Magazine Issues » October 2021

Editorial: Join the club

Nick_FitzpatrickIf you’ve become sceptical about fund managers signing up to ESG-related organisations and initiatives (most notably the UN’s sustainable development goals), that’s understandable. However, our roundtable discussion changed my mind on this.

We’ve all heard fund managers say how they incorporate ESG throughout the whole investment process. The Church of England Pensions Board, which participated in our discussion, is deeply interested in how this is done.

It turns out that as well as looking at ESG scoring systems and proxy voting policies (if there are any), as part of this inquiry the Board considers if fund managers are members of collaborative engagement initiatives. Why? Because groups such as the Transition Pathway Initiative enable fund managers to substantiate ESG claims through publicly available assessments.

So, perhaps I’ll be a little less sceptical in future, now that I see the benefits of club membership!

Nick Fitzpatrick, Group Editor, Funds Europe

© 2021 funds europe

Thought leadership


This whitepaper outlines key challenges impeding the growth of private markets and explores how technological innovation, when bolstered by the operational experience and global reach of FMIs, can provide solutions to unlock access to private market funds for a growing investor base.


Transporting goods by sea is the lowest carbon way of transporting goods. That said, the shipping sector contribute 3% of global carbon emissions, so we need it to get to net zero. Breakthrough technologies have the power to reshape the industry and drastically reduce its environmental footprint.


Executive Video Interviews

Why fund admin tech is a key competitive advantage

Cian Hyland, Strategic Client Relationship Director at Deep Pool Financial Solutions spoke to us about how technology enables efficient data management, reporting automation and secure data access.

Insights from State Street

Cuan Coulter, Global Head of Asset Managers and Head of UK and Ireland at State Street, discusses how fund managers decide between the two cross-border fund domiciles, namely Ireland and Luxembourg, and why asset managers find managing data so difficult.

Unlocking access to private markets

Vincent Clause, who heads the global funds strategy at Euroclear and David Genn, CEO of Goji, sit down with Funds Europe to explain how technological innovation, bolstered by operational experience and global reach, can provide solutions that unlock access to private markets.

Sustainable investing in the DC world

Claire Felgate, a specialist in UK defined contribution pension schemes at asset manager BlackRock, talks with Funds Europe editor Nick Fitzpatrick about how - and the pace at which - DC pension schemes are adapting to the requirements of sustainable investment.



Join our webinar for a deep dive into the findings of the fresh-off-the-press EU Taxonomy 2023 Insights Report, based on Clarity AI's best-in-class coverage of EU Taxonomy reported data and CDP industry-leading environmental datasets. 

In this webinar, we discuss tools for optimising fund data management and distribution, the role of global fund classifications and ratings, and how technology and automation enhance data integrity and insights.