Responsible Investments

When you entrust us with your savings at Danske Bank, it is important to ensure that we give you both competitive and sustainable returns over time. This means that we, as part of our investment process, incorporate corporate governance, environmental and social factors alongside financial factors.

We invest for value while addressing the needs of our customers, our role in society, and the evolving landscape of sustainability standards around the world.

Ulrika Hasselgren

Head of Sustainability & Impact Investment at Danske Bank 

How we work 

Our Responsible Investing approach stands on a solid foundation with several building blocks to help us invest in a manner that provides our customers attractive solutions, products, and returns in a sustainable manner. We assess corporate governance, environmental and social factors and also deal with sustainability risks and dilemmas. We aim to be open about these and collaborate with customers and stakeholders to find the best possible solutions.

We consider sustainability and impact when investing

We evaluate our investments to understand its sustainability standard and its impact on people, the environment, and the planet. We do this through a systematic process including both screening and scoring of companies and portfolios. 

We enter into dialogue with companies and stakeholders

We engage through constructive dialogue with companies and stakeholders to understand and address opportunities and risks identified through our screening and scoring process. 

We act as active owners and use our voice through voting 

We are active owners and exercise our right as shareholders to vote at the annual general meeting of companies which we believe we have a position to influence.

We refrain from certain investments

We invest for value, while also addressing the needs of our customers, our role in society, and the evolving standards for sustain-ability around the world. This means that we refrain from investing in certain sectors, companies or products. See exclusion list here 

We are open through disclosure and reporting

We disclose our policies and way of working and will continuously update these with the aim for the best practice in the field. We also report on progress to our customers.

We seek to influence through collaboration

We endorse and are committed to several industry initiatives to support sustainable development and to promote transparency of corporate responsibility. 

Engaging in sustainability issues      in 2017

We focus our ownership efforts where we believe we can have a substantial impact.

We engage through dialogue with companies on specific sustainability matters in line with our policy. Read more about the companies here 

Collaboration with like-minded to make an impact

By working with other like-minded investors and stakeholders, we want to contribute to increasing knowledge and understanding as sustainability issues evolve – and hopefully make a greater impact together through various forums and initiatives.

  • Carbon Disclosure Project
    Danske Bank is a signatory to the CDP, a not-for-profit organisation that collects and shares information on greenhouse gas emissions and climate change strategies to enable investors to mitigate risk and capitalise on opportunities related to climate change.

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  • Institutional Investor Group on Climate Change
    Danske Bank is a member of the IIGCC. The IIGCC consists of more than 90 members, including some of the largest pension funds and asset managers in Europe, and represents €7.5 trillion in assets. The IIGCC’s mission is to provide a collaborative platform to encourage public policies, investment practices and corporate behaviour that address the long-term risks and opportunities associated with climate change.

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  • Principles for Responsible Investments
    Danske Bank has signed the UN-backed Principles for Responsible Investments, which is an investor initiative launched in 2006 with more than 1,600 signatories globally.

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  • United Nations Environment Programme Finance Initiative
    Danske Bank is a member of the UNEPFI, which  is a global partnership between UNEP and the financial sector. More than 200 institutions, including banks, insurers and fund managers, work with UNEP to understand the effects of environmental and social considerations on financial performance.

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Funds with increased focus on sustainability

Considering sustainability is something we do in all our own funds.

A range of our own funds have an individual sustainability profile and a specific Morningstar Sustainability Rating, so our customers are able to see how the fund performs in regards to sustainability.

For other funds, we have set out additional criteria for responsibility to meet particular customer demand. See which ones here

How we handle industries with increased sustainability risk


Sustainable practices in the agricultural industry are important because it can help retain natural re-sources and reduce poverty and hunger around the world.

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Climate change

By reducing emissions in all industries, risks of climate change are reduced and providing room for new, sustainable growth and development. 

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Well-kept forests are a necessity for sustainable environmental development both locally and globally and provide a habitat for flora, fauna and human beings.  

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Fossil fuels

Activities related to fossil fuels contribute to climate change. However, we recognise the need for fossil fuels to support economic development. 

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Mining and metals

Sustainable mining helps maintain natural resources and reduce poverty around the world. 

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Arms and defence

The arms and defence industries pose risks related to different types of weapons and their potential use where international humanitarian law is violated.

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Human Rights
Our Position Statement on Human Rights

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Want to learn more?

In our policies and reports you are able to read more detailed descriptions of how we at Danske Bank work with responsibility when investing.

  • 14. nov 2017Responsible Investment Policy
  • 02. jan 2017Excluded companies
  • 01. feb 2018Carbon footprint measurements on selected Danske Invest funds
  • 02. feb 2018Pooled Engagement Through Third Party 2017
  • 01. jun 2018Investment Restrictions

Environmental impact

We support the transition to a low-carbon economy directly through our operations and indirectly through cooperation with customers, portfolio companies and business partners.
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Societal challenges

We help solve some of the fundamental challenges that society faces today. Find out how we build financial confidence, increase access to digital services and help startups scale.
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Our approach

At Danske Bank, we integrate corporate responsibility in our core business, work with partners and stakeholders, and report on our progress regularly.
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