IPE Conference and Awards 2016
 


Thoughts From The 2016 Winners - Why The IPE Awards Matter

WINNER: EUROPEAN PENSION FUND OF THE YEAR & SMALL PENSION FUND
"This is a major coup for NEST. To be selected as best in Europe at these prestigious and well-regarded awards is testament to how far we’ve come in just five years of investing. This kind of recognition by IPE will prompt pension professionals across Europe to reconsider how they view NEST’s investment approach.”
Mark Fawcett, Chief Investment Officer, National Employment Savings Trust (NEST), UK

WINNER: SWEDEN
"The IPE conference and awards is the main European event for meeting colleagues and sharing of ideas. When we get selected for prices by professional judges, amongst peers, for our ways of providing pensions, that’s something that helps confirming that we are on the right track.”
Peter Hansson, Chief Executive Officer, SPK, Sweden

WINNER: AUSTRIA Vorsorgekasse
“Winning an IPE Award means to us the confirmation for having done a good job during the year and is a clear signal for the whole team that we are on the right path. And of course it underlines our commitment to work even harder in the future.”
Markus Zeilinger, Chairman, Fair-Finance Vorsorgekasse, Austria

WINNER: LONG-TERM INVESTMENT STRATEGY
“This prestigious award is testimony to the MNOPF’s high standards of governance, investment strategy and risk management. As a result, our members enjoy greater security of their pensions and our employers are benefitting from significant savings in pension contributions.”
Phil Boyle, Communications Director, Merchant Navy Officers’ Pension Fund, UK

WINNER: GERMANY Versorgungswerk, FIXED INCOME & INFRASTRUCTURE
"We were very pleased to win three trophies at the IPE Awards 2016. For ÄVWL, these awards, which are based on the reviews of international and independent judging panels, are an external recognition that we have drafted the appropriate strategy for both our infrastructure investments and to protect against any downside the low interest rate environment creates."
Andreas Kretschmer, Chief Executive Officer, Ärzteversorgung Westfalen-Lippe, Germany

WINNER: IRELAND
“We are delighted to have won the IPE award for Best Pension Fund in Ireland, particularly as it is an award judged by your peers.  The award represents recognition of all the hard work done in rebranding and reshaping the ESB DC Scheme into RetireSmart.”
Paul Duignan, Pension Service Manager, ESB, Ireland

WINNER: CLIMATE-RELATED RISK MANAGEMENT, ESG & REAL ESTATE
“The IPE Awards are an invaluable opportunity for us to benchmark our work against our peers across Europe. The judges are leaders in their fields, and there is no better organisation to coordinate such a well-regarded event as IPE. We were delighted to take part.”
Edward Mason, Head of Responsible Investment, Church Commissioners for England, UK

WINNER: SPAIN
“Its an honour and a privilege to be considered the best corporate pension fund in Spain for the 5th time in 6 years. Pensions Caixa 30 has a clear and concise strategic long-term objective, but we are always evolving as we don't want to be complacent. This 5th award is an example of the ongoing development of our pension fund and we hope we continue to grow each year.”
Jordi Jofra, President, Comisión de Control PPE CaixaBank

WINNER: AUSTRIA Pensionskasse
“Winning an IPE Award helps us raise awareness of APK and set our company apart, differentiating the quality of our achievements. The IPE Awards recognise and reward the efforts of our company and our staff. They support us to make APK and our services more visible, which may attract new customers and reinforce the loyalty of existing customers and our team.”
Christian Böhm, CEO, APK Pensionskasse, Austria

WINNER: RISK MANAGEMENT
The Trustee Directors are clear that excellence in the area of Risk Management is a key element to sustaining the Trust. To be publicly recognised in a peer review for our work in this area is a major achievement, and we hope that it also a comfort to the members to know that the investment actions of their Trustee Board are accorded such high regard.”
Paul Haines, Chief Investment Officer, Trafalgar House Pension Trust, UK