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Solutions Magazine

Please note that the Luxembourg Domiciled Storebrand ESG Plus LUX, Storebrand Global Multifactor LUX, and Storebrand Global Solutions LUX were launched in June, 2019. All publications below refer to the Norwegian Domiciled Funds.

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At a time of international unrest, both socially and financially, our first reactions are often short-term and driven by fear. Our job as investors is to not only minimize the immediate negative financial effects, but to ensure that the investments we make on behalf of our clients contribute to an economic recovery that is stable and more sustainable in the long-term. In this edition of Solutions we look at the how the new EU regulation may transform sustainability, why solutions companies are important, and how the Storebrand Group believes in exercising our rights as shareholders.

Recent the fires in the Amazonas have set deforestation at the top of the agenda. The ecosystems are fragile and with loss of tree cover comes loss of rainfall, and in the summer months the forest becomes a tinder box, greatly exacerbating seasonal fires. In this edition of Solutions, the focus is on the deforestation and how access to clean water is one of the biggest challenges facing our society today.

We discuss tackling climate change from an investor’s perspective with articles on our successful engagement with Equinor, the cost of ESG and a case study on Scatec Solar, a solutions company. We also look at how bribery and corruption undermine sustainable development.

Climate change is considered to be the most important environmental, social and governance (ESG) factor influencing the portfolios of companies that are signatories of the UN Principles for Responsible Investments (PRI). A better understanding of climate-related risks and opportunities helps both companies and investors to improve their practice.

In this edition of Solutions, we focus particularly on one of the main drivers of deforestation in South-East Asia, namely palm oil production. Two of our analysts recently toured palm oil plantations in Indonesia, met with companies operating in the area and visited indigenous peoples dependent on the forests for their livelihood. They returned with both a better understanding of the problems associated with palm oil and a renewed sense of urgency that we hope will be contagious.

«Never let a good crisis go to waste»