MMMM satirical film urges pension schemes to commit to net zero

The Make My Money Matter (MMMM) campaign has produced a satirical short film with the aim of encouraging pension schemes to sign up to net zero and deforestation free targets across their portfolios.

It supports the launch of MMMM’s new petition calling on the pensions industry to commit to net zero and deforestation free portfolios.

MMMM, a campaign founded by Richard Curtis and Jo Corlett, also called on UK pension holders to sign up to the campaign and speak to their providers to find out where their money is invested.

The film was directed by BAFTA-winning director, David Kerr, and stars Jason Isaacs as ‘Guy Byrne-Woods’, the CEO of Forestry Felling Syndicate.

In the film, ‘No Nasty Surprises’, Byrne-Woods thanks UK pension holders for their contributions to the fictional company’s record-breaking year.

Commenting on the launch, MMM co-founder, Richard Curtis, said: “Most of us would be horrified to learn that our pensions are funding companies that destroy rainforests and damage our planet, companies personified by Jason Isaacs’ nasty Guy Byrne-Woods.
“Yet we know from our own research that the majority (72 per cent) of people do not know whether their pension is invested in line with their values, and that deforestation and environmental degradation continues across the globe. 
“This film is a bit of Christmas fun – but also highlights the serious threats we face if we don’t make our money matter - and calls on all UK pension funds to commit to net zero targets and deforestation free portfolios. We believe now is the moment for all UK savers to have pensions they can be proud of.”

Isaacs added: "UK pensions have £3trn invested to supposedly take care of pension holders’ futures. But are they? How much of it is funding businesses that are destroying the planet? It should be easy to find out and make money work just as well to build a better, more sustainable world. 
“That’s why I’m so happy to support MMMM - the goal is essential, achievable and in all of our hands. Make that call and make your money matter.”

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