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...

APs Move & Others Launch

Swedish buffer pension fund AP1 seems to have convinced the "anti-benchmark" passive French manager TOBAM to drop fossil from its funds. In a recent announcement, sister fund AP7 revealed that a settlement had been reached with Alphabet, Google’s parent company, following a shareholder lawsuit launched in January 2019

The Recovery Handbook

While the COVID19-led market crash in March sparked hope among the sustainable investment crowd, that finally, ESG analysis had proved itself a valuable risk-mitigating...

The Lady and the Miner

We catch up with Anna-Stina Wiklund, recently appointed Head of Sustainable Investing at Ålandsbanken, just a few days after she successfully completed her fifth IronMan race, Rodolphe Bocquet will become the firm's first Global Head of ESG at Qontigo, UBS Asset Management unveiled its Climate Aware suite of strategies

Green Bonds and the Dentist’s Advice

We catch up with Oshni Arachchi who just joined Folksam as an ESG Corporate Analyst. The UBS ETF S&P 500 ESG UCITS ETF reached the US$1 billion AUM mark, CICERO Shades of Green joins forces with Pareto Asset Management to assess the Swedish green bond market's reaction to the COVID-19-led market crisis in March 2020.

Unsustainable Faux Pas

On September 1, just a few days after welcoming a new Managing Director, Victor van Hoorn, at the helm, Eurosif stirred the European sustainable...

Musical Chairs

This week, with all kids comfortably installed in their classrooms again, the Nordics are ready for the new school year. Between launches and new...

ESG at All-time-high

Topdanmark announced the hiring of Andreas Stang as ESG investment manager. NordSIP caught up with Pelle Pedersen, Chief Impact & Growth Officer at DoLand, Schroders published its latest Climate Progress Dashboard update.

Ethics Schmethics

As the Nordic slowly eases back into the post-summer routines, we follow the developments of Norges Bank Investment Management CEO succession saga. After the...

Sustainable Finance in the EU – Recent Developments and Guides

It is time to brush up on your taxonomy before getting back to work! As the Nordics are getting ready to wake up from...

Risk Premia, Smart Beta & Impact-Weighted Accounts

Danish pension fund PenSam has agreed with Nordea Asset Management on a €2.16 billion global equity risk premia mandate, which also fits PenSam’s climate and sustainability strategy, AIRR Initiative has launched its Sustainable Proteins Hub, a new interactive tool, Net-Zero Asset Owner Alliance gained its 27th member, as the United Nations Joint Staff Pension Fund (UNJSPF) joined its ranks.

Food for Thought

Policy-makers and sustainable investors must consider the future of the food industry, according to a recent article posted by the IMF. Beyond the failure...