Active ownership through dialogue and voting

Active ownership through direct dialogue with portfolio companies and voting at general meetings is an important aspect of our ability to create long-term value for the companies we invest in and for our customers. Active ownership is an important part of the investment process, and with this approach our investment teams can to impact portfolio companies and add values to their different investment strategies.

As investors, we can make a difference by using our ability and power to influence our portfolio companies to integrate sustainability into their business models, strategies and governance.

We believe the responsible approach is to stay invested in companies and address issues – both risks and opportunities – and support companies’ development and growth.

Investment teams engage with invested companies on a regularly basis to

  • Discuss material matters that may impact company performance and outlook
  • Gain a better understanding of the companies’ business models, strategies and ability to mitigate risks and leverage opportunities
  • Influence companies to manage risks and challenges, and support business growth and development

With active ownership I have the possibility to contribute with insights that mitigates risks, unlocks opportunities and support positive developments. When risks or problems arise, I address issues and discuss solutions with the companies instead of divesting and hoping that someone else will solve the matter.

Riitta Sinikka Louhento

Senior Portfolio Manager

In 2020, we had ...

478 dialogues with

354 companies and

voted at 3,701 general meetings

See how we voted

Collaboration and investor-initiatives

We collaborates with like-minded investors, peers and others as part of our active ownership efforts to influence companies and to contribute to sustainable development. Furthermore, Danske Bank participates in several investor initiatives to encourage transparency and sustainability standards in companies and markets.
  • PRI

    The PRI – Principles for Responsible Investment – works to understand the investment implications of environmental, social and governance (ESG) factors and to support its international network of investor signatories in incorporating these factors into their investment and ownership decisions. The PRI acts in the long-term interests of its signatories, of the financial markets and economies in which they operate and ultimately of the environment and society as a whole. Danske Bank is a signatory to the PRI and its six Principles for Responsible Investment, which guide our approach to sustainable investments, and we report annually to the PRI about our progress and results.

  • Institutional Investors Group on Climate Change

    Danske Bank is a member of IIGCC (Institutional Investors Group on Climate Change). The IIGCC is a network of nearly 150 pension funds and asset managers, which manage over €21 trillion in assets. 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.

  • Paris Pledge for Action

    Danske Bank signed the Paris Pledge For Action in 2015 to support the Paris Agreement and its goal to fight climate change and limit the global increase in temperatures to 2 degrees Celsius overall and 1.5 degrees by the end of the century.

  • Montreal Pledge

    Danske Bank acknowledges that the financial sector plays a role in supporting the transition to a low-carbon economy. We are therefore a signatory to the Montreal Carbon Pledge and we publicly disclose the carbon footprint of a selection of our funds. Going forward, we will continue to increase the number of funds where we disclosure their carbon footprint. See latest report. 

  • Carbon Disclosure Project

    Danske Bank has signed the CDP, a non-profit organization which collects and shares information on greenhouse gas emissions and climate strategies to provide data and tools that enable investors to mitigate climate-related risks in investment decisions.

  • Sustainable Investment Forum

    Danske Bank is a member of the local branch of ‘Sustainable Investment Forum’ (SIF) in Denmark, Norway, Sweden and Finland. SIF’s mission is to promote sustainability through European financial markets and to increase knowledge of sustainable investments, exchange knowledge and experience, and to contribute to relevant statistics on sustainable investment.

  • Task Force on Climate-related Financial Disclosures 

    Danske Bank is a signatory to the Task Force on Climate-related Financial Disclosures (TCFD), which will develop voluntary, consistent climate-related financial risk disclosures for use by companies in providing information to investors, lenders, insurers and other stakeholders. Danske Bank believes that the recommendations of TCFD will help companies understand what financial markets want from disclosure in order to measure and respond to climate change risks, and encourage firms to align their disclosures with investors’ needs.

Carbon footprint measurements on selected Danske Invest funds

As signatory to the UN initiative "The Montreal Carbon Pledge", we are committed to measuring and publishing the carbon footprint of a selected range of our funds. 
See the result

Active ownership reports

  • 05. jan 2021Danske Bank Voting Guidelines
  • 28. aug 2020Active Ownership Report H1 2020
  • 26. aug 2020Sustainable Investment Instruction - Active Ownership 2020
  • 24. mar 2020Active Ownership Stories 2020
  • 14. feb 2020Active Ownership Report 2019
  • 07. nov 2019Active Ownership Report - H1 2019
  • 21. feb 2019Active Ownership Report 2018
  • 09. nov 2018Active Ownership Report - H1 2018