Summer recap: Nordic bank-owned asset managers discuss ESG opportunities and challenges

ESG provides an increasingly important parameter for companies to differentiate from their peers and this summer, AMWatch has looked into the current state of affairs at SEB Investment Management, DNB Asset Management, OP Financial Group, and Nordea Asset Management.

From top left: SEB's Hans Ek, Nordea's' Katarina Hammar, DNB's Janicke Scheele and OP Financial Group's Annika Manninen. Photo: PR / SEB, Nordea, DNB, OP.

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.

Finland's EUR 72bn asset manager: Reporting will become the real ESG product differentiator

Increasing demand for ESG products leads to a growing supply, and differentiating the product offering is a difficult exercise for asset managers. AMWatch has asked OP Financial Group Head of ESG Annika Manninen how her company approaches the challenge.

Asset managers boost sustainability offering but no standardization

The number of funds with an ESG, impact or sustainability label has soared in recent years and will continue to do so in the years to come. However, the lack of standardization makes product comparison difficult for investors.

ESG teams continue hiring spree: "We look for people with a non-financial degree"

AMWatch compares the ten largest Nordic asset managers' ESG teams. While units continue to grow, and some expect even more staffers, according to several companies, an asset managers' ESG capabilities is not determined by the number of ESG analysts.

Major asset managers struggle with ESG data while bills are piling up

Nordic asset managers face increasing ESG data bills as multiple data providers are a requirement to get the full picture. Meanwhile, the same asset managers are under pressure to deliver low-cost solutions to investors.

DNB Asset Management: Social issues will be the next big ESG topic

While DNB Asset Management believes climate change will remain on top of the agenda in ESG investing, the EUR 61bn asset manager expects investors' attention on social issues will grow in the coming years

Climate efforts intensify as DNB AM engages in a domestic network on mitigation risks and opportunities

DNB Asset Management has increased its efforts against climate change in the past 12 months. Both by being a part of the Task Force on Climate-related Financial Disclosures (TCFD) investor pilot project, and through active ownership engagements focusing especially on Norwegian companies that are highly exposed to climate-related risks and opportunities.

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