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Sampo Group is committed to responsible investment and signed the UN Principles for Responsible Investment (PRI) in 2019.
Environmental, social, and governance (ESG) issues, including climate change, have an impact on the performance, risks, and value of all companies. Taking these issues into consideration in the investment process is an important means of improving the risk-return ratio of investments, and it is a critical success factor for investment activities
At Sampo Group, responsible investment is defined as an approach to managing assets so that ESG issues are incorporated into investment analysis, decision-making, and reporting. Responsible investment also includes active ownership related to ESG issues. Responsible investment practices aim to combine better risk management with improved portfolio returns, and to reflect investor values. It complements traditional financial analysis and, therefore, ESG issues are considered in parallel with other factors affecting the risk-return ratio of investments.
The sustainability field is very broad and develops rapidly, which means that the list of criteria to consider in ESG analysis is growing. Environmental factors (E) cover e.g., climate change, deforestation, biodiversity, resource management, pollution, and waste management. Social factors (S) include e.g., human rights, labor rights, supply chain management, workplace health and safety, and the company’s relationship with different stakeholder groups. Governance (G) covers e.g., leadership, compensation, audits, internal controls, and shareholder rights.
Sampo plc, If, and Mandatum have a common group-wide infrastructure for investment management, which is managed by Mandatum Asset Management (MAM). Hastings and Topdanmark manage their investments independently according to their own investment policies and provide data for group-level reporting regularly. The ESG team at MAM provides support on responsible investment related matters and coordinates group-level reporting.