Press release

LV= adds eight environmental, social and governance funds to personal pensions range

LV= is adding eight Environmental Social Governance (ESG) funds to the range of funds available through the LV= Flexible Transitions Account pension plan. 

ESG funds take account of environmental, social and governance factors before investing in a wide mix of asset classes. 

The funds will be available from 18 November 2019 and have been picked by the LV= Investments team to provide more choice and diversification as people become increasingly mindful about where their money is invested. 

Advisers and their clients will be able to choose from a mix of passive and multi-asset funds across different risk ratings. Managed by Liontrust, L&G and M&G, the ESG funds will suit a range of risk profiles from Defensive Managed, Managed and Global Growth funds – which are risk-rated as 3, 6 and 9 respectively by Defaqto. 

The list of ESG Funds is below:

ESG Fund

Active/

Passive

Risk Rating (Defaqto)

Risk Rating (Dynamic Planner)

Total Fund Charges

L&G Future World Multi-Index 4

Passive

N/A

4

0.36%

L&G Future World Multi-Index 5

Passive

N/A

5

0.36%

Liontrust Sustainable Future Defensive Managed

Active

3

4

0.87%

Liontrust Sustainable Future Cautious Managed

Active

4

5

0.91%

Liontrust Sustainable Future Managed

Active

6

6

0.91%

Liontrust Sustainable Future Absolute Growth

Active

7

7

0.91%

Liontrust Sustainable Future Global Growth

Active

9

8

0.91%

M&G Sustainable Multi Asset

Active

5

5

0.55%


ESG Fund

Active/

Passive

Risk Rating (Defaqto)

Risk Rating (Dynamic Planner)

Total Fund Charges

L&G Future World Multi-Index 4

Passive

N/A

4

0.36%

L&G Future World Multi-Index 5

Passive

N/A

5

0.36%

Liontrust Sustainable Future Defensive Managed

Active

3

4

0.87%

Liontrust Sustainable Future Cautious Managed

Active

4

5

0.91%

Liontrust Sustainable Future Managed

Active

6

6

0.91%

Liontrust Sustainable Future Absolute Growth

Active

7

7

0.91%

Liontrust Sustainable Future Global Growth

Active

9

8

0.91%

M&G Sustainable Multi Asset

Active

5

5

0.55%


Andrew Gilbert, Director of Proposition – Savings and Retirement at LV= said: “ESG funds are becoming increasingly popular as savers become more aware of how global sustainability challenges such as climate change can affect investment returns.

“As a mutual, our members and advisers expect us to have an ESG focus and support change for environmental and social purposes. We have listened to growing demand from advisers and their clients to offer ESG funds so that ethical investors shouldn’t have to compromise between healthy returns and a clear conscience. In fact there is growing amount of evidence that those companies that take account of environmental and social issues often produce strong long-term returns.

“As a modern mutual, LV=  pays close attention to sustainability, environment and social issues. We regularly champion ethical initiatives on a corporate level, so enabling more people to invest in ESG funds is the next logical step for us.”

For more information please contact:

David Gwyer
Media Relations Manager – Life and Pensions
020 7634 4311
07798 796907
Candice South
Press Officer, Life & Pensions
0207 6344 497
07867 141 547

About LV=

LV= is a leading financial mutual and serves over 5.8 million customers with a range of financial products. When we started in 1843 our goal was to give financial security to more than just a privileged few and for many decades we were most commonly associated with providing a method of saving to people of modest means. Today we follow a similar purpose, helping people to protect and provide for the things they love, although on a much larger scale and through a wide range of financial services including insurance, investment and retirement products. We offer our services direct to consumers, as well as through IFAs and brokers.

Liverpool Victoria Friendly Society Limited (LVFS) is authorised by the Prudential Regulation Authority and regulated by the Financial Conduct Authority and the Prudential Regulation Authority. Registered number 110035. Registered address: County Gates, Bournemouth BH1 2NF