News in brief - 22 July 2022

The Chartered Institute of Public Finance & Accountancy (CIPFA) partners with Isio to help Local Government Pension Scheme (LGPS) funds manage Environmental, Social and Governance (ESG) investment risks

CIPFA and Isio have partnered for the launch of the ESG Investment Assessment Matrix, which assesses how LGPS Funds’ investment identify, integrate and manage ESG risks and opportunities in their mandates under five key assessment criteria: investment approach and framework, risk management, voting and engagement, reporting, and collaboration. The matrix will also report the overall ESG capabilities and propose actions to inform targeted engagement with the underlying investment managers.

Punter Southall Aspire launches new online tool Pension Potential

Pension potential is a service that’s free for employers, which may help their staff find more money for retirement, by helping employees to make sense of their retirement options and to guide them through the process of buying an annuity. Pension Potential searches the entire market for the best deal and takes the saver’s health and lifestyle into account. Together with online guidance, the website incorporates options for people to talk to a specialist about their particular circumstances and also creates a personalised report for each user on what their plans will give them.

Smart launches new technology platform Keystone

Keystone already underpins Smart Pension’s Master Trust in the UK, and will now be rolled out to corporate and public-sector clients across the global pensions industry. Its Platform as a Service (PaaS) offering will be made available to national and regional governments, banks, pension providers, asset managers, trade associations and affinity groups. Keystone functions as a standalone workplace retirement savings platform, and is interoperable with other financial services and retirement software, alongside payroll and HR management.

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