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Responsibility and transparency coursing through our Nordic veins

The role is continuously changing as ESG investing is evolving. Many say they are doing it, but how do you know it's true?  And when does it really matter?  What learnings can be shared with those that are in the beginning of the process?

A culture of ESG must course through the veins of a company.


More than two decades of ESG investing 

Evli has been integrating ESG in its investments since late 90s, been a UN PRI signatory since 2010 and has published public fund ESG reports since 2017.

Evli employees and Nordic nature picture collage.

ESG should be integrated into the daily work of every fund manager, analyst and person working at a company – not separated and outsourced to a small team.

- Maunu Lehtimäki, CEO

Evli’s CEO delivers more and promises less on responsible investment

It has to do with our corporate culture. Evli has been doing many different things on the ESG front but, before going out and sharing them with a wider audience, we wanted to ensure that everything is in place. We didn’t want to make promises or mislead clients into thinking we are doing something that we are not.

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What does responsibility look like?

Is it about a sustainable future, about creating ethical work environments? Or is it about putting client interests first and giving clients the opportunity to make the most informed decisions possible? Maybe about acting in ways that makes us proud of our legacy?

Find out from our people, who implement responsibility in their daily work!


An asset manager’s utmost duty is to help clients increase their wealth

Unless something as existential as the environment and climate change are taken into consideration, the fiduciary duty will be failed. At Evli, we believe that a culture of RI and ESG must course through the veins of a company. We believe the scientists when they say that a dramatic change in CO2 emissions is imperative, else the operating environment for many industries will become unviable and thousands of businesses across the world will be severely affected. 

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Roles of responsible investment and ESG put under the microscope - Listen to the Evli Podcast!

The third series of the Evli Podcast explores the changing role of ESG and responsible investment in the asset management industry. We discuss the importance of transparency and clarity, both when implementing ESG and when doing ESG reporting. Tune in!

Episode 1: The changing role of responsible investing and ESG

What’s the difference between greenwashing and a coherent ESG strategy? Evli’s Head of Sustainability, Outi Helenius, and Head of Institutional clients, Kim Pessala, dissect the matter together with host Petter von Bonsdorff. 

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Episode 2: Does responsible investing and ESG narrow investment spaces?

Host Petter von Bonsdorff is joined by Evli's Tomas Hildebrant, a Senior Portfolio Manager, and Janne Kujala, Head of Nordic Equities. The three take a deep dive into the company’s way of implementing ESG and responsible investing, before discussing how ESG strategies can offer new opportunities without hampering portfolio results. 

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Episode 3: An external perspective

In this last episode, we are joined by Philip Kalus, who has almost 30 years of experience in the asset management industry, and is the  founder and managing partner of Accelerando Intelligence. He helps us in gaining a wider understanding of the metrics and methods of compiling ESG reports.

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When I started at Evli about 5 years ago, I sat down with the portfolio managers to discuss ESG and responsible investing. It turned out that they already were following the approach, and had been for decades. They had simply thought that ESG and responsible investing were something else.

- Outi Helenius, Head of Sustainability

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