Swedbank Robur appointed Fund company of the year
Fondmarknaden.se has appointed Swedbank Robur to the Fund Company of the year 2020. Earlier this week, Swedbank Robur Ny Teknik won the Industry Fund of the Year as well as Fund of the Year, and Swedbank Robur Global Fund the category Global Fund of the Year.
Swedbank Robur wins the award as Fund Company of the Year with the following motivation from fondmarknaden.se:
“In addition to win first place in the categories Industry Fund of the Year, Global Fund of the Year and Fund of the Year, the winning Fund company has also top listings in the categories; Swedish funds, Nordic funds, European funds and Japan funds. You can really say that Swedbank Robur has had a strong asset management year, and that the good results in the various categories are a positive sign of the company's broad asset management competence. In addition to this, Swedbank Robur also stands out as one of the most sustainable fund companies with good opportunities for its customers to find sustainable alternatives for their portfolios.”
“We are extremely happy and proud to be appointed Fund Company of the Year 2020 by fondmarknaden.se. It is a very nice proof receipt that Swedbank Robur's long-term perspective, solid asset management skills and forward-looking teamwork are creating value for our customers. I am also very pleased that our sustainability work is highlighted in the winner motivation, as our focus is to invest in companies with sustainable business models. As an asset manager, we want to take a clear position in issues that are important to our customers, the companies we invest in and society at large”, says Liza Jonson, CEO of Swedbank Robur.
Even though the market in 2020 was characterized by a high degree of uncertainty and volatility, Swedbank Robur made a very strong asset management result and generated a good return in value for its customers.
“Over the years, we have built up a very strong in-house team with over eighty skilled and experienced portfolio managers, sustainability analysts and corporate governance specialists, who work together to create value for our customers. The fact that during such a turbulent market year we also achieve the strong results we do, emphasize furthermore the importance of having good internal cooperation, a broad and deep competence, and a forward-looking focus with a well-integrated sustainability perspective throughout your business”, says Liza Jonson.
Swedbank Robur took several concrete steps in 2020 to achieve its overall climate goals that their total fund capital should be managed in line with the Paris Agreement in 2025 and carbon neutral in 2040. The fund company's climate strategy, adopted in early 2020, was also fully integrated into operations during the past year and is now a central part of investment strategies, processes and portfolio management. Swedbank Robur also launched six new climate-smart Access Edge funds, which benefit investments in companies with low greenhouse gas emissions and aim to have an approximately 50 percent lower carbon footprint than its benchmark index. Furthermore, the funds invest approximately 10 percent of the holdings in companies that the fund company deems to contribute to solving the climate crisis. During the year, Transition Energy was also launched, a fund that invests globally in industries that contribute to sustainable energy conversion such as energy generation, new technology, energy efficiency and energy storage.
Carina Sesser Nylund, Press Manager, Swedbank Robur ph. +46 72 230 52 64
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Swedbank Robur is a wholly owned subsidiary to Swedbank and active in Swedbank´s four home markets. Swedbank Robur was founded in 1967 and offers more than 80 mutual funds, institutional and discretionary asset management and management of pension funds. The number of customers is 3 million in Sweden and 1 million in the Baltic countries. Assets under management are approximately SEK 1 500 billion, of which approximately SEK 800 billion (2019) in mutual funds. Swedbank Robur’s vision is to become a world leader in sustainable value creation.