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IPE Conference: PensionDanmark is Europe’s best pension fund

Renato Guerriero, Torben Möger Pedersen

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PensionDanmark was named best European Pension Fund for the second year in a row at last night’s IPE Awards dinner in Dublin.

The top prize was one of five awards scooped by the DKK239.7bn (€32.1bn) pension provider – including the Outstanding Industry Contribution Award for CEO Torben Möger Pedersen.

PensionDanmark was also recognised for its work in Credit & Alternatives and for Innovation – it won the latter prize in Prague last year as well – and was named Denmark’s top pension provider.

Accepting the awards, Pedersen highlighted the COP-24 climate conference taking place in Poland this week and urged attendees to address the “opportunities and challenges” posed by climate change.

Sweden’s AP4 was also a multiple winner, taking home awards for Long-Term Investment Strategy, Active Management, Portfolio Construction & Diversification, and Equities – the latter jointly with Nordea Investments. It was also named Sweden’s top pension fund.

ERAFP’s outgoing CEO Philippe Desfossés was presented with the Pension Fund Achievement of the Year award in recognition of growth of the French scheme’s responsible investment and climate risk management strategies.

Philippe Desfossés, ERAFP

Philippe Desfossés speaks at an IPE event

Desfossés has stepped down from the €30bn French civil servants’ pension after nearly 10 years in charge. Laurent Galzy was named as his successor last week.

ERAFP was also recognised as France’s top pension fund, and took home the award for best Emerging Markets strategy.

Fellow French investor FRR collected the awards for Sovereign Reserve Fund, Passive Management and Climate Related Risk Management.

Here are the winners in full:

Gold Awards 
European Pension Fund of the YearPensionDanmark
Outstanding Industry ContributionTorben Möger Pedersen
Pension Fund Achievement of the YearPhilippe Desfossés
Long-Term Investment StrategyAP4
Silver Awards 
Corporate Pension FundStichting Calpam-Pensioenfonds
Multi-Employer/Professional Pension FundIndustriens Pension
Public Pension FundChurch Commissioners for England
Small Pension FundPensioenfonds UZ Gent – UGent OFP
Sovereign Reserve FundFRR
Active ManagementAP4
Passive ManagementFRR
Bronze Awards 
AlternativesPFA Pension
EquitiesAP4, Nordea Investments
Fixed IncomeÄrzteversorgung Westfalen-Lippe
Country Awards 
Austria (Pensionskasse)VBV-Pensionskasse
Austria (Vorsorgekasse)APK Vorsorgekasse
BelgiumPensioenfonds UZ Gent – UGent OFP
Central & Eastern EuropeINVL Mezzo II 53+ pension fund
DenmarkPensionDanmark
FranceERAFP
Germany (bAV)Bosch Pensionsfonds
Germany (Versorgungswerk)Bayerische Versorgungskammer
IrelandConstruction Workers’ Pension Scheme
ItalyFP Nazionale BCC/CRA, FP Personale Gruppo BNL/BNP Paribas Italia
NetherlandsStichting Pensioenfonds PGB
PortugalFundo de Pensões Horizonte Ações
Small CountriesFrjálsi Pension Fund
Spain (corporate scheme)DuPont Pension Plan
Spain (multi-employer scheme)Geroa Pentsioak EPSV
SwedenAP4
SwitzerlandCaisse de prévoyance de l’Etat de Genève (CPEG)
United KingdomNEST (National Employment Savings Trust)
Themed Awards 
Climate Related Risk ManagementFRR
Credit AlternativesPensionDanmark
DC & Hybrid StrategiesAmundi Pension Fund
Emerging MarketsERAFP
ESGAPG
Factor InvestingHVB Pension Fund
In-house Investment TeamTesco Pension Scheme
InnovationPensionDanmark
Pensions Governance & AdministrationPensionskasse SBB
Portfolio Construction & DiversificationAP4
Real Assets & InfrastructureÄrzteversorgung Westfalen-Lippe
Real EstateMN
Risk ManagementAmonis

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