Sustainable investment

When our customers entrust us with their assets and savings, they expect us to safeguard them and make them grow. They also expect us to invest sustainably and to incorporate environmental, social, and corporate governance (ESG) into the investment process. We are firmly committed to sustainable investment; it is an integral part of our duty to our customers. Our journey to bring ESG inside our investment processes will help us make better-informed investment decisions and provide our customers with solutions that aim to deliver competitive, long-term performance.

Jacob Aarup-Andersen

Head of Wealth Management and member of the Executive Board, Danske Bank


Bringing ESG inside the investment processes

For us, sustainable investing is sound investing. Our journey to bring ESG inside our investment processes will help us make better-informed investment decisions. We analyse environmental, social, corporate governance and financial factors, to better understand the companies we invest in; their business models, positions, risks and opportunities. This is not a side issue - it is an integrated part of our processes, products and advisory. We call it ‘ESG Inside’.

Focus on active ownership

It is inside our investment processes where we can make a difference. As investors, we can influence companies to integrate sustainability into their business models, governance and reporting. We can challenge companies on their positions and influence them to address material issues. As investors, we can support companies’ development and growth.

Sustainable investment is about taking responsibility. We believe it is more sustainable to address ESG matters when issues of concern or risks arise, rather than divest from companies and leave problems to be solved by others. Our investment teams are the change agents who can impact how companies address and manage their ESG risks and opportunities.

As long-term investors with in-depth knowledge of the Norwegian stock market, we can leverage active ownership to influence companies and make a difference.

Lars Erik Moen

Senior Portfolio Manager

We believe that companies with high ESG scores or positive ESG score trajectories, should generate higher risk-adjusted returns than those with low scores because these companies should have lower risks related to funding, markets and products.

Andreas Dankel

Chief Portfolio Manager

Danske Bank launched a new strategy for sustainable investment in 2018, and since then we have strengthened our ability to integrate sustainability when investing on behalf of customers. The new report, ‘Our Sustainable Investment Journey 2019’, shows how investment teams integrate sustainability.
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ESG integration

We integrate ESG into the investment process alongside financial factors to make better-informed investment decisions.
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Active ownership

Direct dialogue and voting at the annual general meetings are important parts of our ability to create long-term value to the companies we invest in and to our customers.
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Screening as a tool

We use screening to apply Group-wide investment restrictions and to identify investment risks related to ESG matters.
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Our sustainable investment strategy and approach

Learn more about our commitment to sustainable investing by reading our policy and find out more about our results and progress in our various reports.
  • 09. nov 2018Sustainable Investment Policy
  • 21. feb 2019Active Ownership Report 2018 Danske Bank Asset Management
  • 26. feb 2019Lost in Translation - In Search of Authenticity in ESG Integration
  • 01. feb 2018Carbon footprint measurements on selected Danske Invest funds
  • 08. mar 2019Danske Bank - Investment Restrictions 2019
  • 24. maj 2019Our Sustainable Investment Journey 2019