Varma has received the highest score of A+ for the company’s responsible investment strategy and governance in an assessment by the UN’s Principles for Responsible Investment.
Of the various asset classes, Varma’s equity, private equity and real estate funds, as well as direct equity investments, also earned the highest score.
Varma signed the UN’s Principles for Responsible Investment in 2011. The principles concern taking environmental, social and corporate governance factors into account in investment operations. Varma is committed to promoting sustainability in its investment operations in line with PRI, which means incorporating ESG matters in investment processes and actively developing the ownership policy, among other things.
“Sustainability is an integral part of Varma’s investment operations, so it follows that we pay close attention to companies’ sustainability during the investment decision making process. Portfolio managers have done a good job of integrating sustainability matters in their work. As an active owner, we also address sustainability issues in our meetings with companies, and we strive to engage with entire industries through joint initiatives with international investors,” says Varma’s Responsible Investment Analyst, Vesa Syrjäläinen.