Nordic pension funds' ESG policies have remarkable differences but also similarities, Robeco finds

The Principles for Responsible Investment is the most commonly accepted sustainability initiative. All pension funds but one have signed this in Dutch asset manager Robeco's sample of Denmark, Finland, Sweden and the Netherlands, states Robeco's director of quantitative research Laurens Swinkels in an article.

Laurens Swinkels is a Researcher at Robeco's Quant Research team. Prior to re-joining Robeco in 2016, he was a Researcher at Norges Bank Investment Management. | Photo: PR / Robeco

Climate change is taken particularly seriously by Nordic pension funds, but notable discrepancies in ESG policies remain – in particular when it comes to transparency and the publication of exclusion lists, a fresh article by the Dutch asset manager Robeco states.

Denmark and Sweden seem to be the most actively involved in climate initiatives, with at least nine out of ten pension funds taking up membership of the Task Force on Climate-related Financial Disclosures (TFCD) and of Climate Action 100+, notes Robeco's director of quantitative research Laurens Swinkels in his article.

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