Winners' Thoughts 2018

PensionDanmark European Pension Fund of the Year, Denmark, Credit & Alternatives, and Innovation 2018
"We are very proud of being awarded European Pension Fund of the Year for the third time. This award and the Innovation trophy in 2017 are further international recognition of our persistent focus on securing the best possible pensions for our members. High yields and low costs require continued innovation. These awards are also just recognition of our extensive focus on digitalisation and robotics and inspire additional motivation for us to continue our work in these areas and beyond."
APK Austria (Vorsorgekasse) 2018
"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 Fixed Income and Real Assets & Infrastructure 2018
“CPEG is pleased and honoured to receive the 2018 IPE country award for Switzerland. We are very grateful to IPE and the judges for recognising our efforts in key areas including the implementation of the investment strategy and risk management, as well as our ESG programme. This prestigious award is a huge encouragement for the pension fund to continue to live up to the high expectations of our beneficiaries."
Caisse de prévoyance de l’Etat de Genève (CPEG) Switzerland 2018
“We are delighted to have won two awards at this year's IPE Awards. Ärzteversorgung Westfalen-Lippe is always keen to further develop its investment strategy and adapt it to the new requirements. These awards by an international and top-class jury are the appropriate affirmation that we have chosen the right path."
DuPont Pension Plan Spain (corporate scheme) 2018
“DuPont‘s board of trustees, its fiduciary manager and its adviser are really proud to have been recognised as the winner of the best corporate pension plan in Spain as well as finalists in different categories in 2018 and in previous years. These awards do nothing less than add significant value to our work, whose sole objective is to maximise our members’ returns while minimising risk. This motto is the key driver of each investment strategy review.”​
INVL Mezzo II 53+ pension fund Central & Eastern Europe 2018
"Firstly, the track record of the pension fund is visible but the evaluation of its investment strategy by independent professionals makes it valid. Secondly, our pension funds are local and are rarely compared with international peers. This award demonstrates that we are competitive not just locally but internationally as well."
Fondo Pensione Nazionale BCC/CRA Italy 2018
“In the last few years Italian pension funds have faced several regulation changes that we saw as a great opportunity to greatly enhance the diversification of our portfolio to obtain satisfactory yields at low risk, even during market downturns. In this respect, we have probably been an innovative frontrunner in Italy as the first to invest in particular asset classes. Winning the IPE Award as best Italian pension fund in 2018 is a great acknowledgment of our efforts and validation that we are on the right path.”
APG ESG 2018
“We are very happy and proud with this 2018 IPE Award. Our pension fund clients are explicit about the specific societal goals they want to achieve and actively allocate capital to. We have developed an innovative methodology to measure and disclose their contribution to the UN Sustainable Development Goals, while meeting their risk and return requirements. Winning this IPE Award is a recognition of our efforts to work on good pensions in a sustainable world.”​
Tesco Pension Scheme In-House Investment Team 2018
“We were delighted to win the award for best in-house investment team. Tesco Pension Investment came into existence relatively recently, but already we have successfully restructured the assets of the Tesco Pension Scheme and delivered excellent risk-adjusted performance for the Scheme. To win such a prestigious award is great recognition for the hard work and dedication of the entire team."
HVB Pension Fund Factor Investing 2018
“For us, the greatest value added from winning an IPE Award is the feedback and external confirmation of our work. It is an additional motivation for our team."
Geroa Pentsioak Spain (multi-manager scheme) 2018
“This award is very important for an entity such as Geroa as we approach 25 years of operation and we are grateful to all the partners involved in the vision to create a supplementary scheme to the public pension. This award serves as a stimulus to see the fruits of a path started almost 25 years ago and to spur the development of the occupational pension fund industry in Spain."
VBV Pensionskasse Austria (Pensionskasse) 2018
“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."
FRR Climate Related Risk Management, Passive Management and Sovereign Reserve Fund 2018
“We are always very happy to receive an IPE Award because we believe it is an open competition judged by experts and winning one is good for the morale of the teams."