About Us

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.

We have a long, successful history of collaboration, including examples that pre-date the Government’s pooling initiative. We are proud of our unique identity as a Pool – our Constituent Authorities represent and span the entirety of Wales. Being democratically accountable means we provide the best of strong public sector governance and transparency.

Our operating model is designed to be flexible and deliver value for money. We appointed an external Operator and make 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.

We have a clear vision and are in control of the pace we take to ensure we meet our goals.

 

Latest News
Wednesday 08 April 2020

Wales Pension Partnership appoints Robeco UK as its Voting and Engagement provider.

The Wales Pension Partnership (‘WPP’) is pleased to announce the appointment of Robeco UK, a branch of Robeco Institutional Asset Management B.V (‘Robeco’) as the WPP’s Voting and Engagement provider. Robeco were appointed following the completion of a comprehensive procurement exercise. Robeco’s contract will commence on 1 April 2020 and will run for an initial period of 3 years with the potential for a 2-year extension.

Robeco will assist the WPP in formulating and maintaining a Voting Policy and Engagement Principles that are in keeping with the Welsh Constituent Authorities’ membership of the Local Authority Pension Fund Forum (‘LAPFF’)

Robeco will be tasked with helping WPP formulate its Voting Policy, this work will be carried out in collaboration with the eight Welsh Constituent Authorities over the course of the next six months. Following this, Robeco will take responsibility for implementing the Voting Policy across WPP’s £5bn active equity portfolio and reporting to WPP and the underlying Funds.

Additionally, Robeco will assist the WPP in framing its Engagement Principles and will undertake engagement activity on behalf of the WPP in accordance with the agreed principles. As part of its remit Robeco, will embrace WPP’s track record of collaborating with likeminded partners, policy makers and regulators to ensure that WPP achieves the most effective engagement outcomes.  Robeco will also provide reporting and training on the WPP’s engagement activities at both a Pool and Constituent Authority level.

WPP will publish its Voting Policy and Engagement Principles on this website once they have been finalised.

The WPP believes that Responsible Investment alongside consideration and evidential management of Environmental, Social and Governance issues should result in better outcomes for WPP’s stakeholders. The appointment of Robeco evidences the WPP’s continued delivery of the commitments made in its Responsible Investment Policy and its vow to exercise its voting rights in line with the interest of its stakeholders and engaging with investee companies to enhance the long-term value of the Constituent Authorities’ investments within WPP.

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Friday 05 June 2020

The Wales Pension Partnership’s first annual update

The Wales Pension Partnership (‘WPP’) Is pleased to present its first annual update. The progress made over the past twelve months reflects the ability of the eight Welsh Constituent Authorities to work together to deliver their shared set of objectives. Some significant milestones have been achieved during the year and it is extremely pleasing to see that these milestones have been extended across a variety of fields, including, Investments, Governance, Communications and Training. The annual update can be found under the Publications section, please click here.

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