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Pension industry faces ethical challenges

Socially responsible investment will top City and business agendas according to PricewaterhouseCoopers.

New pensions legislation introduced on July 3 coupled with Government-proposed reforms of UK company law are prompting the move.

All UK private sector pension funds will be legally obliged to consider SRI and voting rights as part of their overall investment policy as of Monday July 10. Trustees will also have to ensure funds disclose whether they take account of the environmental, social and ethical impact of their investments.

The DTI’s Company Law Review will propose listed companies report on their policies and social and ethical issues and include the findings in their annual report.

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