LA Pension Fund engagement has zero impact on big oil emissions

16th July 2023

Our analysis of the Local Authority Pension Funds’ Forum (LAPFF) engagement activities reveals that it has completely failed to persuade fossil fuel companies to reduce their emissions. LAPFF represents all local authority pension fund members. It engages in discussions with companies on several ethical issues, including environmental performance. Fossil Free Greater Manchester (FFGM) analysed the Forum’s…

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Oldham Council calls on GMPF to divest

We welcome Oldham Council’s recent decision to amend an earlier motion and call on the Greater Manchester Pension Fund (GMPF): as the largest in the local government pension scheme, with over 375,000 members – to divest from fossil fuels by 2030, in line with the borough’s zero-carbon target, and in the meantime to provide an…

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GM Pension Fund awarded gold medal for Dirtiest Investor

10th April 2023

Thanks to everyone who joined us on a cold morning in Droylsden on 24 March. There was a great turn-out with lots of colourful banners and placards. We gathered outside the Greater Manchester Pension Fund’s offices in Droylsden to present it with a lifetime achievement award for being the dirtiest local government pension fund in…

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Join us for the Dirty Investor Award Ceremony

4th March 2023

Join us for the UK Divest Day of Action At the Dirty Investor Award Ceremony9am, Friday 24th March, Tony Downes House, Droylsden Join us on Friday 24th March outside the GM Pension Fund Management Panel meeting to present the Fund with their well-earned ‘Dirtiest UK Council Pension Fund’ lifetime award.Bring your banners and placards ready to…

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Don’t be fooled by GMPF’s target to halve its carbon footprint

9th February 2023

GMPF’s draft 2022 Annual Report includes a carbon footprint of its investments and a target to halve this by 2030. But don’t be fooled into thinking that GMPF is finally facing up to the climate emergency. GMPF has ignored new Government regulations that specify that pension funds must publish at least 3 carbon metrics, of which one must…

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Come to the GM Green Summit on Monday 17 October!

13th October 2022

Thank you for putting pressure on GMCA leaders! Big thanks to everyone who turned out to lobby the GM Councils’ Leaders and Mayor Andy Burnham outside their GMCA meeting in Trafford. Special thanks to the dinosaurs! Members of UNISON, climate action groups and pension fund members gathered with banners, leaflets and a megaphone to ask Greater Manchester…

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Lobby of GMCA – Get the Shell out of our Pensions

12th September 2022

Trafford Town Hall 9am – 10.30am Friday 30th September Latest! The GMCA meeting has been postponed by half an hour. Please stay until 10.30am so that the leaders hear from all of us. The leaders of all the Greater Manchester Councils will be meeting with the Mayor Andy Burnham at Trafford Town Hall, Talbot Rd, Old…

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We asked Andy and he listened!

30th March 2022

Fossil Free Greater Manchester, along with Extinction Rebellion and Unison, brought our campaign to the Mayor’s Question Time in Bolton Arena on  23 March. We were calling on the GM Mayor, Andy Burnham, to take a stance on the Greater Manchester Pension Fund’s huge holdings in fossil fuels. Andy Burnham came outside to talk to…

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Join us in Bolton 7pm Wednesday 23 March to wake up Andy!

21st March 2022

Demonstration in Bolton for Mayors question time. Every month, Andy Burnham answers questions from people in one of the 10 Greater Manchester boroughs. This month he’s going to Bolton and so are we. Please will you join us in Bolton on Wednesday evening to demonstrate outside the Mayor’s Question Time event? We will be outside the…

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Presenting the case for divestment to Bolton councillors

20th February 2022

Presenting the case for divestment to Bolton councillors On 10th February we attended Bolton council’s Corporate and External Issues Overview and Scrutiny Committee.  We were invited as a follow-up to discussions about the fate of the council’s earlier motion calling on Greater Manchester Pension Fund to divest from fossil fuels. Bolton is among the GM…

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