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Hymans Robertson is calling for Pension Schemes to be bolder when working with asset managers on their stewardship and responsible investment (RI) activities.

 The leading pensions and financial services firm makes the call as it launches its new guide for trustees: Effective Stewardship: Getting the most from your asset managers. The guide outlines the role of effective stewardship in helping to manage the climate change and ESG risks, to deliver returns with real-world impact.

 The guide also helps schemes gain insight into asset managers’ processes. It includes example questions to enable trustees to hold pension scheme managers accountable for implementing their approach to responsible investment.

 Commenting on the release of the guide, Olivia Mooney, Responsible Investment Consultant at Hymans Robertson, said: “The role of stewardship in helping to manage risks brought about by climate change and other ESG issues must not be underestimated, so the launch of this guide is timely. By clearly defining the expectations for trustees on stewardship activities it aims to support them in their engagement with managers.

 “Stewardship will continue rising-up the agenda for pensions schemes. We want all asset owners to recognise its power and use the leverage they have, and to address pressing sustainability issues, like helping to transition to a net-zero economy. We are committed to driving change in this area and a huge part of that for us will be to help shift attitudes to stewardship. It’s vital that Pension schemes view the changes that need to be made and their role in stewarding as both necessary and rewarding.”

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