What characterizes an ESG champion?

Asset managers increasingly allocate financial assets to sustainable or ESG-oriented investments but who is responsible for this transformation? Throughout the summer, AMWatch has talked to SEB, DNB, OP and Nordea and investigated the career paths of Nordic ESG champions.

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.

Loyal SEB employee reminisces over decades' journey from Bank Clerk to Head of ESG

Hans Ek began at SEB as a bank clerk in 1984. Today, he is Head of ESG and Deputy CEO at SEB Investment Management. How did he manage? How did he make his way up the ladder?

"I admire the pioneers who continued to push the agenda despite ridicule and doubt from colleagues"

Annika Manninen has only been Head of ESG at OP Asset Management for a few months, but she has been working with it for many years. During her final year at university, someone mentioned responsible investments and she knew that she had found her career path.

Central banker speech changed how the markets perceived responsible investments as tragedy looms in the horizon

"Tragedy in the Horizon", the famous speech by the Governor of the Bank of England Mark Carney in 2015 on climate change as a destabilizing factor for the financial sector had a strong impact on Head of Responsible Investments at DNB Asset Management Janicke Scheele.

Nordea manager leaped from product development to ESG analysis: "A financial background is important to identify sustainable investment risks"

Going from product development to responsible investments is quite a change in setting. But what was the biggest adjustment for Katarina Hammar, Co-head of Responsible Investments at Nordea Asset Management?

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