We want to contribute to improvements and promote change
ESG is an integral part of our investment decisions
Sustainable investment is about making sound investments. By considering ESG matters alongside financial aspects, our investments are able to make better-informed investment decisions and create long-term value to customers.
We call it ‘ESG Inside’ to highlight the fact that ESG is not a side issue but an integrated part of our investment processes, products and advisory.
New initiatives to build the foundation
Not a one-size-fits-all approach
Integrating ESG into the investment processes is not a one-size-fits-all approach. It differs depending on the investment strategy and the asset class. Our investment teams address ESG issues that pose a risk or an opportunity as they may affect their investments and thereby the ability to deliver returns to customers.
With ESG inside the investment processes, we can manage risks, unlock opportunities, provide value to the companies we invest in and meet customer demands for sustainable investments.
"ESG integration comes as a natural part when you fully look into
understanding the company and its business potential."
- Ivan Larsen, Chief Portfolio Manager, European Small Cap Equities
Integrating sustainability into investments decisions
We believe it is more sustainable to stay invested in companies and address concerns, dilemmas, risks or problems when they arise, rather than divesting and leaving the problem to be solved by someone else.
It is through our portfolio-manager-driven dialogue with companies that we can influence companies to integrate sustainability into their business models and manage the ESG risks and opportunities facing them. This is how we can support the growth and development of companies and contribute to a positive societal impact.
Our engagement and voting activities in 2018
We had 643 dialogues
on 59 ESG topics
we voted on 4,627 proposals