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With the traditional Midsommar break tomorrow, this week has been short but oh so busy at NordSIP! As social distancing continues, we also caught up remotely with American Century Investments‘ Emerging Markets manager Patricia Ribeiro, who had previously planned to visit the Nordics at the beginning of June. Patricia is also the author of an interesting article on SDGs and Emerging Markets which is part of our latest NordSIP Insights Handbook – 17 Shades Faster.

On Tuesday, we joined Andy Howard, Head of Sustainable Research at Schroders, and Peter Sandahl, Head of Sustainability at Nordea Life & Pensions, to discuss the goals of the Net Zero Asset Owners Alliance and the challenges ahead. The replay will be available shortly. Almost simultaneously, Schroders announced Andy’s promotion to the position of Global Head of Sustainable Investment, taking on the leadership of the Sustainable Investment team.

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Alecta will exclude investments in commercial gambling and tobacco. The company will also clarify its view about the role of human rights in its investment decisions. The two new exclusions join a list that already included coal and weapons. Also this week, IHS Markit announce that the iTraxx MSCI ESG Screened Europe Index will be available for trading.

Wishing you a safe dance around the pole and happy reading!

 

 

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