Swedish pension funds slow to back local jobs, new report says

Pension providers in Sweden could make more effort to support the domestic labor market and companies paying their taxes locally, according to a new report by independent consultancy Söderberg & Partners.

Johanna Landberg, head of sustainability at SEK 79.5 billion SPP, considers the rating an important acknowledgment for SPP's pension savers. | Photo: SPP

People paying into Swedish pension plans want their money to support businesses paying tax in their country and promote employment, but the issue has a low priorty for pension providers, a new report has found.

The report by independent consultancy Söderberg & Partners, which was published in December, assesses the sustainability processes of 13 Swedish pension insurance companies. It evaluates how pension firms take sustainability data into account in their investment decisions, and how they consider four themes that are important for local pension savers in their operations -- job creation and paying taxes in Sweden; combatting child labor and lowering carbon dioxide emissions.

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