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Barnett Waddingham
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A solid governance framework ensures that both employers and trustees can demonstrate that members' interests are always at the heart of everything they do.

Whatever the structure of a defined contribution (DC) plan - contract or trust based - this should not affect the result for the members and all members should receive the best outcomes possible.

The legal framework should not be seen as a tick box exercise to purely fulfil the basic governance duties; instead employers and trustees should focus on what really matters when helping employees with their long-term savings.  We describe our approach as 'Comply Plus'.

Setting governance objectives

It is important to understand from the outset the budget that has been set for establishing the governance framework and monitor this on an ongoing basis.  A strategy can then be developed that offers employers and members the best return for their investment.

The key to great governance

Best practice requires foresight; analysing the cohorts of members that exist within the company and the DC scheme to understand likely future issues and concerns.  

We view DC in three parts:

  • growth (building the pot of money)
  • shaping (helping members make decisions as they get closer to retirement)
  • access (using the pot of money)

Growth is often the key focus for governance committees but we argue that shaping and access is where the member outcomes can be impacted most.  GEM is our analytical tool that allows us to look at your workforce and segment it based on factors such as age, affluence, gender, job role and location.  The results help us to shape governance in areas such as investment and engagement strategies.

Helping to deliver good governance

Our role is a trusted, professional adviser that sits within a governance committee.  We bring our knowledge, experience and market expertise to help deliver the committee's objectives:

  • investment framework and monitoring
  • market developments and training
  • engagement and communication
  • value for money and administration

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  • Jan 25 2019
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    Location: http://bit.ly/evolving-DC-governance

  • Dec 19 2018
    DC infrastructure: the Mitchells & Butlers case study

    We examine the pension scheme journey of Mitchells & Butlers, one of the largest operators of restaurants, pubs and bars in the UK. Both company and trustees worked together to deliver a market-leading DC scheme with better outcomes for members at its core.

    Location: http://bit.ly/DCinfrastructure

  • Nov 30 2018
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