Stockholm (NordSIP) – Swesif, Sweden’s Forum for Sustainable and Responsible Investment, held its annual general meeting on May 29. The meeting voted for new members of the Board and a new chairperson.
Swesif is an independent, non-profit association and forum for organisations whose work relates to sustainable investments in Sweden. Its mission is to disseminate information on sustainable investments, contribute to the development of new knowledge in this field and provide a meeting place for its members. Swesif has over 110 members from various parts of the financial market, including asset owners, asset managers, service providers, research organisations and interest groups.
The Board consists of eleven members with overall expertise in sustainability analysis, management, product and market, as well as research. Susanne Bolin Gärtner, Head of Manager and Fund Selection at Danske Bank, will succeeded Anita Lindberg (Skandia) as chair of Swesif.
“My seven years on the board – three of which as chairman – were a rewarding journey both for Swesif and on a personal level,” said Anita Lindberg, outgoing chair in a press release (in Swedish). “Thank you for the trust and thanks to all the board members over the years for a fun, developing and important collaboration. Congratulations to the new strong Board of Directors for your work with knowledge, collaboration and perspectives for the future of sustainable investments. It will be especially interesting to have additional inputs from the sell-side and the research world!”
“I look forward to continuing to jointly develop Swesif, in a new environment during and after the COVID-19 pandemic,” Bolin Gärtner said. “I am sure that we will continue to be an important platform for the exchange of knowledge and experience in sustainable investment. A big thank you for your trust in electing me as the new Chairman of the Board.”
Charlotta Dawidowski Sydstrand, from the Seventh AP Fund, Rebecka Elkert (SEB) Emma Henningsson (Sustainalytics), Lingyi Lu (Söderberg & Partners), Tobias Lindbergh (Handelsbanken), Anna Strömberg (Catella Fondförvaltning AB) and Robert Vicsai (SEB), remain Board members for another year. The Board welcomed new members Eva Axelsson (Swedbank Robur), Julian Beer (SEB) and Åsa Moberg (Mistra). They replaced outgoing board members Anita Lindberg, Peter Lööw (Alecta) and Cecilia Repinski (Green Wallet) were thanked for their efforts.
According to Swesif, 2019 was a productive year. Among other projects, the Forum focused on continuing the management of Hållbarhetsprofilen, an online standardised information tool that shows sustainability features of the funds that participate in the program. During the year, Swesif also pursued two different research projects on long-term investment analysis and corporate governance.
Moreover, the forum initiated two new projects, one on water issues and the other on ESG within fixed income. In 2019, it was Swesif’s turn to host the annual conference uniting all the Nordic Sustainable Investment Forums. The event was held in Stockholm and generated a high level of interest in the investment community.
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