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CFA Society Sweden ESG Award
The 2016 award goes to Örebro kommun and Region Västmanland for both institutions’ holistic approach to sustainability, appreciating that the assets they manage and capital they issue has an impact on climate and society as well as ethical aspects. They have taken an organizationwide approach on how to become more sustainable by collaborating across departments such as finance and environment. More recently linking their work to Agenda 2030 where incorporating ESG and reducing CO2-emissions in their financial investments is a large part of this. They have taken a leadership role by being early adopters and generously shared their work and insights with other institutions.
Örebro kommun was the first Swedish municipality, and the 30th globally, to divest fossil fuels and has the ambition to be climateneutral by 2030. Örebro was also the second Swedish municipality to issue a green bond and green finances is a focus area in their overall climate strategy.
Region Västmanland was the first city council to conduct an internal CO2-screening after which their portfolio emissions was reduced by a third without sacrificing performance. They have developed an internal model for fund manager evaluation based on an annual ESG-questionnaire. The information is the basis for fund manager review and internal discussion.
The award was accepted by Hanna Arneson, Sustainabilitystrategist green finances Örebro kommun and Björn Sundin, Municipal commissioner community planning, Örebro kommun, as well as Fredrik Holst, Head of finance Region Västmanland.
CFA Sweden would like to thank the members of the ESG-jury for their committment: Filippa Bergin (Head of sustainability, Storebrand), Hanna Roberts (CEO, GES), Henrik Malmsten (CEO, Durable Vision Invest) and John Howchin (Secretary general, Etikrådet).
KTH wins the Investment Research Challenge 2017!
After five months of research on this year's subject company Assa Abloy. Thursday the 23th of February saw the four finalist teams; Linköping University, KTH, Stockholm University and Lund University, in the 2017 Swedish IRC final present their recommendation and target price on Assa Abloy.
KTH's written report impressed the graders. The judges, Thomas Brodin (Cliens), Fredrik Ahlin (IF), Charlotta Faxen (Lannebo Fonder), Martin Jacobsson (Handelsbanken Capital Markets), and Per Colleen (AP4) were equally convinced by the team's HOLD recommendation. The team gave a very professional presentation supported by robust financial analysis and conclusions.
KTH was represented by Rasmus Wicklund (team captain), Alexander Andrésen, Max Talbak, Jakob Rolén and Edvin Berg. The team was mentored by Christian Guggenheim, CFA and had guidance from their faculty advisor Tomas Sörensson, Associate professor.
The Board of CFA Sweden would like to thank all the volunteers that made this year's challenge a great success: mentors, graders, judges, Johan Lundin at Assa Abloy. A big thank you goes out to the challenge sponsors; Handelsbanken, FactSet and Kaplan Schweser.