Fund governance is the most important function we perform on behalf of your scheme members. Our Fund Governance Group is independent of our fund management functions and acts on behalf of the customer, with the aim of ensuring the funds we offer are appropriate for your members and perform as expected. 

Our Funds Promise

Aegon's Fund Governance Group has ultimate responsibility for ensuring that we meet our Funds Promise commitments to your members:

  • We aim to offer high quality funds which meet their stated objective.
  • We monitor funds to check if they are performing as expected.
  • We take action if funds don't meet expectations.
  • We give your members the information they need to make informed decisions.

Our Funds Promise applies to Aegon funds available to UK investors. These funds typically have a name starting with 'Aegon', 'WS Aegon' or 'Scottish Equitable'.

How our governance process works 

The Fund Governance Group is responsible for governing Aegon funds. To do this, they focus on five key areas:

Each fund has a mandate that sets out its aims and how it intends to meet them. The Fund Governance Group ratifies the mandate of any new fund to make sure it can be managed in line with expectations and is likely to deliver good customer outcomes. 

For non-insured funds, like our Risk-Managed Portfolios, it ensures compliance with MiFID II and PROD principles regarding target market, suitability, and transparency of reporting.

The Fund Governance Group uses a framework to deliver on our promises to customers and provide assurance to our stakeholders. The team operates processes and controls which identify whether funds are being invested as customers expect and highlights if they’re not delivering good customer outcomes. 

The Fund Governance Group uses a risk-based approach taking account of Aegon's strategic objectives as well as the requirements of our key stakeholders:

  • Customers
  • Regulators, and
  • Shareholders

Our funds are generally designed to be held for five years or more, so our fund governance focuses on long-term expectations. 

If a fund persistently fails to meet the agreed criteria, and we believe these reasons are systemic, the Fund Governance Group will recommend changes, including a potential replacement fund. 

We score all our fund managers based on their ability to meet our minimum expectations across five areas of responsible investment:   

Responsible investment category Minimum expectations
1. Governance Ensuring robust and adequately resourced governance is in place
2. Voting and engagement Driving active engagement and voting, informed by material sustainability issues
3. Climate change Supporting our climate ambition and net zero commitment
4. Industry advocacy Using their voice to drive systemic sustainable changes in the economy
5. Diversity an inclusion Improving representation for better decision making

Our Responsible investment framework gives more detail on our expectations of fund managers.  

Changes to funds or managers can be made for a variety of reasons, not just performance. Our guiding principle is to make sure that any changes help us meet our Funds Promise commitment to investors.

Our Fund Governance Group may recommend changes if monitoring suggests these would improve customer outcomes for the solutions we've created, such as our default options or multi-asset solutions. For example, this could mean updating the asset mix held within funds or making changes to the funds that make up a portfolio.

The Fund Governance Group may also make changes to fund ranges, like the One Retirement fund range. These decisions consider the specific objectives of the range, so a fund could be removed from one range and retained in another.

The Fund Governance Group will also assess the materiality of any changes, and whether communications are required to those affected.

This may mean writing directly to scheme members, or for smaller changes we may post updates on our website.

There's no guarantee the funds will meet their objectives.  The value of an investment can fall as well as rise and isn't guaranteed. The final value of a member's pension pot when they come to take benefits may be less than has been paid in.