Back to Sweden and Ready to Engage

    Stockholm (NordSIP) – Recently, Sustainalytics’s Stockholm office has grown to include several new recruits. One of the latest to join the team is Madinda Wilhelmsson Shaw who joined as a Senior Associate, Client Advisory, in January.

    After ten years’ studying and working in London, Wilhelmsson Shaw decided to move to Stockholm at the end of 2019. Her most recent position was Responsible Investment Coordinator at AXA Investment Managers’ Responsible Investment team, where she managed ESG policy-transition projects, climate reporting and RI governance processes, among other things. Before that, Madinda worked with the financial media company Last Word Media, aimed at professional fund buyers, which frequently brought her to the Nordic markets. “This is how I came into contact with responsible investing and developed a strong interest in ESG. I championed ESG content and events for several years before I moved on,” says Wilhelmsson Shaw.

    “London is and will always remain an exciting city, but after ten years I felt it was time for something new,” she continues. “Perhaps Brexit acted as a catalyst. I am excited about being back in Sweden and even more so to begin my journey with Sustainalytics. It is a company I have followed for many years and had the opportunity to collaborate with on a few occasions. It is a privilege to have joined a mission-based company, actively working towards more sustainable financial markets. Now I am very curious to start client conversations and hear about their perspectives, including the ESG research and reporting needs in the Nordic market. Building those partnerships is what I look forward to the most.”

    “Investors are becoming more sophisticated in their use of ESG information,” observes Wilhelmsson Shaw. “They are increasingly moving beyond norm-based screenings and looking at how to integrate ESG information in the investment process further. It is an exciting development, and I find it particularly interesting to see how investors integrate materiality with the use of our innovative ESG Rating Rating.”

    For Wilhemsson Shaw, service providers need to offer investment-focused services which can be used in a variety of ways beyond ESG integration, supporting best-in-class investing and active ownership. “Following Sustinalytics’ acquisition of GES last year we are now uniquely positioned as a one-stop-shop,” she says. “An example of how the two providers have combined their strengths will be reflected in the upcoming launch of new exciting engagement services in the coming months. It will be an excellent way for the industry to support laggards in shifting to more sustainable practices.”

    “We see a trend in the market of moving from a reactive to a more proactive approach to ESG. For 2020 I look forward to seeing Nordic market developments around impact reporting and new engagement areas, and how we can continue to service the market,” Wilhelmsson Shaw concludes.


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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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