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    Swedish Controversies

    This week, we decided to take a closer look at fashion giant H&M and the consequences of the pandemic on its value chain, from a social perspective. Meanwhile, our columnist wonders how centenary trees can be felled by mistake on a pretty lakeside in Sweden.

    Green bonds are in the limelight, as we publish our green bond review for 2020 with insights from Danske Bank‘s Lars Mac Key. The European Commission issued a social bond conducted under the auspices of the SURE programme, the the first of its kind in 2021. The government of Hong Kong also issued a green bond, a transaction awash with investor demand. However, given Hong Kong’s recent political troubles the true price of this investment may be non-financial.

    On Wednesday, the jury started working on selecting the finalists for Länsförsäkringar‘s “Sustainable fund performance of the year” competition.The purpose of the initiative is to help highlight the best sustainability-related initiatives across individual funds with concrete sustainability examples. “Honored to be part of the jury for the second time! I can’t wait to get started with our work. Truly impressed to see asset managers’ engagement in submitting their sustainability progress in this competition,” said NordSIP’s own Aline Reichenberg Gustafsson.

    Motivated by continued sustainability concerns within the investment industry, the International Financial Reporting Standards (IFRS) Foundation launched a consultation on the matter of sustainability reporting in September 2020.

    Also this week, we found out that Rockefeller Asset Management launched a UCITS versionof the Rockefeller Climate Solutions Fund, making it available to Nordic investors. Elsewhere, ABN AMRO appointed EOS at Federated Hermes to support engagement services across its private banking equity and fixed income assets.

     

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    Aline Reichenberg Gustafsson, CFA
    Aline Reichenberg Gustafsson, CFA is Editor-in-Chief for NordSIP and Managing Director for Big Green Tree Media. She has 18 years of experience in the asset management industry in Stockholm, London and Geneva, including as a long/short equity hedge fund portfolio manager, and buy-side analyst, but also as CFO and COO in several asset management firms. Aline holds an MBA from Harvard Business School and a License in Economic Sciences from the University of Geneva.

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