SEB overhauls strategies before legislation bites

SEB Investment Management's Head of ESG predicts upcoming changes in responsible policy as incorporating ESG will change from voluntary to mandatory. Morningstar report supports the claims that change is coming.

"I am quite certain that in a couple of years, you will be unable to manage other people’s money if you are not interested in sustainability," says SEB's Hans Ek. Photo: SEB / PR

SEB Investment Management’s ESG team currently has two points of focus: The EU legislation on sustainable investments, which constitutes the biggest challenge, as content and introduction timeframe remain unknown, and conversion of mainstream funds into more sustainable funds.

SEB's Head of ESG, Hans Ek, believes that incorporating environmental, social and governance factors in financial markets will change from being voluntary as is the case curretnly to mandatory. "I am quite sure that we will see a lot of new legislation," he explains to AMWatch.

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