IRRI Nordic Cut – Best Asset Owner


Stockholm (NordSIP) – In this week’s unveiling of the IRRI survey 2019‘s “Nordic Cut” come the results for the Best Asset Owner. Given the large number of organisation and the popularity of this category we are able to provide three different results: the best Nordic Asset Owner designated by global voters, the best Nordic Asset Owner designated by Nordic voters and finally, the best International (non-Nordic) Asset Owner designated by Nordic voters.

From our earlier sneak peek of the IRRI 2019 results, you may already know that the Best Nordic Asset Owner, as designated by Global voters are…

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1 – the Government Pension Fund Global (Norway)
2 – AP2
3 – AP7

We took a closer look at the winner, which assets are managed by Norges Bank Investment Management (NBIM), to understand what sustainability guidelines the assets of the Sovereign Wealth Fund often called the Norwegian Oil fund follow. Marthe Skaar, representing NBIM also shared some key insights into the priorities of the organisation in terms of sustainability.

Now for the real “Nordic Cut”, the Best Nordic Asset Owners designated by Nordic voters are…

1 – AP7
2 – AP2
3 – Ilmarinen Mutual Pension Insurance Company

As the Nordics’ vote wasn’t entirely aligned with the global vote, we also took a closer look at AP7 and looked at this Swedish pension fund’s approach in the past year. Johan Florén, head of Corporate Governance for AP7 answered our questions.

Finally, in the “Nordic Cut”, the Best International (non-Nordic) Asset Owners designated by Nordic voters are…

1 – CalPERS
2 – Church of England
3 – Allianz (Insurance Funds)

You can find all the global rankings on SRI-Connect of course, but for the rest of the Nordic Cut, you’ll have to watch out over the next few weeks, as we will continue to unveil a new category every week.

Don’t miss the next instalments and catch up on the past announcements:

On June 21st: Best Salesperson & Relationship manager
On July 5th: Best Asset Manager (firm)
On July 12th: Best individual analyst for sustainable and responsible investment research, Best provider of engagement support, Best index & benchmark provider and Best provider of impact measurement services
On July 19th: Best sell-side research firm
On July 26th (this week): Best asset owner
On August 2nd: Quoted company best at managing and communicating the material sustainability corporate governance issues facing their business & Companies investors are most likely to get in touch with next year
On August 9th: Best contribution overall & recap of the winners


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