ESG leaders are not always net positive, fresh report finds
ESG funds do not automatically produce socially and environmentally redeemable impact alongside returns. Funds without an ESG label can very well have above-average net value creation regardless of image conveyed by marketing materials or ESG metrics, a new report from The Upright Project states.
Two years ago, KLP Kapitalforvaltning accounted for 4 percent of inflows to Norwegian retail funds. Now, its share is 17.6 percent. "It's been a dramatic change," says CEO Håvard Gulbrandsen, who thinks sustainable funds, low prices and new dynamics in the Norwegian retail market are responsible.
The Swedish Pensions Agency has been busy recently, with a first foray into real estate and new terms and conditions for its fund platform meaning lower fees for savers. Fund department chief Erik Fransson also discusses whether going fossil free has had an impact on returns.
Five new guidelines aim to create more transparency about how Danish pension funds asses the value of unlisted assets – but according to several pension firms, they already live up to these principles.