RLAM's Responsible Investment team

The majority of our assets are invested with Royal London Asset Management (RLAM).

RLAM manage just over 90% of our pension assets, and take their responsibilities as shareowners on
our behalf seriously. They actively engage with UK companies they invest in according to principles of
good corporate governance in line with their voting policy.

The responsible way of doing business

Investing money responsibly is part of everyday business for RLAM, and you can see this when looking at their voting record.

In 2022, Royal London Asset Management's Responsible Investment team voted 43,348 resolutions, and engaged with 393 companies totalling 3,534 meetings across 56 markets. RLAM also published their second Taskforce for Climate Related Financial Disclosure (TCFD) report.

Engagement approach for 2022


Source: RLAM, for 12 months ended 31 December 2022. Data accurate as of 11 January 2023. One engagement activity with a company can span multiple topics within a pillar and/or across pillars. When logging engagement activity, we record up to three topics per engagement activity (meeting, letter, call etc).

This video explains more about how the RLAM Responsible Investment team turn principles into practice:

I'm Piers Hillier, I'm the Chief Investment Officer at RLAM and I'm responsible for managing the investment teams across the RLAM business.

My name is Ashley Hamilton Claxton, I'm Head of Responsible Investment here at Royal London Asset Management and what I do is I help our investment managers invest members money in a socially and environmentally responsible way.

Ultimately companies of key employers and for us from our perspective as investors our job in some ways is to encourage companies to work in a constructive way with society and to be responsible in terms of how they act with society as a whole.

Many of the companies that we invest in provide your everyday services to our members and our customers. So for example companies that develop drugs, life-saving drugs companies that deliver health care service so it's really important that when we're investing our money that we're considering how those companies are being are impacting the environment or society.

As companies become more responsible actually they tend to provide better outcomes in terms of their financial results and often better returns for us as investors as a whole.

We work with companies to try to encourage them to operate in a responsible way so we'll engage with the board and we'll engage with management about things like board structure, having a robust audit, not paying the executives excessively or making sure that the pay is structured appropriately.

Now why is governance important? Well it's important because good governance protects members money. Ultimately if things go wrong we want the board there to make sure that they can steward that company through change or any financial challenges that they have.

So how do I provide the best outcome for you as members is really delivering great investment returns but part of that we believe is actually by thinking and acting in a responsible way, that by utilizing the skills of our investment teams and applying them with an environmental social governance lens, actually provides better outcomes for you as members. Now it's not always the case that that will be so and so what we want to try and do is actually engage with our investments and make sure that actually we're providing better overall outcomes.

It's critical that Royal London protects its members’ interests so we're protecting our pension savers and our life insurance customers’ money, this is number one. And this is one of the things that were due through being a response investor. It's really critical that they're their capitals there to draw on when they're ready to take their pension or take out their life insurance. Being responsible ensures that we are protecting our customers capital and ultimately going to be there over the long term.

I think we give people a better future by coming back to what we do best which is effectively allocating capital and doing it in a way that will provide better outcomes to you. Now our thinking is that actually if we allocate effective capital effectively what we're doing in some ways is actually making sure that the plan is a better place, the environment that we're in is a better place, the social backdrop is better, the governance of companies is better, and so those criteria in some ways we think will give you a better future and better outcomes from our investments.