This week, we caught up with Anna-Stina Wiklund, recently appointed Head of Sustainable Investing at Ålandsbanken, just a few days after she successfully completed her fifth IronMan race. She told us about her priorities in this new mission, as she returns to her homeland.
Another mover, former CEO and founder of Beyond Ratings, Rodolphe Bocquet has decided to join Qontigo, the organisation behind the Stoxx indices, owned by Deutsche Börse. He will become the firm’s first Global Head of ESG, starting on September 22, 2020.
Following recent green bond issuances by the government of Sweden, the European Investment Bank (EIB), Bonava and Arwidsro, Stockholm Exergi came to the market on September 10th, with a SEK2 billion triple tranche green bond.
Also this week, UBS Asset Management unveiled its Climate Aware suite of strategies which UBS hopes will more clients align their investment and environmental goals, in line with the commitment the bank made at the 2020 AGM of the World Economic Forum.
Elsewhere, an illustration of the mounting pressure companies will face when internal ESG checks and balances fail, Rio Tinto announced that its CEO, Jean-Sébastien Dominique Francois Jacques would step down following the destruction of the Juukan Gorge Cave site in the Pilbara region of Western Australia in May.
Meanwhile, on September 16th, Refinitiv announced the Top 100 most diverse and inclusive global organisations for 2020 according to its Diversity & Inclusion Index. Interestingly, the top 10 includes no less than three financial institutions: BlackRock, Royal Bank of Canada and Bank of Nova Scotia.
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