While the COVID19-led market crash in March sparked hope among the sustainable investment crowd, that finally, ESG analysis had proved itself a valuable risk-mitigating tool, the benefits during a rebound period are still to be seen.
In this new edition of NordSIP Insights – Handbook we have asked experts to share their wisdom on their experience these past few months, but also on the way they are positioning themselves to promote a more sustainable investment environment going forward. VER, PensionDanmark, the UN PRI, Aviva Investors, UBS ETF and Wellington Management all contribute with a valuable perspective and hands-on expertise.
This week, in Denmark, AkademikerPension (previously MP Pension) has taken exclusions to the next level and announced the exclusion of China from its investment universe.
On Thursday, Ålandsbanken announced its Global Aktie equity fund had been awarded the Nordic Swan Ecolabel. The certification of the equity fund follows in the footsteps of Ålandsbanken Green Bond ESG, which was also awarded the Nordic Swan Ecolabel in the Autumn of 2019.
The world of sustainable bonds continued strongly this week, with Swedish property owner Kungsleden issuing a new 6-year SEK700 million green bond and no other than luxury brand Chanel, launching a €600 million dual-tranche sustainability-linked bond. Meanwhile, PIMCO announced the launch of the PIMCO GIS Climate Bond Fund dedicated to combating climate change through both labelled and unlabeled green bonds.
As Swesif, the Swedish Sustainable Investment Forum, held a well-attended webinar exclusively for its members on the EU Taxonomy this week, illustrating how much interest the investment community shows for this complex topic, we highlight an in-depth case study report by the UN PRI published at the beginning of September.
“As responsible capitalists, we believe that by investing in companies which operate with high standards of sustainability we can protect and enhance investment returns for all of our clients,” Axel Norlund, Head of Sales, Nordics, Fidelity International told us, commenting about the new hiring of no less than two new team members this week. Congratulations!