We kicked off a number of initiatives in 2018 that we will continue to improve and expand in the coming years. For instance, we developed a tool called mDASH – our ESG materiality dashboard – which helps investment teams identify ESG issues that are material for each sector and company. We have rolled out an ESG educational and skill-building programme, and we have strengthened our data platform by using multiple sources to help us find high-quality ESG data. Last, but not least, we have a Nordic team of ESG researchers and specialists on site across our Nordic markets to support local investment teams.
Taking responsibility and influencing companies
I believe it is more responsible to stay invested in companies and address concerns, dilemmas, risks or problems when they arise rather than divesting and leaving the problems to be solved by someone else. Through dialogue, I can influence companies to integrate sustainability into their business model and manage the ESG risks and opportunities facing them. This is how I as an investor can support the growth and development of companies and contribute to a positive societal impact.Ivan Larsen
Chief Portfolio Manager, Danske Bank