Tundra Fonder tutors frontier companies on ESG

Frontier markets lag developed ones by far in terms of environmental, social and corporate governance (ESG) standards -- but shunning them is not the answer, CIO and co-founder Mattias Martinsson tells AMWatch in Stockholm.

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Established in 2011, Sweden's Tundra Fonder today manages asset worth approximately EUR 300 million. Some 30 percent of these assets under management belong to institutional investors -- a ratio Martinsson believes will reach 70 percent in the next three years.

"We have spent so much time speaking to institutional investors on frontier market investments that is now starting to reflect on our business," Mattias Martinsson, CIO and co-founder of frontier market boutique, tells AMWatch in an interview in Stockholm.

Of Tundra's four funds, one is a Pakistan-dedicated fund while another focuses on Vietnam. The other two are the Frontier Africa Fund and the Tundra Sustainable Frontier Fund, which concentrate on a variety of markets such as Vietnam, Bangladesh, Sri Lanka, Pakistan, Egypt and Nigeria.

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