Negative and Norm based screening
The Storebrand Standard applies to all internally managed funds and portfolios, including all Fixed Income investments, and covers:
1) Product related exclusions: controversial weapons (landmines, cluster munitions, nuclear weapons, chemical/biological weapons) and tobacco
2) Controversial issues: human rights and international humanitarian law, corruption and economic crime, environmental degradation
3) Sector specific exclusions: lowest performing companies in high risk industries + climate related (companies with over 25% of revenues from coal or planned coal fired plants over 1000MW, oil sand companies, palm oil companies causing deforestation).
As of Q4 2019 182 companies were excluded.
Positive/Best in Class screening
The Storebrand Sustainability rating covering 4000 companies also includes fixed income funds and portfolios. Ratings are on a 1-100 scale and capture whether companies are contributing positively or negatively to financially material Sustainable Development Goals. Analyses leading to the rating are theme/SDG based. Some types of bonds (Norwegian regional banks, Swedish Covered Bonds and Bonds issued by Norwegian/Swedish communes are given a group score based on ratings from the Financial sector in these countries.
On the basis of this sustainability rating, fixed income funds are rated on a scale of 1-10.