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New research plots top sources of ESG risk for UK DC default funds

first_imgHuman capital, business ethics, product safety, and data privacy and security are the most material environmental, social or governance (ESG) issues a typical UK defined contribution (DC) default fund’s equity portfolio will be exposed to, according to newly released research.The research was commissioned by the UK pensions trade body, the Pensions and Lifetime Savings Association (PLSA), and carried out by Sustainalytics, an ESG data and research provider.Doug Morrow, associate director on the thematic research team at Sustainalytics and author of the study, said the research “sits at the confluence of two major trends in the UK”: the growing use of DC plans, and an increased interest in ESG investment strategies.The research assessed the equities allocation (71%) for a typical DC default fund based on data from a Schroders FTSE Default DC Schemes report, and then plotted the most prominent ESG risks for a model portfolio. Key findings included that “human capital, business ethics, product safety, and data privacy and security stand out as the most material ESG issues from an overall portfolio perspective”.It said “[s]ome investors may find this surprising” given these issues receive relatively less coverage, but that they are “of central importance in many of the industries that happen to be overweighted in a typical DC default fund, including banks, pharmaceuticals, and food products”.These industries accounted for more than 19% of a typical default fund’s total allocation, according to the research.The PLSA said the research found human capital to be the single biggest source of ESG risk at the companies in which DC default funds invest, accounting for 11% of the ESG risk to which they are exposed.According to Sustainalytics’ Morrow, pension funds can mitigate the key ESG risks in DC default funds by using products that track an ESG index. He cited the example of HSBC UK Pension Scheme’s decision to use a Legal & General climate “tilted” index fund for its equity default option.Passive products are a “cost-effective” solution, said Morrow, especially given the UK’s 0.75% charge cap for default auto-enrolment funds.Morrow also recommended for DC schemes to consider global equity asset allocation from an ESG risk perspective. According to Sustainalytics its analysis showed that schemes “can reduce ESG risk in their default funds by tilting towards UK equity”.Schemes should also be “forceful stewards”, according to the report.Luke Hildyard, policy lead for stewardship and corporate governance at the PLSA, said: “The PLSA commissioned this research to better understand the scale and type of risk facing DC pension savers. The findings demonstrate the importance of stewardship activities around issues including human capital, business ethics, data security and climate change.“Over the coming year we will be developing further resources to help our members engage with asset managers and investee companies around these issues.”last_img read more

iXblue Introduces New Subsea Positioning System

first_imgiXblue has launched its new global subsea positioning system. It comprises iXblue new intelligent transponder, Canopus, the Ramses transceiver, and upgraded existing iXblue products with a new telemetry function, as well as a software suite for efficient subsea operations.“In order to complete our underwater acoustic range we have developed this new solution, Canopus,” said Hubert Pelletier, Underwater positioning and communication division sales director.The Canopus transponder features underwater acoustic communication between transponders, transceivers and surface equipment. It embeds environmental temperature, pressure and inclinometer sensors and can be enhanced with optional sensors. A data logging feature allows the recording of internal or external sensors on the internal memory (SD card).A standard battery pack allows up to 1,000,000 pings or more than 2 years battery life in listening mode. InTo complement the new transponder, Canopus, a new generation of Ramses ASBL transceiver is also being introduced. This upgraded product is based on the same new electronics platform as Canopus.In order to manage the increasing complexity of subsea operations and to offer an easy to implement solution, iXblue also introduces its new supervision software. This new software will guide users through the planning of their operations, the deployment of all their devices, the operation of the complete system and the post-processing of all the acquired data.last_img read more

Timeline of Taco Time’s evolution

first_imgTaco Time in the Carrier Dome began in 1995 and this season marks the 20th anniversary of the promotion that’s become a tradition. Check out this timeline of Taco Time’s evolution:1980s — Syracuse legends Sherman Douglas and Derrick Coleman play three seasons as teammates from 1986-89. Burger King had a promotion in the 80s that fans could redeem for free french fries when SU scored over 100 points at home, which occurred 12 times in that span.1995-96 — Before Michael Veley’s first season as marketing director for SU Athletics, he creates a promotion with Taco Bell that when Syracuse scores more than 75 points, fans can redeem a free taco at participating restaurants.2004 — Taco Time is added at women’s basketball games but the benchmark to redeem free tacos is 65 points compared to 75 for men’s. It’s designed to be attainable to drive more fans to Taco Bell.2008 — An online survey asks SU students to rate their favorite promotion at men’s basketball games. Taco Time received more than double the number of votes as any other choice.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textAug. 2012 — The Taco Bell in Kimmel Food Court is closed and replaced with Queso’s. Taco Bell no longer has a restaurant on campus but the nearest one to the Carrier Dome is just 5 miles away.Feb. and March 2013 — Nike creates T-shirts that say “We want tacos.” They are discontinued after just two seasons despite successful sales at the SU Bookstore.Nov. 2015 — Number of points in order to reach Taco Time is bumped from 75 to 70 at men’s games. Despite a prior miscommunication by SU Athletics, it remains 65 for women’s games.Nov. 17, 2015 — Men’s basketball team scores over 70 points to reach Taco Time in a win over St. Bonaventure. This is the 320th Taco Time. Comments Facebook Twitter Google+ Published on November 17, 2015 at 11:39 pm Contact Paul: pmschwed@syr.edu | @pschwedslast_img read more

Premier League footballers bullied by teammates over gay relationship

first_img‘I’m so glad we’re together’One of the posters is said to feature one of the two players celebrating a goal with his teammate’s name written on his chest, and the words ‘I’m so glad we’re together’ with love hearts.A source said: ‘They are being bullied over malicious rumours. This bullying has caused real bad feeling in the squad.’They furthermore added: ‘The vast majority of the lads are totally supportive, but one African player has properly kicked off and is making it plain he’s against gay relationships.’They also added: ‘There’s been real bad blood at the training ground since. Coaching staff have had to step in to calm things down.‘But just when things started calming down, some idiot put these posters up.’A spokesperson for the Premier League approached by GSN declined to comment.Got a news tip? Want to share your story? Email us . Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… According to sources, one of their fellow footballers has even put up anti-gay posters around their training ground.The two men rumored to be in a relationship are both ‘established first-teamers’, according to The Sun.An African-born player is believed to have told colleagues he objects based on ‘religious grounds’ and finds it ‘obscene’, according to the publication.The report furthermore states that an emergency meeting has been called by the football club to deal with the situation. The players have not been named | Photo: Pexels {posed by models) eTN Chatroom for Readers (join us)center_img Two Premier League football players are reportedly being bullied by teammates who believe they’re in a gay relationship. GAYSTARNEWS- This Brighton Pride bus is making a powerful statement gay and bi soccer playersHomophobic teammates leave sex toy in Premier League player’s carGay soccer player’s brother: I was ‘monster’ to him and paid him to stay in closetRead the full article on Gaystarnews:  :https://www.gaystarnews.com/article/premier-league/last_img read more