News & Insights

A collection of whitepapers, blogs, articles, & more, created by our Founder and the wider Coller Foundation team. 

Press Releases

Global Responsible Investment Leader Takes Role Advising FAIRR and Coller Pensions Institute

The Jeremy Coller Foundation, a strategic grant-making organisation, today announced the appointment of Fiona Reynolds, former CEO of the UN-supported Principles for Responsible Investment (PRI) to an advisory role as President of the FAIRR initiative and the recently launched Coller Pensions Institute. Fiona will start with immediate effect.

White papers

Coller Pensions Institute Whitepaper: Kickstarting a Pension System Through Privatisation

In this paper, we present a solution-oriented idea to combine the building of a resilient pension system and the privatization of state assets: privatization through pension funds. Many countries face the challenge of establishing or developing retirement systems while seeking to professionalize the management of state assets. Under the right conditions, privatization through pension funds can contribute to both outcomes and should be considered by policymakers. The key difference to the traditional privatization of state assets is that this idea would keep ownership of the asset with the population and spread the profit among a country’s population in the form of future retirement income. Privatization through pension funds, therefore, constitutes a form of democratization of a nation’s wealth.

Coller Pensions Institute: Kickstarting a Pension System through International and Domestic Donors

The white paper addresses a pressing issue in Palestine where more than 50% of total employment is within the informal sector, leaving this population without coverage from any pension scheme. Furthermore, existing policies to enhance pension provision do not include these informal sector workers. The proposed pilot initiative focuses on implementing a voluntary Defined Contribution (DC) pension scheme specifically tailored for the informal sector. Notably, the plan incorporates financial incentives aimed at encouraging participation among informal workers. An innovative aspect of the proposal involves financing these incentives through international aid, bypassing reliance on government intermediaries. Additionally, the pension scheme is managed by an independent institution, ensuring the highest standards of transparency and autonomy from government control. This approach aims to address the unique challenges of pension coverage in the informal sector and establish a model that can be sustained through international support.

An Ever-Green Revolution: Why Ending Factory Farming Holds The Key To Feeding Humanity

In this paper, we consider the long-term consequences of the Green Revolution, which was set in motion after World War II to address issues around resource scarcity and hunger. We accept the Green Revolution began with the best intentions and initially achieved its objectives, but we argue that its unforeseen negative impacts have been substantial. The long-term consequences have included the crucial role of enhanced crop yields in fuelling factory farming’s rise amid unhealthy higher global demand for meat and dairy products. The now-dominant factory farming sector is today directly linked to climate change, highly resistant pathogens and other existential threats facing the planet and its inhabitants.

Speeches

Time Travel to a Meaningful Life: A note from our Founder

Alfred Nobel, explosives manufacturer, created the famous peace prize after reading his obituary, mistakenly published following the death of his brother. Jeremy Coller’s friend who was aware of Nobel’s story decided to write two versions of Jeremy’s own obituary. He had a lightbulb moment to focus on environmental, social, and governance (ESG) issues and factory farming – switching from being a bystander to an upstander.

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