Stockholm (NordSIP) – At the start of May, Henrika Skott was appointed Senior Marketing Manager at Fidelity International. She joins from Brummer & Partners where she worked in various roles for 9 years, most recently with the Investor relations team.
“It feels great to join Fidelity at this point in my career and use my experience to strengthen the Nordic team by taking an active role in furthering Fidelity’s growth in the Nordics,” Skott tells NordSIP. “Fidelity is constantly driving innovation and strives to be a ‘Thought Leader’ in the asset management industry.”
Sustainability and Asian Footprint
Discussing Fidelity’s competitive advantage in sustainable investments, Skott notes the asset manager’s presence in Asia and its global reach.
“Fidelity is well-positioned in the sustainable investment space, our global reach and analyst capacity play an important role to engage with the companies we invest in. We are also unique in that our Global Head of Sustainability is based in Singapore. Whereas many of our peers still lead the sustainable team from European cities like London, we have a deep footprint in Asia and it feels great to be part of the future development of Sustainability in Asia and the rest of the globe.”
In a market where greenwashing concerns are mounting, having a local footprint and in-depth expertise in local environmental and social dynamics is a strong advantage. Having a strong presence in Asia, Fidelity International has been able to leverage its network of highly specialised analysts to credibly integrate ESG issues on a global basis.
Environmental focus & proprietary ESG ratings
For Henrika, focus on the environment will be a determining factor going forward. “Climate change is a very urgent topic we need to address within sustainable investing. Fidelity has more than 150 analysts across the world who follow companies and engage with them around sustainability, that in combination with our own ESG rating system will improve the climate-related investments topics which need to be addressed across the world,” Skott adds.
With the dozens of ESG ratings and classifications currently on the market, each with its own methodology, Fidelity has taken the step to create a proprietary rating system to circumvent data quality and backwards-looking disclosures, among the many ESG data-related issues.
Fidelity needed a forward-looking assessment that could evaluate the opportunities that sustainability factors can create in detail, in line with their active approach. The result is an internal tool that focuses on the material topics for each sector and an explicit link between these data and the investment decision-making process as well as an active engagement policy.
“I have only started two days ago but already see how Fidelity values the different perspectives everyone brings and appreciate how that strengthens teamwork and this atmosphere speaks to me. Fidelity has a culture where you feel valued and are encouraged to learn and ask questions which makes me feel very welcome,” Skott concludes.
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