Before investing in a company we carefully assess it from a sustainability perspective. The assessment is made using our sustainability model, which provides a solid foundation for our work with integration.
Integration is about applying a systematic sustainability analysis during investments. More specifically, it is about making sure all sustainability issues are considered, analysed, quantified – and that sustainability is promoted – before, during and after each individual investment decision.
Our sustainability model
SEB Investment Management has developed its own sustainability model which – employing several external and internal data sources – gives each potential investment a sustainability rating. The rating is based on risks, adverse impacts, opportunities, the global sustainability goals, carbon footprint, etcetera and gives us an overview of each company's sustainability profile.
The purpose of the sustainability model is to give each company an individual, relevant, significant and forward-looking rating. The sustainability rating provides guidance on which sustainability factors that may have a negative impact on long-term risks and returns for the company in question.
Through our sustainability analysis we focus on specific sector risks, adverse impacts, the sustainability aspects of different products and services, as well as impact in relation to long-term sustainable value creation.
SEB Investment Management's sustainability model is a dynamic tool that will be continuously developed to ensure adaptation to both scientific research and changes in legislation. In our Sustainability Policy and in our Climate Statement you can learn more about how we work with identifying companies that contribute to a sustainable development.
The European Commission's Green Deal
The European Commission's Green Deal contains several initiatives in the field of sustainable financing which include mandatory rules that affect asset managers. According to the new regulation – sometimes called the “disclosure regulation” or “SFDR” (Sustainable Finance Disclosure Regulation) – asset managers are obliged to report on how their funds consider sustainability risks and aspects, starting from 10 March 2021.
The regulation categorizes funds according to three articles: Article 6, Article 8 and Article 9. At SEB IM we have reviewed all our funds, in order to assess which article they best correspond to. You can find information about each fund's sustainability profile in the fund list on our website.
Below we describe how we have classified our funds:
- Article 6 are funds that consider sustainability risks when making investment decisions and that follow SEB IM's sustainability policy but – due to their investment focus, methodology or investment universe – are not able to fully promote environmental or social characteristics.
- Article 8 are funds that promote environmental or social characteristics. These funds invest in companies that work actively to manage risks and opportunities related to sustainable development – from an environmental as well as a social perspective. The funds have an ongoing dialogue with companies regarding improvements, while they exclude companies that have a negative long-term impact.
- Article 9 are funds that have sustainable investment as their primary goal. The purpose of these funds is to create a long-term sustainable effect by investing in companies that actively contribute to mitigating climate change, through e.g. providing solutions that reduce carbon dioxide emissions.
SEB Investment Management AB is a wholly owned subsidiary of Skandinaviska Enskilda Banken AB. The fund company was formed May 19, 1978, with headquarters in Stockholm and organization number 556197-3719.