The Shift Towards Sustainable Pensions: How Plan Beneficiaries are Shaping the Future of Pension Systems

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Many institutional investors are addressing global issues by making allocations into ‘sustainable investments’. Sustainable investing is an umbrella term referring to a spectrum of investment approaches such as ethical screening, ESG (Environmental, Social, and Governance) investing, impact investing in alignment with the Sustainable Development Goals. Pension funds are one of the asset owner groups taking a plunge into the domains of sustainable development. USSIF Foundation reported that, as of 2018, public pension funds accounted for more than half of the $8.6 trillion worth sustainable, responsible and impact investing assets that were managed on behalf of US-based institutional investors¹. Pension fund…...

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Bhavana Poosarla Bhavana Poosarla is an independent consultant and content writer on impact investing and sustainable development. She is passionate about mobilising private capital towards the Sustainable Development Goals. Before venturing into the gig economy, she worked at Phenix Capital, an impact investment consultancy based in Amsterdam, where she gained three years of professional experience on the entire spectrum of Sustainable Investing - Exclusion, ESG, and Impact Investments. She also had a stint in Big Data at India’s bellwether IT firm Infosys. Bhavana has a Bachelors degree in Civil Engineering (JNTU Hyderabad) and a Masters degree in Management (Rotterdam School of Management, the Netherlands). She is a CFA level 3 candidate. Her studies in Civil Engineering acquainted her with the dangers of ecological imbalance. She first explored the concept of combining profit with purpose in her Masters’ thesis, where she analysed whether responsible investing led to abnormal returns. Working at Phenix Capital added impetus to her desire to ‘do well and do good’. She saw first-hand the challenges and opportunities with mainstreaming capital into impact investments and SDGs. As a freelancer, she hopes to tie in her inter-disciplinary multi-cultural experiences and take a holistic perspective towards solving global challenges.