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Just in time to kick off the Nordic summer, here comes our new edition of NordSIP insights: an updated handbook on how to invest along the 17 Sustainable Development Goals. In this edition, you will enjoy an update on the Danish SDG fund in an interview of the IFU‘s CEO Torben Huss. AP1‘s Magdalena Håkansson also explains how the SDGs can be used by an asset owner from two different perspectives. Independent advisor Irene Mastelli proposes a useful overview of how to conduct due diligence in the context of impact managers.
Don’t miss the other insightful contributions from American Century Investments, BNY Mellon, Franklin Templeton, Schroders, T. Rowe Price and Wellington Management.

In the news this week, the Swedish National Debt Office (Riksgälden) updated details on its upcoming green bond, an issue expected in August for an estimated value of about SEK20 billion. In parallel, the central bank of Denmark is considering, together with the Ministry of Finance, the issuance of a Danish green sovereign bond.

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Meanwhile, Swesif, Sweden’s Forum for Sustainable and Responsible Investment announced the composition of its new board to help fulfil its increasingly busy agenda, following the AGM on May 29.

Elsewhere, Eaton Vance Management announced the launch of the Calvert ESG Leaders Strategies, a new series of equity separate account strategies for institutional and professional investors. Lyxor Asset Management announced that its green bond ETF has surpassed €300 million in AUM, becoming the most significant green bond ETF by that metric. The London School of Economics’ Grantham Research Institute on Climate Change and the Environment (GRI) and Candriam, announced a new partnership to advance socially inclusive climate investments.

Last but not least, don’t forget to book time for an exciting webinar next week! Our very own Aline Reichenberg Gustafsson will discuss the progress made by both the Net Zero Alliance and the Schroders Climate Dashboard with Nordea‘s Peter Sandahl and SchrodersAndy Howard. One of the crucial questions will be to find out more about the debate between exclusions and active ownership.

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