Despite the temptation of pranking our readers on April 1st, we opted to stay on the side of the truth, the whole truth and nothing but the truth. SEB stole the limelight this week, with SEB Life & Pension investing in Norrsken Venture Capital Fund 1, which focuses on supporting entrepreneurs and companies whose main purpose is to find successful solutions to sustainability challenges. Meanwhile, SEB IM announced several sustainability-related changes to its funds, including new exclusions for all funds as well as new models.
Also in the Nordics, Skandia lapped up a new SEK social bond issue conducted under the Inter-American Development Bank’s Education, Youth, and Employment (“EYE”) program, purchasing the vast majority of the SEK 1.1 billion transaction.
Following up on the ever thrilling topic of SFDR, the Platform on Sustainable Finance published its Transition Finance Report. The report sought to answer six questions from the European Commission about the role of the taxonomy in facilitating the transition required by the EU’s ongoing climate change mitigation efforts. Meanwhile, UBS Asset Management launched its first Climate Aware ETF, addressing the strong demand for products qualifying for Article-9 classification under SFDR.
This week, we also took the time to catch up with Kristina Ilar who just joined BNP Paribas AM‘s Stockholm office. “I was impressed with the way in which BNP Paribas Asset Management began its transformation towards being a sustainable asset manager early on,” she told us.
Last but not least, to respond to the increasing demand for ESG training, CFA Society Sweden, the local society of investment professionals announced that it will market the Certificate in ESG Investing, a curriculum originally developed by the UK Society, in Sweden.
Finally, in this week’s Snap, Julia argues for a reinterpretation of pagan symbols… to celebrate sustainability. Why not?
Happy egg hunt!
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