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Sustainable innovation

Innovation, entrepreneurship, collaboration and an international perspective are part of our DNA, and we are a driving force and catalyst in the sustainability finance transition.

In the sustainability financial market SEB pioneered by developing the Green Bond concept in close collaboration with investors and the World Bank in 2007–2008, as a response to increased investor demand for engagement in climate-related opportunities.

Since then the green bond market has expanded to include social bonds, sustainable bonds, sustainability-linked bonds, green loans and sustainability-linked loans.

SEB was among the initial participants in defining and launching ICMA’s Green Bond Principles (2013/2014), and contributes as an executive Board member of the Green Bond Principles, Social Bond Principles, Sustainability Bond Guidelines and Sustainability-Linked Bond Principles. We have thus for long been a core stakeholder in establishing the common ground for labelled bonds, an important contribution to scale and to mitigate green washing in a fast-growing market.

The Impact Metric Tool

Among the sustainable finance products we have invented is the SEB Impact Metric Tool. This advisory tool analyses sustainability factors of investment portfolios. It measures environmental, social and governance aspects of a company’s operations, the SDG and EU Taxonomy alignment of its products and services, and highlights the financial exposure to physical and transition risks on investments.
The Impact Metric Tool can also be used to provide SEB’s customers with portfolio analyses and periodic reports, to design new portfolios, and to set internal key performance indicators for existing portfolios.
SEB Impact Metric Tool (IMT)

SEB Greentech Venture Capital

SEB Greentech VC is a unit within SEB that invests venture capital in green technology, a sector that is undergoing rapid development and will play a key role in the transition to a more sustainable society. The unit initially focuses on Nordic companies developing solutions that in a decisive way can improve the use of natural resources and reduce negative ecological impacts, for example in areas such as renewable energy, energy storage, water and agricultural technology, circular business models and waste management.
SEB Greentech has made investments in companies that are developing sustainable chemical production, technology for wave energy and methods of producing environment-friendly bio-coal, as well as planning tools that help cities reduce their carbon footprint. 
SEB Greentech VC

SEB’s Innovation Forum

SEB’s Innovation Forum is a platform that gives newly launched innovation companies with connections to Sweden’s higher education sector the opportunity to meet potential
Investors in SEB’s network. Since the Innovation Forum began in 2014, over 110 companies have had the opportunity to present themselves, while the investors invited have accounted
for between 40 and 60 per cent of these companies’ capital acquisition.
SEB's Innovation Forum (in Swedish)

Contact us

SEB's sustainability experts have extensive knowledge in areas such as climate and financing solutions, sustainable investments and regulatory development in the European Union.


Reach out to our sustainability contacts