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War on Want promotes SRI to pension managers

Charity War on Want is launching a Just Pensions toolkit which is a new information pack for pension fund trustees and fund managers providing advice on how to improve the impact of pension fund investment on social needs.

The moves comes ahead of the first anniversary of the new amendment to the Pensions Act, requiring all occupational pension funds to report on the extent of their Socially Responsible Investment policies.

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