Impact investing means investing into projects or businesses that benefit local communities, such as education, clinical research and renewable energy, as well as providing a strong potential financial return.
At Smart Pension, we believe that impact investing represents the future of investment, particularly for Defined Contribution (DC) pension funds. It can provide strong long-term returns whilst also delivering a positive impact on the world around us. Our trustees are aligned with us on this approach, as are our investment consultants who are very much at the forefront of our impact thinking. This has resulted in our recent investments into green bonds and biodiversity within our Smart Sustainable Growth fund.
The Impact Investing Institute and Pensions for Purpose recently published a case study which goes into more depth on our impact investing approach – you can read it here.
Launched in 2015, Smart Pension exceeds £4bn in assets under management (AUM) and now serves over one million members and more than 70,000 employers. It is powered by Keystone, Smart’s global savings and investments technology platform.
Aquiline Capital Partners, Barclays, Chrysalis Investments, DWS Group, Fidelity International Strategic Ventures, J.P. Morgan, Legal & General Investment Management, Link Group and Natixis Investment Managers are all investors in Smart Pension.