Responsible Investing

From utopian to center stage at PFA: "It's a challenge worth a proper fight. And trust me, it is not a walk in the park"

Is it possible to make a 180-year-old Swiss private bank significantly more sustainable in less than two years? Sasja Beslik believes so, having left J. Safra Sarasin to take the over the reins at Denmark's largest commercial pension fund, PFA. Even though only 1.5 percent of PFA's clients have opted for its climate product after more than a year on the market, it shouldn't become the mandatory savings product, he argues.

Sustainability regulations meet government bond stumbling block

European regulators are debating whether government bonds should feature in the final disclosure requirement. The CFA Institute advocates for including all investments to prevent "cherry-picking", while the chair of EU parliament's environmental committee says now is not the time to try and apply the sustainable-activities list to the bonds.

After two years of preparation: Robur launches dark green prestige fund

Sweden's largest fund manager is launching a climate impact fund with Swedbank's insurance unit as anchor investor. "We've had some great interest from larger investors and are in close contact with several potential investors that have expressed an interest," the new fund's portfolio manager tells AMWatch.

Foundation buys stake in asset manager

The Danish Lundbeck Foundation acquires 25 percent of asset manager Cresco Capital Services, which has climate among its focal areas and invests in energy projects.

PenSam sets new carbon footprint targets

Pension fund PenSam is raising the bar in the race to be green taking place in the pension industry. By 2025, the company wants to reduce CO2 emissions generated by its investment portfolios by a total of 44 percent.

University fund prepares for potential market drawdown

"Instead of speculating about how the market could look tomorrow, we prepare our portfolio every day for a strong drop in the markets and this is visible in our asset allocation," says Anders Ekholm, Chief Investment Officer at the University of Helsinki.

Impact veteran recalls early days of small boutique as he aims to make a bigger splash at Golding: "We were swimming against the current"

Years of sparring with Golding Capital Partners and a Christmas of soul searching led Andreas Nilsson to drop his niche boutique in favor of a "more impactful" large player. "More and more established players were coming into the market, so we had to decide if we wanted to be a small player or join a larger player and take impact investments to the next level," he says

Media: Nordic ESG expert leaves J. Safra Sarasin

Media reports that Sasja Beslik has stepped down from the role created especially for him after just two years on the job. However, both the bank and Beslik himself remain tight-lipped about the departure.

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