When you read the latest IPCC report, it is clear that by 2030 or 2040, it will be too late to start this transition," he says.

"We want to make this conference our big return to live events"

Institutional Investor Forums is preparing to host its first pan-European pension symposium since before the pandemic. Executive Director Alex Beveridge hopes to welcome more than 100 of Europe's largest asset owners to Copenhagen, despite new Covid-19 infection rates clouding the horizon.

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