SFDR: the Nordic Supervisory Response

In the aftermath of last week's SFDR deadline, NordSIP reached out to the FSAs of the three Nordic EU countries to compare their approaches....

SFDR-Week

According to the U.S. military, the ‘D’ in D-day doesn’t stand for anything, as we reflect on in our weekly column, The Snap... but...

Women & Covid – Challenge or Opportunity?

This year for March 8, International Women's Day, the UN has chosen to focus on women, leadership in times of Covid-19. We asked a...

Insights: the EU Sustainable Finance Regulation

As Otto von Bismarck reportedly said, laws are like sausages – good to have but no one wants to see how they are made....

Honesty & Hard Work

This week, together with about 2 billion people around the world, we are glad to bid farewell to the strange and difficult year of the...

Swedish Controversies

This week, we decided to take a closer look at fashion giant H&M and the consequences of the pandemic on its value chain, from...

The Cat, the Bell & the ECB

The ECB creates a climate change centre to coordinate environmental efforts across different parts of the bank, BlackRock's Larry fink endorses but does not commit to zero-carbon in 2050. American Century Investments and Nomura Asset Management make Medical Impact UCITS available in EU, UNEP PSI discusses climate-related risks, Triodos IM appoints new Impact fund manager, Transparency International encourages Nordic countries to fight money laundering,

Should I Stay or Should I go?

This week, Swedish pension fund AP7 held a webinar to discuss the conclusions of a recent report about climate lobbying and invited Swedish Minister...

2021 Kick-off: Expansions & Aspirations

Before we dig into the week's many news, we are very proud and happy to welcome a new member to our team! Julia Axelsson,...

The Year in Green – 2020

While there might be much to be forgotten about 2020, this year also brought a fair number of positive changes in the world of sustainable investing. We sifted through our collection of close to 500 articles and boiled it down to the essentials.

Impact Investing

In 2020, impact opportunities are easier to find and more accessible than ever for asset owners. The definitions are clearer, the goals are tangible and the financial performance delivers on target. Impact has earned its space in institutional allocations.

No Rest for the Wicked

As we approach the holiday, new initiatives, reports and even career switches abound. In Sweden, the AP Funds 1-4's Council on Ethics published a list...

Sustainable Transitions, Taxonomy & Reports

Watch, re-watch or check out our summary of the virtual round table on the topic of Sustainable Transitions, which took place a couple of weeks ago and gathered the insights of Marcus Svedberg of AP4, Patricia Ribeiro of American Century Investments and William de Vries of Triodos Investment Management.

Sustainable Fixed Income

In the news, the most eye-catching development this week was the report that the Global Environment Facility may be rife with fraud and corruption, according to a leaked UN Development Programme’s audit. Meanwhile, the Climate Action Tracker report commended governments for their 2050 carbon-neutral announcements.

Opportunities Galore

Heidi Berg, independent impact investment and ESG consultant based in Shanghai reports on the tremendous opportunities for sustainable investments in China. Supported by AP1, LGIM launched L&G Emerging Market Equity Future Core Fund. Carnegie Fonder hired Anna Strömberg as head of sustainability, and as manager of the Tillväxt Sverige fund, Sweden’s first Nordic Swan Eco-labelled fund.

A Green Prince and a Big Green Wash

Prince Charles commented in relation to the launch by Lombard Odier of its Natural Capital Strategy this week. Ulf Erlandsson, challenges investors in the State Bank of India (SBI) issued green bond as the bank prepares a loan to Adani for investment in the Carmichael mine in Queensland, Australia.

Alternatives & ETFs

We partnered with HedgeNordic to bring you a wide range of alternative investments in the context of ESG. In Denmark, pension fund P+ announced a new responsible investments approach. Fredrik Nilsson jumps ship from BlackRock's iShares in Copenhagen to strengthen Invesco's ETF franchise in Stockholm.

Renewed Fears

In Japan, Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga announces that the country will become carbon neutral by 2050. The European Union launches its first social bond, in the context of the Unemployment Risk in an Emergency (SURE) programme

The Chips are Down

Länsförsäkringar announces the exclusion of all gaming companies that generate revenue from gambling. Kommuninvest officially launches its Loans for Social Sustainability this week. SASB publishes a new report for private equity, asset managers need to redouble their efforts to address climate change and diversity instead of merely paying lip service to the theme according to Redington.

Credibility in Question

According to the latest report from the Transition Pathways Initiative (TPI), every single major fossil fuel energy company remains off the path necessary to...
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