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One of Sweden's biggest investors starts ESG pressure campaign

Alecta, a Swedish pension fund with about EUR 93 billion under management, wants to take active investing to a new level to force the companies it owns to be more ethical.

Carina Silberg, who runs a newly merged corporate governance and sustainability unit at Alecta, says her team is bringing in reams of data to figure out exactly what portfolio companies are doing when it comes to environmental, social and governance standards. | Photo: PR

Carina Silberg, who runs a newly merged corporate governance and sustainability unit at Alecta, says her team is bringing in reams of data to figure out exactly what portfolio companies are doing when it comes to environmental, social and governance standards.

If "large gaps" are identified, "targeted action" follows, she said in an interview in Stockholm. The idea is to instruct companies and bring about change, according to Silberg.

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