PRI Lists Most Responsible Asset Owners

    Stockholm (NordSIP) – The PRI established a list of signatories that demonstrate “both a breadth of responsible investment excellence and that excel specifically in this year’s theme: selection, appointment and monitoring of external managers.” The PRI Leaders Group 2019 only includes asset owner signatories which use external managers and have listed equity or private equity in their externally managed assets.

    “Our evaluation focused specifically on listed equity and private equity, as these are the asset classes where we have the most developed work on identifying good industry practice and are most able to support signatories,” the PRI explains.

    The group of leading signatories is roughly equivalent to 10% of all asset owner signatories. Development finance institutions are the most starkly well-represented group: 60% of all DFI signatories for whom this year’s theme is applicable make it into the Leaders’ Group. State-controlled funds also do well, and insurance companies fare better than average. Non-corporate pension funds do nearly twice as well as corporate pension funds.

    Eight Nordic asset owners made it onto the list, of which five are Swedish, one is Norwegian and two are Finnish.

    (in alphabetical order)
    Church of Sweden
    Church Pension Fund (of Finland)
    Storebrand ASA
    Swedfund International AB
    Varma Mutual Pension Insurance Company

    The rest of the list can be found here.

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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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