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About our Sustainable Investments

Sustainable investment can take many forms. The goal of the Church of Sweden’s national level is to be a responsible owner in as a diverse manner as possible. This means that we plan for the long-term and are active owners who make good use of the opportunities presented to influence both the business and financial sectors in an effort to promote sustainability now and in the future.

Based on the values of human rights and the environment

Our financial policy is based upon two fundamental values: the principle of human dignity and the concept of stewardship as reflected in international environmental and human rights conventions and existing frameworks for responsible business. Based upon these two principles, asset management complements other efforts towards sustainable development within the Church of Sweden, at home and abroad.

Our sustainable perspective on investment has created potential for better return - ours is above index - and this has also gained us recognition as one of the worlds leading sustainable investors. 

We strive after investing in companies that through their actions, goods or services contribute to a sustainable development. We are active owners with the ambition to influence companies in our portfolio to take their responsibility, in case they do not live up to our sustainabilty standards. This is done as a dialogue with the companies, mainly in cooperation with other investors.   

On this page about ”Our sustainable investments” you can find out about why we work with this, what other actors we are cooperating with and how our investments are beneficial to society.  On the page ”Our working method” you can find out about our finance policy and investment model from allocation of capital via selection of asset managers to screening and follow-up.  

Read the report ”Sustainable Investments 2019” here. 

Read the financial policy and the Responsible Investment Instructions for ethical and sustainable Asset Management on this page. 

Sustainabilty and and long-term strategy has generated stable return

Assets at the national level of the Church of Sweden, which are maintained as a buffer against future needs, totalled approximately SEK 9.6 billion at year-end 2019. The internal regulations of the Church of Sweden (the Church Order) state that asset management must take a long-term perspective, with an annual return requirement of 3 per cent above inflation over a rolling ten-year period, on top of the inflation. Accumulated, returns under management since 2000 have been 153 per cent, corresponding to 4.8 per cent per annum. The target return for the corresponding period was 156 per cent.

Financing efforts in dioceses and parishes

The financial return enables efforts in dioceses and parishes when there is a need for this. The Church Assembly, the Church of Sweden’s highest decision making body has regularly decided upon withdrawals from the national level’s assets and in 2019 it decided that a withdrawal of approximately SEK 200 million per year should be made to finance different projects in the country’s parishes.

Dioceses and parishes can also consult with the financial unit of the Church of Sweden at the national level to receive assistance and advice on financial matters.

The finance policy sets the direction

All activities of the Church of Sweden are permeated by long term thinking and sustainable development for humans and the environment.

The policy is based upon two fundamental values: the principle of human dignity and the concept of stewardship as reflected in international environmental and human rights conventions and existing frameworks for responsible business. Based upon these two principles, asset management complements other efforts towards sustainable development within the Church of Sweden, at home and abroad.

Do you want to know more? Contact us!

Anders  Thorendal

Anders Thorendal

Finance

Chief Investment Officer

Gunnela Hahn

Gunnela Hahn

Finance

Head of Sustainable Investment