News in brief - 4 March 2022

The Quilter Foundation has donated £100,000 to the Disasters Emergency Committee (DEC) Ukraine Humanitarian Appeal.

The DEC brings together 15 UK aid charities, which specialise in humanitarian aid and disaster response, in an effort to raise funds to support an effective humanitarian response to the crisis in Ukraine. Quilter has pledged to match funds raised by employees donating to the appeal, up to £20,000, and the UK government will also match every pound donated by the UK public through its Aid Match scheme. The funds will be distributed only to DEC member charities.

Aon has announced the launch of a new sustainable multi-asset credit (MAC) fund in the UK, investing in high conviction MAC strategies.

It will aim to deliver attractive risk-adjusted returns whilst also focusing on sustainability, including an alignment with the UN Sustainable Development Goals. The fund, which is available to pension schemes that are clients of Aon’s advisory and fiduciary management services in the UK, has assets under management of £167m, with a further £189m currently under transition into the fund.

Phoenix Group has become the first in the financial services industry to adopt the Social Value Portal.

The tool will allow the group to measure and mange the impact that its business and supply change has on society, in an effort to demonstrate the holistic financial and non-financial benefits of the group’s community engagement programme. These initiatives range from fundraising to improving financial literacy in schools, with the portal to allow the group to quantify the difference it makes through these programmes.

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