Published: September 8, 2022, 08:52Sofia Aulin, head of sustainability at Länsförsäkringar's fund company. Investing sustainably is not a fly – on the contrary, it is a wave of change sweeping across society where the financial industry is no exception. For Länsförsäkringar Fondförvaltning, the focus is on offering sustainability-oriented funds and enabling investments in environmentally friendly future companies. Länsförsäkringar Fondförvaltning manages both equity and fixed income funds and invests in a large number of companies worldwide. Investing responsibly is important in all Länsförsäkringar's funds, but there are four funds that are distinguished by the fact that they have an extra high level of sustainability. Together, the funds form a Vision family. – The four funds that are part of the Vision family are Länsförsäkringar Global Vision, Länsförsäkringar Sverige Vision, Länsförsäkringar Företagsobligation Vision and Länsförsäkringar Småbolag Sverige Vision. These are our more sustainability-oriented funds and what distinguishes them from other sustainability funds is that the companies in which the funds invest are selected based on an extended sustainability analysis, says Sofia Aulin, sustainability manager at Länsförsäkringar's fund company. Read more about Länsförsäkringar's sustainability-oriented funds here. An investment that is part of the journeyThe sustainability-oriented funds primarily choose to make investments that contribute to sustainable societal development – and avoid companies that are not responsible. Sofia Aulin explains that they mainly look for companies with strong sustainability work, which, for example, have ambitious environmental goals and robust policies. In addition, companies that provide products and services that contribute to a more sustainable society. – It can be about everything from renewable energy and recycling solutions to social sustainability with new health solutions. Then we also look for companies that are in a transition and are on the road to improved sustainability. In this way, you get to be part of the improvement journey and take part of the return on the road, she says. Read more about responsible investments at Länsförsäkringar here. Increased interest in sustainabilityLänsförsäkringar notices that interest in sustainability-oriented funds is growing and they receive several inquiries from their customers who want to know more about how their savings are invested. For Länsförsäkringar, it is important to be a player that stands for sustainability-oriented alternatives and actively contributes to change. – For us, it is very important to offer sustainability-oriented funds and we see that it is only becoming more and more important – on several levels. There is a shift in the entire market from many different perspectives, including increased regulatory requirements within sustainability and interest from savers. In the long term, the intention is to contribute to sustainable value creation based on both financial, environmental and social values, says Sofia Aulin. Historical returns are no guarantee of future returns. Your fund units can both increase and decrease in value and it is not certain that you will get back the entire invested capital.Facts:Länsförsäkringar has a climate-smart vision which, among other things, means that all funds will have an emission level by 2030 that is in line with the Paris Agreement's goal of limiting global warming to 1.5˚C. Read more about Länsförsäkringar's climate-smart vision here.
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