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Swedfund International AB

PRI reporting framework 2019

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Promoting responsible investment

SG 09. Collaborative organisations / initiatives

09.1. Select the collaborative organisation and/or initiatives of which your organisation is a member or in which it participated during the reporting year, and the role you played.

Select all that apply

Your organisation’s role in the initiative during the reporting period (see definitions)

Provide a brief commentary on the level of your organisation’s involvement in the initiative. [Optional]

Swedfund is a member of the SDG Advisory Committee 

Your organisation’s role in the initiative during the reporting period (see definitions)

Provide a brief commentary on the level of your organisation’s involvement in the initiative. [Optional]

Swedfund is a member of the GIIN's Gender Lens Investing WG and has been a speaker at one of the WG's webinars on the topic of our Internal Impact framework and Gender work, in relation to the GIIN's Navigating Impact project 

Your organisation’s role in the initiative during the reporting period (see definitions)

Provide a brief commentary on the level of your organisation’s involvement in the initiative. [Optional]

Swedfund reports inspired by the Framework by the IIRC

Your organisation’s role in the initiative during the reporting period (see definitions)

Provide a brief commentary on the level of your organisation’s involvement in the initiative. [Optional]

Swedfund is a signatory and report in its annual report on progress towards UN GC. 

          European Development Finance Institutions (EDFI)
        

Your organisation’s role in the initiative during the reporting year (see definitions)

Provide a brief commentary on the level of your organisation’s involvement in the initiative. [Optional]

Swedfund is member of the European Development Finance Institutions (EDFI). As one out of 15 members we take an active role in the collaboration wtihin EDFI. We actively participate in all the expert working groups: Environmental & Social (E&S), Development Effects (DE), Legal, CEO, HR, Communication and Corporate Governance. 

http://www.edfi.be/

          Gender finance collaborative
        

Your organisation’s role in the initiative during the reporting year (see definitions)

Provide a brief commentary on the level of your organisation’s involvement in the initiative. [Optional]

In 2018 Swedfund signed the joint statement for the commitment the collaborative, consisting of 14 Developmen Finance Institutions (DFIs) plus the European Investment Bank (EIB), supporting the development of shared financing principles, definitions and methodologies to promote the integration of “gender smart” decision-making into investment processes and operations.

During the reporting year Swedfund also organised the first in-person meeting of the Gender finance collaborative with the purpose to advance women empowerment through responsible investments 

 

 

          The Swedish Governments network for state owned companies; Sustainable Business.
        

Your organisation’s role in the initiative during the reporting year (see definitions)

Provide a brief commentary on the level of your organisation’s involvement in the initiative. [Optional]

We participate in the different workshops and seminars that are arranged for this group of state owned comanies. As a consequence of this we, togethor with a few other companies, have taken the initiative to form a working group on the implementation on UN Guiding Principles. 

          IFI's Harmonized Development Results Indicators for Private Sector Investment Operations
        

Your organisation’s role in the initiative during the reporting year (see definitions)

Provide a brief commentary on the level of your organisation’s involvement in the initiative. [Optional]

Swedfund has participated in the initiative among 25 DFI/IFIs to harmonise results indicators for private sector investment operations. 

https://indicators.ifipartnership.org/


SG 09.2. Assets managed by PRI signatories

Indicate approximately what percentage (+/- 5%) of your externally managed assets under management are managed by PRI signatories.

26 %

SG 10. Promoting RI independently

10.1. Indicate if your organisation promotes responsible investment, independently of collaborative initiatives.

10.2. Indicate the actions your organisation has taken to promote responsible investment independently of collaborative initiatives. Provide a description of your role in contributing to the objectives of the selected action and the typical frequency of your participation/contribution.

