News in brief - 14 May 2021

Caceis has launched a carbon metrics reporting tool for UK pension schemes.

The tool is expected to provide pension schemes with the ability to align themselves with the Taskforce on Climate-related Financial Disclosures (TCFD) reporting requirements, with larger schemes expected to be aligned with these requirements from October of this year. It will enable pension schemes to independently assess their portfolios carbon footprint, supporting efforts to meet the metrics and targets requirements that pension schemes will have to start to collect and report on as part of the TCFD requirements. Alongside this, the group has also launched a complementary reporting solution based on the UN Global Compact Principles, which identifies ESG risks and breaches on issues such as labour, human rights and anti-corruption within a pension scheme’s investment portfolio.

First Actuarial has been announced as a member of the Pensions Scams Industry Forum (PSIF).

The forum, a voluntary group of firms in the pensions industry, aims to combat scams by gathering and sharing intelligence, analysing settlements and transfer value requests, and meeting every month to identify patterns that can be used to set up safeguards against pension scams. First Actuarial has previously signed up to The Pension Regulator’s pledge to combat scams, highlighting its membership of PSIF as taking its drive to protect against pension scams to “the next level”.

Tikehau Capital has announced the launch of a new initiative in partnership with DWS Group.

As part of their strategic alliance, Tikehau Capital and DWS Group will work together on a growth initiative to implement an investment strategy for small- to medium-sized defined benefit (DB) pension schemes. It will aim to provide secured income assets, including infrastructure debt, reals estate debt, direct lending, asset-backed securities, collateralised loan obligations and leveraged loans, with some small and mid-sized DB pension funds previously restricted from investing in individual asset classes due to minimum size or governance requirements.

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