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As the temperature increases outside, people are busy moving about in the SRI and ESG space! Whoever thought that recruiters took a break during the pandemic?

This week, Ulrika Hasselgren, Global Head of Sustainability and Impact Investment at Danske Bank announced her resignation. We had a chance to listen to her thoughts about her two intensive years at the bank and check what she will be up to next.

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We also caught up with Per Haagensen, previously at impact investment boutique responsAbility, who is now joining Mercer to help develop their sustainability offering in Norway. Meanwhile, Eurosif’s quest for a new Executive Director came to an end with the appointment of Victor van Hoorn, previously Head of Financial Services at Belgian communication firm Hume Brophy.

Elsewhere, DWS has appointed Desiree Fixler as its first Group Sustainability Officer and we found out where Jessica Ground landed after the announcement last week that she was being replaced by Andy Howard at Schroders.

Also in the news this week, 29 investors including Sweden’s AP2 and AP4 National Pension Funds, AP Pension, Handelsbanken, Nordea Asset Management, SEB Investment Management, Sparebank 1 Forsikring and Storebrand Asset Management co-signed a letter to Brazilian embassies across the world to start a dialogue on deforestation. At the same time, a number of stakeholders including SchrodersBNP Paribas Asset Management, Candriam, ShareAction and the WWF have decided to join forces to enhance their interactions with the EU institutions and published a joint statement in support of seven recommendations for the upcoming Non-Financial Reporting Directive (NFRD).

At last, the European Parliament also concluded the legislative process on the EU’s Taxonomy on green investments. “The taxonomy for sustainable investment is probably the most important development for finance since accounting. It will be a game-changer in the fight against climate change”, said Sirpa Pietikainen lead negotiator for the Environment Committee.

For those who seek inspiration on how to get onto the net-zero emissions path, you may now watch the replay of an insightful webinar with Nordea Life & Pensions’ Peter Sandahl and Schroders’s Andy Howard.

 

Photo by Mar Cerdeira on Unsplash

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The coronavirus epidemic has further accelerated the rise of ESG into the investment mainstream. As deficits skyrocket, bond investors have an opportunity to engage with governments on climate change, argues Thomas Dillon, Senior Macro ESG Analyst at Aviva Investors.

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