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Folksam aims to promote sustainability through bond purchases

To back the transition to a sustainable economy - and at the same time deliver a financial return to its customers - Sweden’s Folksam plans to increase investments in green bonds.

Green bonds are generally defined as fixed-income instruments where the capital raised is earmarked for the financing of projects that benefit the environment or climate, for instance, a wind park. | Photo: Siemens Gamesa, PR

Folksam made its first green bond investment two years ago. Today, accumulated investments in the asset class have reached SEK 20 billion (EUR 2 billion) – or approximately five percent of total assets under management.

But this is far from the limit for the insurance group, which wants to promote its corporate vision — of customers feeling secure in a sustainable world — through its bond purchase programs. So Folksam plans to increase green bond investments further in 2018, according to Helena Kernell, Senior Analyst at Folksam Asset Management.

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