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Friday 24 May 2019


Sampension invests in German sustainable bonds

Written by Sunniva Kolostyak

Sampension, Arkitekternes Pensionskasse and Pensionskassen for Jordbrugsakademikere og Dyrlæger invests DKK 90m (€12m) in German sustainable bonds.

The bonds, issued by the German state North Rine-Westphalia, are earmarked for initiatives in seven categories, including climate protection and energy transition, protection of natural resources, as well as education and research on sustainability.

The collective German investment portfolio is mainly aimed at projects which can lead to a clear environmental or social reward.

Sampension’s deputy investment officer Jesper Nørgaard said in a statement that the funds chose sustainable bonds because they first and foremost is a good investment.

“That said, we are also investing in this because we prioritise responsibility and sustainability highly in the Sampension parnership’s work on ESG.”

“Compared to other investments we make, DKK 90m is relatively small, but a little can also help, and we expect there to be more of this type of investment, which is directly linked to sustainability,” Nørgaard said.

The partnership has together invested around DKK 4.5bn (€603m) in forest, and DKK 2bn (€268m) in solutions promoting renewable and green energy. Sampension also stated that a lot of the companies in which it invests, has sustainability and a green transition high up on the agenda.

Sampension has previously invested DKK 120m in green bonds from the Nordic Investment Bank.

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