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Grapevine 
 
 
 
 
The world’s largest pension funds:
Moving the dial through innovation
 
 
Hello friends of the institute. We hope you’ve been able to enjoy some time away from your desk to recharge and reengage as we approach the last quarter of 2021. In our last newsletter we mentioned the need to reflect on industry changes that have taken place over the last year. We now look forward to our industry’s future and the need to innovate.  
 
 
 
To adapt to the climate emergency and net-zero initiatives, big pension funds need to adopt greater levels of transformational change, which will be difficult. But this area has developed so much in just 18 months. We see reasons to be optimistic that universal ownership strategies will start to kick in, with positive outcomes not only for individual members, but for their planet. 
 
 
 
Conducted in conjunction with Pensions & Investments newspaper, TAI’s World’s largest pension funds research highlights high-level changes and trends in the pension funds industry. Marisa Hall and Roger Urwin summarise their key takeaways from this year’s study in our latest podcast, chaired by TAI’s new researcher Samar Khanna. Listen to the podcast and read the full research paper here. You’ll hear more from us soon on a further study, the P&I 500, coming later this year.  
 
 
Climate change: to predict the future, create it
 
 
Valuing natural capital is key to the future of investment.
Here's why.
 
The future is impossible to forecast. But that doesn’t mean we can’t build the world we want. In his piece for the World Economic Forum, Tim Hodgson argues why valuing natural capital is key to Investment’s future.
 
 
 
Climate change requires culture change 
 
Marisa Hall explains why organisations can’t achieve a sustainable future for the planet without examining their culture. Read Marisa’s Top1000 funds article or listen to her podcast. 
 
 
 
Dates for your diary 
 
 
 
Culture summit | Superteams: understanding legends and building legacies – 16/18 November
 
At this summit we’ll explore: “What gets an investment team to the top of their game, and keeps them there?”
We’re excited to be joined by James Kerr, author of Legacy: What the All Blacks can teach us about the business of life. In this 90-minute virtual event we’ll explore what investment organisations can learn from superteams like the All Blacks.
 
 
Sustainability summit 
 7/9 December

 

How can those of us in the investment industry do better for the planet, and how can we measure our progress?
- Where are we now?
- How can we do better?
- Have we made any progress, and how do we measure it?
 
 
 
Investment insights
 
 
The world’s largest pension funds
 
The duty of ownership
 
Reading to make you think
 
 
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The Thinking Ahead Institute was established in January 2015 and is a global not-for-profit investment research and innovation member group made up of engaged institutional asset owners and service providers committed to mobilising capital for a sustainable future. It has over 50 members around the world and is an outgrowth of the Thinking Ahead Group which was set up in 2002. Learn more at thinkingaheadinstitute.org.

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