Whether confined or not, dear reader, here is not one, but two (!) great opportunities to express your opinion this week. Länsförsäkringar organised a contest for funds available to their customer as part of the insurance platform’s offering. The idea is to reward the funds that have shown the best concrete action in the context of sustainable investing. A jury, which included yours truly (yes, me!) selected the finalists and their videos are now available to watch and the vote is opened to any individual. The votes end this weekend, Sunday, April 12.
Another initiative launched this week by two sustainability consultants, SRI-Connect and Hindsight Consultancy may take a little longer to contribute to but may potentially yield a higher reward. Filling an online survey to help the European Commission to assess sustainable investment data, ratings and investment research may enable the two research firms to donate €20,000 and help fight the COVID-19 epidemic.
While uncertainties related to the pandemic remain, we found that there is much that asset managers and asset owners can do to contribute to remediating its effects. In this week’s feature, we talked to Triodos IM‘s Hans Stegeman and Franklin Real Asset Advisors‘s Raymond Jacobs to examine the social effects of COVID-19. We also took a closer look at no less than three COVID-19 bonds: NIB‘s second issue, AfDB‘s issue which appealed to Skandia and Länsförsäkringar, two institutions which were reportedly also interested in the third bond, issued by the EIB.
We also noted the annual report of the Nordic Engagement Cooperation (NEC) which mentions that awareness of improved reporting on climate change is on the rise, particularly with regards to the TCFD‘s reporting framework. Meanwhile, the European Fund and Asset Management Association reacted to the consultation opened by the European Commission on the renewed sustainable finance strategy, earlier this week.