Description

          Through our Technical Assistance funding we have supported selected portfolio companies e.g in areas of environment and social management systems and gender equality (Women4Growth Programme, please see section PE 07.3). We have also published an anti-corruption management system for our portfolio companies including recommended e-learnings on anti-corruption (please see SG 06)
        

Frequency of contribution

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          We have provided interviews to students on our responsible investment practices
        

Frequency of contribution

Description

          Swedfund representatives regularly speak at various events (e.g investment forums, student events, network events) on our work with our three pillars (please see OO 11.4) and the impact gained through responsible investments, as well as through membership in SweSif (Sweden's Sustainable Investment Forum)
        

Frequency of contribution

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          Continuous membership
        

Description

          Swedfund representatives regularly speak at various events (e.g investment forums, student events, network events) on our work with our three pillars (please see OO 11.4) and the impact gained through responsible investments.
        

Frequency of contribution

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          Participated in consultation with IFC regarding Impact management principles
        

Frequency of contribution

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          Swedfund regularly publishes information on investment activities through its blog Swedfund Frankly 
http://swedfundfrankly.se/
        

Frequency of contribution

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          Member of PRI's SDG advisory committee

Member of African pricate equity and venture capital Association's Sustainability committee (AUCA)
        

Frequency of contribution

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          Swedfund's CEO sits in the board of Stockholm Sustainable Finance Centre
        

Frequency of contribution

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          Please refer to SG 10.3 below
        

Description

          Please refer to SG 10.3 below
        

Frequency of contribution

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          Please refer to SG 10.3 below
        

10.3. Describe any additional actions and initiatives that your organisation has taken part in during the reporting year to promote responsible investment [Optional]

 

  • Swedfund has held bilateral stake-holder dialogues with civil society and parliamentarians organizations on topics related to responsible investments and Agenda 2030.
  • Swedfund has held stakeholder dialogues on its annual Integrated Report and to discuss updates in Swedfund’s sustainability policy. In connection with the dialogue, Swedfund published its draft sustainability policy on its web site inviting for comments.
  • Swedfund has been invited to the Africa Department and to the Global Agenda Department at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs to speak of its work with Responsible investments, Swedfund’s three pillars and Swedfund’s work to advance Agenda 2030.
  • Swedfund has participated in panel discussions on responsible investments, investments in Africa, the role of women as promotors of inclusive growth.
  • Swedfund organised the first in-person meeting of the Gender Collaborative with the purpose to advance women empowerment through responsible investments.

 


SG 11. Dialogue with public policy makers or standard setters

11.1. Indicate if your organisation - individually or in collaboration with others - conducted dialogue with public policy makers or regulators in support of responsible investment in the reporting year.

If yes

11.2. Select the methods you have used.

11.3. Where you have made written submissions (individually or collaboratively) to governments and regulatory authorities, indicate if these are publicly available.

11.4. Provide a brief description of the main topics your organisation has engaged with public policy-makers or regulators on.

  • Swedfund organized a panel discussion and invited State Secretary for Development Cooperations alongside civil society to discuss how to accelerate Agenda 2030 by responsible investments.
  • At the annual meeting of European development finance institutions May 2018, public policy makers were invited to participate in a dialogue on how to promote responsible investments, blended finance and its importance for accelerating Agenda 2030.
  • As part of the official Swedish delegation to the annual World Bank/IMF-meeting, Swedfund participated in side events, panels and bilateral meetings and could show that the company's priorities complies with the Swedish priorities: environmental and climate sustainability, equality and gender equality, combating capital and tax evasion, fair working conditions (decent work) and focus on the least developed countries (LDCs). Swedfund could illustrate this with practical examples from our activities: monitoring of the portfolio companies' compliance of the ILO's core conventions, climate investments (see SG 14.6), Women4Growth (see PE 07.3), country-by-country reporting tax.
  • Swedfund has engaged with parliamentarians on its mission and its work to Advance Agenda 2030.
  • Swedfund has participated in panel discussions on responsible investments, investments in Africa, the role of women as promotors of inclusive growth.

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