Building back better has become the new mantra of the impact investing community. In this webinar we explored what building back better actually means and how pension funds, pension holders and asset managers can play an active role in building more resilient societies, economies and financial systems as we emerge from the current coronavirus emergency.

This webinar was hosted by the Impact Investing Institute’s CEO, Sarah Gordon, who spoke to Richard Curtis, co-founder of Make My Money Matter and long-time advocate for the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), and Amanda Young, Global Head of Responsible Investment at Aberdeen Standard Investments, who pioneered integrating Environmental, Social and Governance issues into the mainstream investment process.

Key messages from the discussion

  • Use your power. Be mindful of your own consumer behaviour (e.g. food, clothes, travel) and decide where you can make changes. 
  • Use your voice. Ask your employer or accountant where your pension is invested and follow-up with them if they do not have an immediate answer. Encourage colleagues, friends and family to do the same. Make changes in your pension fund if needed. 
  • Get the right advice. If you have a financial advisor, ask them about your options in relation to sustainable and impact investing. If you are not presented with options, challenge them or find a new advisor.
  • Get educated. Understand what the issues are that you care about and how they align with your own values.