Responsible investment with us
We are committed to the principles of responsible investment, which we follow when investing on behalf of ourselves and customers. We believe that investment targets can be achieved by positive screening to ensure responsible investments and by nudging companies towards greater sustainability.
We highlight ESG — environmental, social and governance — issues in order to improve yield and risk profiles. We act responsibly by eliminating questionable companies, analysing companies’ degree of responsibility, impacting on companies, and voting in annual meetings.
What is responsible and ethical investment?
Responsible investment means taking account of environmental, social and governance issues when investing. Responsible companies act as sustainably as possible and take account of their impact on the environment and society, while still seeking to make a profit. A socially responsible company will thrive and succeed in the long run.
Ethical investment is often mentioned in connection with responsible investment. Ethical investment means taking account of the investor’s values in investment decisions and eliminating certain companies and sectors accordingly.
We avoid all direct and active investment in, for example, ethically dubious arms manufacturers and companies in breach of international norms. In addition, we offer mutual funds that filter out certain industries on a broader basis.
Why invest responsibly?
Responsible investment and saving is a way of impacting on your own and our shared future. A responsible investor seeks better returns and lower risk exposure by opting for investments which take account of the environment, social responsibility and governance.
A socially responsible company can have a direct impact on its value and share price by reducing its business risks. When companies take account of issues such as environmental and human rights, investors have no need to fear reputational damage and the knock-on effects on returns.
How to invest responsibly?
Responsible and ethical investment is a sustainable approach to growing your savings. It is about opting to invest in companies that live up to their environmental, social and governance responsibilities.
Socially responsible stocks – tips from the OP Equity Research service
The OP Equity Research service provides responsibility analyses to help investors make the right choices. OP Equity Research covers all companies on the OMX Helsinki 25 index and provides company-specific analyses. Information on ESG development and goals can be found in the analyses’ responsibility sections. There is also information on key social responsibility drivers of the business and market in question. To read analyses, log into the op.fi service (an analysis fee is payable if you do not have the saver’s/investor’s service package).
Businesses’ own ESG reports give an indication of their level of social responsibility. These report on factors such as carbon footprint, corporate governance, social responsibility, sustainable development and environmental impact.
Responsible investment funds
Responsible investment funds for investors of all kinds. Our responsible investment funds promote practices that nurture environmental and social responsibility, and good governance.
We have a wide range of ETF funds for responsible investors. You can choose more diversified products based on ESG ratings, or more targeted products based on themes such as clean energy production. Use our ETF search engine or list of responsible ETFs to explore our range of products (requires login and purchase of saver’s/investor’s package).
Responsible structured investment products
Structured investment products are another regular source of alternatives for responsible investors. In these products, the underlying asset consists of the most responsible companies in the sector. In addition, the negative screening list we use complies with OP Asset Management’s responsible investment principles.