Monday 26 June 2023

Wales Pension Partnership (WPP) launches new Sustainable Global Active Equity sub-fund

The Wales Pension Partnership (‘WPP’), the pooling entity for the eight Welsh LGPS Funds, has launched a Sustainable Global Active Equity sub-fund on its existing ACS platform. The launch further enhances the choice available to the WPP’s constituent authorities and aligns with their evolving sustainability objectives.

The new sub-fund has launched with £1.2bn, with all eight Welsh Funds participating and will see Russell Investments manage a diversified multi-manager sustainable active equity solution built to the WPP’s bespoke requirements. The solution includes five highly rated specialists (Sparinvest, Mirova, Neuberger Berman, Wellington and Artemis) identified and assessed by Russell Investments’ proprietary research framework to ensure suitability and inclusion of truly sustainable offerings.

The solution also offers the flexibility to evolve as the WPP’s requirements change, or as the sustainable landscape continues to develop, utilising Russell Investments’ Enhanced Portfolio Implementation capabilities – an infrastructure enabling customised and efficient changes to the sub-fund with a centralised portfolio management process.

Link Fund Solutions, which was appointed by the WPP as its FCA authorised Operator in 2018, is responsible for the creation and operation of the new sub-fund. Russell Investments was first appointed as WPP’s investment management solutions provider in 2018.


Commenting on the launch, Cllr Chris Weaver, Chair of the Joint Governance Committee of the Wales Pension Partnership, said:

“WPP’s long-term ambition is to demonstrate leadership on sustainability and responsible investing practices for and on behalf of the Constituent Authorities. This new sub-fund supports these ambitions in delivering both financial and broader sustainability benefits to the Authorities, and their underlying members.

Jim Leggate, Head of EMEA Sales and Clients at Russell Investments, added:

“We are delighted to have supported the Wales Pension Partnership on its journey towards meeting its long-term financial and sustainable objectives. Our bespoke solution gives exposure to a diversified set of best-in-class strategies that simultaneously stand to gain from and contribute to the transition to a more sustainable world. The appointment builds on Russell Investments’ extensive experience in designing and managing sustainable solutions for our clients.”

Karl Midl, CEO of Link Fund Solutions, added:

“As Operator of the Wales Pension Partnership, we are delighted to launch and oversee the new Sustainable Global Active Equity sub-fund. We recognise that sustainability is an increasingly important part of the investment process and we are pleased to support the Wales Pension Partnership in achieving their responsible investing objectives.”




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List of Constituent Authorities

  • Cardiff & Vale of Glamorgan Pension Fund
  • Clwyd Pension Fund
  • Dyfed Pension Fund
  • Greater Gwent (Torfaen) Pension Fund
  • Gwynedd Pension Fund
  • Powys Pension Fund
  • Rhondda Cynon Taf Pension Fund
  • City and County of Swansea Pension Fund


About WPP

The Wales Pension Partnership (WPP) was established in 2017. The WPP is a collaboration of the eight LGPS funds (Constituent Authorities) covering the whole of Wales and is one of eight national Local Government Pension pools.

It has a long, successful history of collaboration, including examples that pre-date the Government’s pooling initiative. It is proud of its unique identity as a Pool – its Constituent Authorities represent and span the entirety of Wales. Being democratically accountable means it provides the best of strong public sector governance and transparency.

WPP’s operating model is designed to be flexible and deliver value for money. It appointed an external Operator and makes use of external advisers to bring best of breed expertise to support the running of the Pool. The Operator is Link Fund Solutions and they have partnered with Russell Investments to manage the investments and assist in the reduction of investment management costs for all the Constituent Authorities.