Action for Pension Wealth and Planet Health

Our Mission:

Protecting your pension and the climate

Shift: Action for Pension Wealth and Planet Health is a new initiative that works to protect pensions and the climate by bringing together beneficiaries and pension funds to engage on the climate crisis. We help Canadians understand where their retirement wealth is invested and how to engage with the people managing it. Now is the time to shift our approach and invest in a low-carbon future.

 

We want to see Canadian pension funds make three important changes:

 

#1

Improve Climate Risk Reporting

Funds need to disclose or share critical climate change-related financial information with pension fund savers.

 

#2

Cut Carbon Emissions

Funds need to cut the carbon emissions intensity per dollar invested by 25% by 2025.

 
 

#3

Shift to Investments that Fight Climate Change

Funds need to increase their investments in climate change solutions by 50% over the next three years.

Is this realistic?

In October 2017, Canada’s second largest pension fund, the Caisse de dépôt et placement du Québec, committed outright to these three specific changes. We want to help pension fund savers and their funds across the country make the same shift.

Meeting these goals can have a real impact when it comes to climate

 
 
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Canadian pension funds manage over $1.5 trillion. How funds invest these dollars has a major impact on the climate and our economy. Their decisions influence whether Canada and businesses around the world build electric cars and solar panels, or diesel engines and coal-fired power plants.

While some pension funds in Canada, and many others around the world, are preparing for a new economy, other funds at home could be doing more to get ready for climate change. Leading funds are helping their pension savers understand these issues and are making major investments that will help to solve climate change.

Falling behind on climate change could put your pension at risk. Experts like the Bank of England Governor, Mark Carney, have warned that climate change presents serious risks for many industries — which could impact your retirement savings.

 
 

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