Climate change and your pension: divestment guide

UNISON publishes our guide to invest to tackle climate change and launches campaign on January 10th 2018 at our LGPS seminar.

Climate change is an issue that will affect us all, and future generations to come, if not addressed.

One way that you can make a difference by campaigning through your branch for your LGPS pension fund to pull all investments in fossil fuels, commonly known as divestment.

In 2017 our national delegate conference passed a dis-invest from carbon motion. It commits the union to support your campaigns to ensure that your pension fund and of course the companies we all invest in take climate change seriously.

Across the UK there are nearly 50 divestment campaigns targeting local government pension funds calling on them to pull investments from all fossil fuel companies. In September this year, it was revealed that a total of £16 billion is invested in the fossil fuel industry by Local Government Pension funds.

The motion ensured that any campaign demand from UNISON had to include alternative investment proposals to address climate change and replace the assets pension funds will be selling.

On this page you will find our campaign guide and links to other resources to help you start and ultimately be successful.