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Cornwall Pension Fund - Divestment Campaigner's Toolkit

Here are some useful tools to support the pension fund divestment campaign aimed at your Local Government Pension Scheme.
If you want to join together with the existing divestment campaign group please contact: Sheelagh Goldsmith sheelahgoldsmith@gmail.com or Karen La Borde karenlaborde@aol.com
To contact or join South West Action on Pensions, email Caz Dennett: de-net@hotmail.co.uk

Sign the Pension Fund Divestment Petition

Cornwall Pension Fund is administered by Cornwall Council. Click on the image to access the Divest Kernow petition.

Engage with the Pension Fund Committee

Send in questions: Contact Cornwall Council and ask them about public participation in Committee meetings:
Write to the Committee Chair: Cllr. Jayne Kirkham
Email: cllr.jayne.kirkham@cornwall.gov.uk
Post: 3 Bay View Crescent, Falmouth TR11 4LR
Tell them you are unhappy with continued fossil fuel investment and why
Copy your email or letter to Brunel Pension Partnership:
faith.ward@brunelpp.org Chief Responsible Investment Officer,
Post: Brunel Pension Partnership, 101 Victoria Street, Bristol, BS1 6PU

Contact the Pension Fund Helpline (Fund members only)

Online contact form here: https://www.cornwall.gov.uk/the-council-and-democracy/contacting-the-council/contact-us-online/contact-cornwall-pension-fund/

Investments enquiries: pensioninvestments@cornwall.gov.uk, 01872 323475

Benefits and general enquiries: pensions@cornwall.gov.uk, 01872 322322 (select option 2)

Explain you understand the pension fund has investments in fossil fuels and other carbon intensive companies.

Tell them you wish to make a formal complaint as e.g. this is morally, ethically and financially irresponsible, because they are using your money to funding climate change, when they should be investing in a safe green future.

Make your complaint statement personal reflecting your own situation and concerns, in your own words.

Grab the UK Divest Guide to Engaging Councillors

Protecting our Pensions and the Planet is a briefing for Councillors and outlines what fossil fuel divestment is, how divestment safeguards pensions and our communities, and why now is the time for them and us to act!

Pass a Union Branch Motion to Support Divestment

If you belong to a trade union and want to demonstrate support for the divest fossil fuels / invest in climate-friendly pensions campaign, you can ask your union branch to debate and support a motion. Then promote this motion amongst your members, and call them to action. Here are a couple of examples:

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