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Swedish Investors for Sustainable Development

Swedish Investors for Sustainable Development (SISD) explores the role of investors in the Global Goals for Sustainable Development. It is a concrete example of Goal 17: Partnerships for the goals. Competitors work side by side with a development agency on both pressing development issues and investment opportunities.

Swedish investors working together for the SDGs

Swedish Investors for Sustainable Development (SISD) is a partnership comprising 20 of the largest financial actors on the Swedish market as well as Sida. They are competitors working side by side with the largest challenges of our times in a partnership for the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

SISD was formed in 2016 and works to explore the role of investors, risks and opportunities related to the 2030 Agenda through learning, sharing experiences, voluntary projects and communication. The partnership aims to promote engagement around SDGs and contribute to the international dialogue on the role of investors.

The work is conducted in working groups and presented and aggregated to the whole group at network meetings and CEO-meetings.

Aims to inspire other countries

SISD also aims to inspire other countries and actors to work with investors and the private sector to achieve the SDGs. Financial actors, pension funds, asset managers and investment companies are important actors needed to achieve and finance the SDGs.

Six working groups with different focus

SISD consists of six working groups working on different themes and each group shares ideas, experiences and learnings with the rest of the network.

Goal 5 – Gender equality

This group focuses on the potential that lies in empowering women, women’s labour market participation and women’s representation in leadership positions in investment companies.

Goal 6 – Clean water and sanitation

This working group explores investment opportunities in fresh water infrastructure. The group promotes engagement and corporate governance to stimulate better water management in the sectors food, beverage, garment and mining.

Goal 8 – Economic growth and decent work

This group has worked on indicators for decent work and economic growth in company reporting. It also addresses decent work in the green sector and in supply chains within the same sector. Some participants also have started to invest in microfinance.

Goal 11 – Sustainable cities

This group is exploring investment opportunities in connection to sustainable cities. It is also studying good governance when it comes to investing in green buildings and sustainable cities.

Goal 13 – Climate action

This group explores climate reporting alternatives such as Task Force on Climate-related Financial Disclosures (TCFD).

Goal 16 – Peace, justice and strong institutions, with a focus on anti-corruption

This group addresses anti-corruption from an investor perspective and how investors can stimulate better company performance.

Opportunities and obstacles for Agenda 2030 investments

This group examines investment opportunities and obstacles within the context of the SDGs. Through Sida, SISD is also part of UN Global Compact financial innovation platform.

Goal and purpose:

  • Sida and SISD identify, invite and host interesting lecturers and inspirers to promote learning on issues clearly identified within the SDGs.
  • Working groups concentrate on SDGs 5, 6, 8, 11, 13 and 16, with a focus on anti-corruption.
  • Discuss the relevance, opportunities and challenges of the SDGs for investors in the international context.
  • Stimulate other actors to take action on investments that support the SDGs.
  • Explore investment opportunities in line with the 2030 Agenda.
  • Discuss prerequisites for work related to the 2030 Agenda.

SISD partners

AP2
AP3
AP4
AP7
Alecta
AMF
Carl Bennet AB
East Capital
Folksam
Handelsbanken Fonder
Industrivärden
Investor
Kinnevik
Nordea Asset Management
SEB Life and Investments
Skandia
SPP
Svenska kyrkan
Swedbank Robur
Swedfund

Sida serves as a facilitator and catalyser.

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Updated: 23 December 2020