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    Pension Moves & Buoyant ESG Demand

    At the beginning of this week, Norwegian pension KLP announced it would align its investment portfolio with the 1.5°C global warming target. In Sweden, AP1, Folksam, SEB Investment Management, Skandia, the Church of Sweden and Swedfund partnered with Transparency International Sweden to launch a new Investors Integrity Forum (IIF). Meanwhile, AP7 will be sending Johan Florén and Flora Gaber to represent the fund at the Taskforce on Nature-related Financial Disclosures (TNFD).

    According to a recent investor survey conducted by Invesco, the popularity and mainstreaming of ESG integration has continued to grow especially among factor investors. Meanwhile, the S&P Europe 350 ESG index futures launched last May have become increasingly popular according to the CME Group who reported a record volume day in mid-SeptemberTo support the growing investor interest for ESG in the US, FTSE Russell also launched 6 new US ESG Indices this week. We also noted JP Morgan‘s two new Active ESG ETFs now tradable on Xetra and Deutsche Börse Frankfurt.

    This week’s Snap focuses on the circular economy and was inspired by Swedish Plastic Recycling (Svensk Plaståtervinning)’s Site Zero project, the world’s largest and most modern facility for plastic recycling. On the same theme, we followed the latest edition of the ‘We Don’t Have Time‘ summit. Present at the event were experts from all sectors, all of which pushed on the urgency of transitioning to a circular economy to reach the net zero by 2050 target. Last but not least, we also discussed sustainable credit opportunities with Schroders‘s Head of Sustainable Credit and lead portfolio manager, Saida Eggerstedt.

     

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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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