Investing in our Future

Fund Managers are always on the lookout for the best returns on their investments. But what if those investments are propping up businesses which are causing profound damage to the planet by contributing to climate change – or are likely to be adversely affected by that climate change? 

With COP26 drawing attention to business’ responsibility to reach net zero, investments such as pensions, have emerged as an unexpected opportunity to make a huge impact on carbon footprints. With a growing number of people concerned over their contributions to the climate crisis, investors can encourage businesses to tackle their carbon emissions head by focusing on Environmental, Social & Governance issues.

 This will make the companies more resilient and help to protect investors’ earnings and ability to pay pensions and insurance claims. 

So, what is standing in the way of wholesale change to greener investments and a healthier planet?


Rachel Hicks

Host, Business Reporter

Rachel Hicks is a senior freelance TV presenter and journalist. She’s worked for BBC TV and radio as a news anchor and reporter since 1992. She regularly presented daily live current affairs TV programmes and co-hosted general election specials, grilling politicians and holding captains of industry to account.  She currently interviews and hosts panel debates  for The Business Reporter.

Rachel dives, skis and drives a speedboat. She’s run the London Marathon, rowed the Thames Marathon and driven a Land Rover to Africa for charity, requiring sand ladders to cross the Sahara.

Fiona Reynolds

Former CEO, Principles for Responsible Investment

Fiona Reynolds is the CEO of the Principles for Responsible Investment (PRI), a UN supported organisation, with more than 4,000 signatories who collectively represent over US $121 trillion in AUM. She is responsible for the PRI’s global operations. Appointed in 2013, Fiona has 25 years’ experience in the financial services and pension sector. She joined the PRI from the Australian Institute of Superannuation Trustees (AIST), where she spent seven years as CEO.

Morten Nilsson

CEO, BT Pension Scheme

Morten joined BTPSM in September 2018 and is responsible for leading all aspects of the business in its support of the Trustee of the Scheme and its members.

Morten has spent most of his career in financial services. He joined the pensions and investment industry in 2001 and spent over 10 years with the £90bn Danish pension scheme ATP, where he held different senior positions across administration, investments, product and business development. In 2010 he moved to London where he founded and as CEO made NOW: Pensions one of the largest occupational DC providers in the UK.

Eoin Murray

Head of Investment, The international business of Federated HermesFederated Hermes

Eoin is Head of Investment and a member of the Executive Committee at the international business of Federated Hermes. Eoin also leads the Investment Office, which is responsible to clients for the investment teams’ consistent delivery of responsible, risk-adjusted performance and adherence to the processes which earned them their ‘kitemarks’. He is also the Executive sponsor for Equality, Diversity & Inclusion.