Systematic strategy aids AP1's sustainability work

The pension fund has expanded its systematic method to filter out the companies with the biggest sustainability risks in their business. So far so good, but all systematic strategies need better data than today – something that we might not get, portfolio manager Dmytro Sheludchenko tells AMWatch.

Dmytro Sheludchenko, AP1 | Photo: PR / AP1

The First Swedish National Pension Fund (AP1) announced that it would divest from all fossil fuel companies in March 2020. The decision, preceded by a climate risk analysis, was taken in December 2019.

This means the buffer fund's internal equity team, which works by using a systematic management approach, was given the task of buying new holdings. These had to be in companies with the same risk appetite, but with a higher ESG-ranking and low carbon footprint.

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