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The P&I WorldPensionSummit Excellence & Innovation awards are evolving: Not only are we honouring innovative ideas, but are also recognising organisations that are excelling in terms of their strategy, execution or delivery. Pensions & Investments wants to highlight and celebrate the pension funds/plan sponsors that are leading the charge, and these awards aim to inspire organisations and honour them for their creative thinking and solutions.

Honouring excellence
What innovation means for one organisation may be considered as standardised for another. Innovations also differ regionally, with less developed pension systems, for example, needing different forms of innovation vs. more mature systems. It is important to recognise and honour these differences, so we can further learn from them, be inspired and encourage future developments. 

We believe our industry and the people that work in it have a constant drive to do good, do the right thing, to rethink and to recallibrate in changing circumstances and changing worlds, in order to ensure a dignified retirement for all people in this world. Difficult times require out-of-the-box thinking and can inspire organisations to become creative solution finders. The urge to make a change and tireless efforts to improve, creates outperformers that lead by example in our industry — organisations and thinkers that can inspire others and help boost reform and outcomes around the globe.

We are therefore recognising and rewarding pension funds/plan sponsors that are using excellence or innovation to drive their pensions forward through innovative investment, new plan design, excellent technology and participant communication or any way that may help to drive successful outcomes for plan participants. Past winners were selected for their cutting-edge ideas and projects. 

The awards recognise innovation as a team effort, so we are rewarding the organisation (read: pension fund), not the individual. We allow pension funds to be nominated by their own employees or by an external organisation: Help your peers by sharing your own innovation and receive recognition for your ingenuity!

Entries are accepted from organisations from around the world. The winners and runners-up will be announced and recognised at the Pensions & Investments WorldPensionSummmit during the Excellence & Innovation Awards Ceremony, to be held on 7 November 2024. Stay informed and sign up for the P&I WorldPensionSummit newsletter: SIGN UP

Criteria for Excellence & Innovation Award nomination:

  • Only pension funds/plan sponsors (we are honouring organisations) can be nominated for an Award.
  • We encourage nominations by external organisations for pension funds that have excelled and/or innovated. In that case the pension plan is the nominee and the submitter will be acknowledged as external champion, if applicable.
  • We encourage nominations from around the globe
  • There is no fee to enter. 
  • Approved nominations are expected to join the Excellence & Innovation Awards ceremony on November 7th (1 free delegate pass is provided per organisation)

Your nominee benefits include:

  • A global platform for sharing your ideas and successes and recognition for your hard work as a pension fund professional
  • Approved nominations are provided with 1 complimentary delegate pass (1 per organisation)
  • Corporate pension funds are invited to apply for a complimentary delegate pass (send an email to mguldemond@pionline.com)
  • Recognition via our online Pensions & Investments platforms
  • Recognition in the P&I WorldPensionSummit Excellence & Innovation Awards booklet
  • Logo listing as a nominee during the awards ceremony
  • Winners and runners-up take home a beautiful handmade glass award
  • Winners and runners-up are chosen by an expert jury and recognized and announced at our awards ceremony on November 7th


The WorldPensionSummit 2024
The Pensions & Investments WorldPensionSummit has been developed for and by pension professionals to offer a truly global learning and networking experience. Our summit provides a platform for attendees from all around the world to discuss innovative ideas and strategies, tackle the challenges around the future of retirement and get fresh perspectives from thought leaders on achieving sustainable pension provision. The P&I WorldPensionSummit is scheduled for 5-7 November 2024
For more details and to register go to www.pionline.com/wps2024.

Empowering People and Pensions | Decision-making in a changing world
To empower is to give a person or entity the authority, confidence and strength to do something: Be it taking control of a part of their life, speaking up and claiming what’s rightfully theirs, or being brave enough to make difficult changes or decisions. The retirement industry is operating in a changing world. AI has moved from buzzword to vernacular. We’ve seen the biggest political year in history, with dozens of countries asking their citizens to vote on reforms and leadership. Regulation is stepping up, bringing about brand new pension systems, new rules to invest by, and the chance to do things differently when it comes to member communication and engagement. And rates and inflation remain top of mind, with another year of central bank policy pushing pension funds to think outside the box and come up with new and innovative ways of managing uncertainty — while also ensuring they do not miss out on opportunities.

So what does it mean for retirement plans across the globe? It means there’s a chance for you, as the stewards of trillions of dollars in assets, to empower yourselves with the information, tools and — ultimately — the confidence to make decisions that will drive innovation and successful outcomes. Making real connections and building strong relationships is what will help build a world in which people can feel safe and secure.

We look forward to you joining us in November!