Need to know: What is ESG - and how does it work?

At Nordea Funds, we firmly believe in returns with responsibility. This is why we carefully consider environmental, social and governance (ESG) factors in our decision making process.


One cannot tell what will happen tomorrow. But in the world of finance you can always make qualified predictions. Picking out the future winners from an investor’s perspective is often a question of identifying the hidden risks that can make a difference.

This means looking at companies from an ESG perspective and going with the ones who have control of their processes and policies. And avoiding companies that cut corners and where accidents waiting to happen.

Active ownership

This is easier when you are an investor. Because when you invest in a company, you also own a part of the company and this means you have to play an active part. We believe that responsibility and active ownership is a vital part of good investment – and when we invest on behalf of 10 million customers we can make a difference.

As an owner you have to push the development in the right direction. This way you can ensure that the money work for both the local societies and the investors, so that investments produce a responsible as well as a financial return.

This is why we believe not just in investing, but also in active ownership. So that we can invest in companies and sectors that share our beliefs and create a stable, long-term return that can hold its own.

Returns with responsibility

Nordea Asset Management is dedicated to take Returns with responsibility to the next level in order to ensure competitive, consistent and responsible returns on all funds. This means that all Nordea Asset Management’s products now include environmental, social and governance (ESG) data as one of the factors used in assessing investments.

Environmental, social and governance issues are an increasing source of risk and opportunity, which is the main reason for integrating ESG into our investment analysis methodology.

Good returns for our customers are the primary focus for Nordea Asset Management, and we are convinced that taking ESG issues into account in all our investments can lead to better performance. If not, it will at the very least serve as a way of controlling potential risks in an investment portfolio.

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