IRRI Nordic Cut – Best Contribution Overall

    Stockholm (NordSIP) – As we conclude our “Nordic Cut” series of the IRRI survey 2019, this week, we reveal which individuals made the most positive overall contribution to sustainable investment / corporate governance during 2018. Fortunately, we can announce the winners in three different lists: the Nordic winners, as chosen by Nordic voters, the Nordic winners, as selected by Global voters and the non-Nordic winners, as chosen by Nordic voters.

    And the Nordic winners (as chosen by Nordic voters) are…

    1 – Noora Viksten (MSCI)
    2 – Nadine Viel Lamare (AP1, TPI)
    3 = Charlotta Sydstrand (AP7)
    3 = Stina Nilsson (Sustainalytics)

    Noora Viksten, Vice President, ESG Research at MSCI Research was the first winner we announced at the beginning of our Nordic Cut series, as she was also the Nordic choice and global Nordic winner in the category Best Sales Person and Relationship Manager.




    Nadine Viel Lamare currently spends most of her time as Director for the Transition Pathways Initiative (TPI). She is also the co-founder and owner of Good 4 Business NVL AB, where she provides consulting for investors aiming to invest more sustainably. Before becoming an independent consultant at the end of 2018, Nadine worked for the Swedish state pension fund AP1 for 26 years. Nadine also reached the podium in third place in the category Best Sales Person and Relationship Manager.


    Charlotta Sydstrand, Corporate Governance and Sustainability Strategist at Swedish state pension fund AP7, has spent the last 20 years working in sustainability. Educated as an agronomist, Charlotta has worked as an SRI analyst for GES International (now Sustainalytics), Ethix (now ISS governance) and then Swedbank for more than eight years before joining AP7 in 2014. AP7 was the organisation the Nordic voters chose as the most sustainable Nordic asset owner, as revealed last week.



    Stina Nilsson, Senior Manager, Engagement, Sustainalytics has spent the last ten years working for engagement firm GES International, acquired last January by Sustainalytics. Stina has reached the second step on the podium in the category Best Analyst, as voted by both Nordic and global survey participants.




    And the Nordic winners (as chosen by Global voters) are…

    1 – Noora Viksten (MSCI)
    2 – Nadine Viel Lamare (TPI)
    3 – Sasja Beslik (Nordea)

    Sasja Beslik recently announced his departure from Nordea, where he spent the last ten years heading the bank’s sustainability efforts. “I have been working in this field since 2004 and am one of its pioneers. It has developed incredibly over the past three to four years. I think the next three, four years, will be even more focused on these issues. The financial sector is key to the transition to a sustainable future,” the outgoing Head of Group Sustainable Finance explained to the Swedish daily Dagens Industri (in Swedish).

    And the International (non-Nordic) winners (as chosen by Nordic voters) are…

    1 – Adam Matthews (Church of England Pension Board, TPI)
    2 – Charlotte Mansson (Sustainalytics)
    3 – Maximilian Horster (ISS)

    Adam Matthews, Co-Chair, Transition Pathway Initiative (TPI) and Director of Ethics & Engagement at the Church of England Pensions Board has reached the second spot in IRRI survey 2019 Global list for best overall contribution. The Church of England Pension Board also reached the second step as the most sustainable international (non-nordic) asset owner as voted by Nordic voters, just behind CalPERS.


    Charlotte Mansson, Director of Client Relations at Sustainalytics (previously GES International), has provided invaluable services to the Nordics and she also reached the first step of the podium as a non-Nordic salesperson as voted by Nordic voters.




    Maximilian Horster, Managing Director, Head of ISS-Climate since 2017 previously worked as managing partner at Climate Neutral Investments, a part of South Pole Group, a firm known for its carbon credit-issuing arm. Max developed the industry’s leading methodology to gauge and assess climate impacts on investment portfolios resulting in the world’s largest database of company-level climate change data.



    This category concludes our IRRI Survey 2019 Nordic Cut series. Find all the past results here:

    On June 21stBest Salesperson & Relationship manager
    On July 5thBest Asset Manager (firm)
    On July 12thBest 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 19thBest sell-side research firm
    On July 26th: 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 (this week): Best contribution overall & recap of the winners


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    Aline Reichenberg Gustafsson, CFA
    Aline Reichenberg Gustafsson, CFA
    Aline Reichenberg Gustafsson, CFA is Editor-in-Chief for NordSIP and Managing Director for Big Green Tree Media. She has 18 years of experience in the asset management industry in Stockholm, London and Geneva, including as a long/short equity hedge fund portfolio manager, and buy-side analyst, but also as CFO and COO in several asset management firms. Aline holds an MBA from Harvard Business School and a License in Economic Sciences from the University of Geneva.

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