ESG Integration

    This weekend, you can enjoy yet another distraction from your new not-so-normal normality, wherever you are. Just flip through this brand new Case Book and find out how ESG integration in practice can change industries while generating outstanding risk-adjusted returns. In this edition read about Active Management, from Per Künow and Vishal Hindocha at MFS Investment Management, Pandemic Economics, from Carlo M. Funk at State Street Global Advisors, Salmon Farming, from Ann Kristin Brautaset and Annie Bersagel at Folketrygdfondet, BLP plc, from Sora Utzinger at Aviva Investors, Leaseplan, from Saida Eggerstedt at Schroders, Renewable Diesel, from Guillaume Mascotto at American Century Investments, Real Assets, from Jenny Gustafsson at AMF Insurance, Renewable Energy, from Carlo M. Funk at State Street Global Advisors and Kingsmill Bond at Carbon Tracker, and Fossil-free Heating from Hanna Kaskela, Matti Lindfors and Johanna Haikala at Varma.

    Following two previous forays into the consequences of the pandemic on the environmental and social aspects of ESG, we conclude our COVID-19 ESG series with a review of reactions on the governance front.

    In the news, we noted that the Council of the European Union formally adopted a Regulation establishing a framework to facilitate sustainable investment – the EU Sustainability Taxonomy (EUST). Meanwhile, the PRI highlights a number of hurdles to ESG integration for passive strategies.

    On the fixed income side, we also noticed yet another COVID-19 issue; this one by the IBRD. The EIB on the other hand issued the first NOK-denominated Climate Awareness Bond (CAB), in line with the new EU Sustainability Taxonomy.

    Last but not least, the Foresight Group closed a syndicated co-investment deal for the greenfield 231MW Skaftåsen onshore wind project in Sweden with co-investments from the BAE Systems Pension Funds Investment Management Ltd, Polhem Infra, Norway’s KLP pension fund, and funds managed or advised by Arcano Partners.

    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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