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To put into perspective the progress made by green ETFs, our Snap column latest a critical look at the limelight cast on BlackRock‘s passive claims to ESG-hood. Meanwhile, Handelsbanken supports the trend of shifting passive strategies to Paris-Aligned benchmarks, by switching over funds worth €12.5 billion in assets.

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Together with ETFs, ESG derivatives also attract scrutiny. With Eurex launching futures on the MSCI ESG Enhanced Focus Indexes this week, we talked to Swedbank Robur‘s Magnus Linder who has been involved with ESG derivatives from their infant debuts. Could the high competition in the ESG derivative space be doing more harm than good?

This week, with mounting violence in Israel as a backdrop, NBIM announced the exclusion of two Israeli companies on human rights concerns. A company in Myanmar also received the same treatment.

Also in the news, sustainability data-focused INNORBIS has announced a partnership with Kommuninvest and several other organisations to develop a new Tool for integration of sustainability measures in financial analysis. The project is financed by Vinnova and will be presented during an event on May 26th.

Meanwhile, the Swedish Municipality of Linköping issued a new green bond, which attracted investment from KPA Pension among others, to fund a new sustainable municipal swimming pool.

We also caught up with no less than three new hires in the Nordics. Blue Orchard, Schroders‘s impact boutique, has found a new champion in Magnus Weikert, based in Copenhagen.  Josefine Lantz, who just joined Storebrand Asset Management in Stockholm told us about what Nordic institutional investors are looking for, and in particular, how sustainability is more important than ever to attract assets. Also in Stockholm, Virgilio Zaldivar has joined UBS Asset Management as Head of Nordics Institutional Client Coverage.

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The coronavirus epidemic has further accelerated the rise of ESG into the investment mainstream. As deficits skyrocket, bond investors have an opportunity to engage with governments on climate change, argues Thomas Dillon, Senior Macro ESG Analyst at Aviva Investors.

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