Winners' Thoughts 2019

European Pension Fund of the Year, Long-Term Investment Strategy, National/Reserve Fund, Innovation, Emerging Markets, Denmark 2019
"We were both honoured and proud to win six IPE Awards in 2019, not least the European Pension fund of the Year. Winning an IPE Award represents a significant recognition of our achievements and enables us to benchmark ourselves against the most proficient pension funds in Europe based on IPE Awards criteria. As a professional provider of basic financial security for both wage earners and those on welfare in Denmark, participating in the IPE Awards is a valuable tool for ATP to continually improve its skillsets and offerings to the benefit of our 5.2 million members."
Austria (Pensionskasses & Vorsorgekasse) 2019
"We are very proud of being awarded best Vorsorgekasse in Austria for the second time in a row. This award is international proof of quality in a market that is completely served by domestic players. International recognition of our work and our persistent efforts in securing the best long-term outcome for our customers motivates and inspires us to become even better in the future."
Ärzteversorgung Westfalen-Lippe
Germany (Versorgungswerk) 2019
“We are very happy to be receive the IPE Award as best pension fund in Germany 2019. Due to the complex challenges on the capital market, AVWL’s investment strategy is constantly evolving without resorting to unimaginative approaches. With diversification our main priority, this award is proof that our approach fits an international model and is recognised accordingly."
CPEG, Caisse de prévoyance de l’Etat de Genève
Switzerland 2019
“CPEG is honoured to receive this prestigious award. We appreciate the attention the community gives to our work. We can only express our sincere gratitude to the judges and IPE."
Plan de Pensiones Nestlé
Spain 2019
“Plan de Pensiones Nestlé is very proud to be named the best pension fund in Spain 2019 at the IPE Awards. We consider this strong recognition of all the work and improvements that have been implemented in recent years. Additionally, this award is motivation to continue seeking the best means to add value for our members and beneficiaries."
SEB Pension & Försäkring
Portfolio Construction & Diversification 2019
"At SEB Pension & Försäkring, we are very proud to win our first IPE Award. Winning the Portfolio Construction and Diversification trophy confirms the strength of our modern investment management philosophy and diversification into illiquid assets, which also led to being highly commended in the Sweden country category and themed award for Credit and Alternatives. The Award and the highly commended status enhance the standing of SEB’s traditional pension product in Sweden and highlights the success achieved through a great team effort that is further inspired and strengthened."
Fondo Pensione Laborfonds
Italy 2019
“This is the fifth time Laborfonds has won the best pension fund in Italy and is very significant with the judges’ commendation that we are ‘not simply a pension fund but the outcome of a wider and shared project of an entire region’. Moreover, we are pioneers in financial education as well as investments, and as such, our membership is ever growing as women and younger workers in particular understand the importance of second pillar provision.”
APG GroeiFabriek
Pension Fund Achievement of the Year 2019
“We are very proud to win the IPE award for Pension Fund Achievement of the Year. We see this as huge recognition of the steps we have taken so far in the innovative GroeiFabriek – or Growth Factory – concept, which has been achieved in close co-operation with the pension funds and partners in our ecosystem.”​
HVB Pension Fund
Commodities 2019
“Taking part in the IPE Awards each year is a good opportunity to review and rethink our investment processes and strategies, while winning provides incentives and motivation to improve our approach. Actively managed solutions offer the best solution in the current low interest rate environment. We invest worldwide in a balanced and well diversified manner, continuously monitoring developments through tight risk management of all asset classes, including commodities, which are implemented in close collaboration with our inhouse colleagues at UniCredit Investment Banking. This Award represents a great honour and is encouraging as we continue to optimise our asset allocation. What’s most impressive about the IPE Awards is the quality of the presentations and willingness of participants to share best practice."
Swedbank Pension Plan
Central & Eastern Europe 2019
“We are most delighted to be awarded the best pension fund in Central & Eastern Europe 2019. We believe this international recognition is affirmation of our efforts and hard work towards better financial security for our customers in retirement and is ideal motivation for us to continue our mission."
Active Management and In-House Investment Team 2019
“At AP4, we are honoured to be recognised for our approach to both how we structure our active asset management operation and our successful in-house team. The two IPE awards inspire and motivate us in our continued drive to take the scheme to the next level."
Christian Böhm (CEO, APK)
Outstanding Industry Contribution 2019
“I am exceptionally happy for our team at VBV bringing home this award. IPE is very well known and has a very good reputation in our sector and hence it is a great honour to win this award as recognition for the hard work delivered and the results produced by our people."
Multi-Employer/Professional Pension Fund and Fixed Income 2019
“Being among the largest pension providers in Europe, the two IPE Awards for Fixed Income and Multi-Employer/Professional Pension Fund are recognition of our competence within these areas and are a huge honour. This success Is greatly welcomed and appreciated by our personnel as evidence that hard work pays off and has been acknowledged externally by both the media and our customers in Sweden."
Church Commissioners for England
ESG and Real Estate 2019
“The Church Commissioners are delighted with the awards for Real Estate and Environmental, Social and Governance. The ESG commendation cites ‘exemplary engagement & stewardship’ and calls the Commissioners ‘a role model to other funds in sustainable investments’. On real estate, the Commissioners were commended for ‘active asset management approach including ESG in a structured manner’. The Commissioners were also highly commended in the Climate Related Risk Management category. These awards highlight the importance of delivering simultaneously impressive financial and RI performance."