Stockholm (NordSIP) – On 26 April 2022, Denmarks Sustainable Investment Forum (Dansif) held its annual general meeting, summarising an active and successful year and adding new enthusiastic members to the board of directors. Chairwoman Dewi Dylander, Deputy Executive Director at PKA, will continue steering the forum for another year, aided by a new deputy, Nordea Asset Management’s Eric Pedersen.
“Dansif is a great forum for institutional investors and advisors to exchange views or sparring on responsible investments,” comments Dylander. “In the past, I have enjoyed going to seminars, conferences and panel debates and it’s great to be able to give something back as part of Dansifs board. I was elected to the board two years ago and was appointed chairman a year ago; a role I have just been re-elected to.”
Pedersen concurs regarding the opportunities provided by Dansif. “As one of the organisations with the longest history in ESG and probably the one that is putting the most resources into it right now, I feel that we have something to contribute. From a personal point of view, my focus is on making sure that ESG and Sustainability in investing are discussed in a way that makes sense to the end-user, the retail investor or the member of a pension fund.”
“Dansif is Denmark’s primary forum and network for responsible investment professionals, offering an avenue for knowledge sharing and professionalization in the field of sustainability and investment. I wanted to get involved to contribute my part to Dansif’s important role in the industry,” board member Simon Leicht Nielsen from ATP adds.
Discussing the importance of sustainable investments, Pedersen is uncompromising, pointing to the 35-year-old Brundtland report: “Not compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs. In practice, it’s always been a bit like the elephant: Hard to describe, but you know it when you see it. And now, of course, we’re getting a bit of help from the Taxonomy and all the rest of the new rules.”
Nielsen has a similarly multilayered view of sustainability as “working to maximize the positive impacts of one’s activities on people and planet while minimizing the negative impacts. Sustainability means focusing on multiple bottom lines at the same time.”
Erik Alhøj from Engagement International and PFA’s Christian Storm Schubart were also elected to the Board. Schubart was subsequently also re-elected as Dansif treasurer.
The Board of Dansif also thanked Sustainalytics’ Charlotte Mansson, Engagement International’s Keld L. Holm, and Rasmus Juhl Pedersen from Pædagogernes Pension for their work. The three outgoing members had announced prior to the general meeting that they were not running for re-election.