We build a sustainable future through responsibility and impact in all asset classes
We believe that businesses that operate in a responsible manner, in accordance with sustainable norms, are more profitable in the long term than companies that do not operate sustainably. To us, responsible investment means taking responsibility matters into account, when striving to achieve the best possible return on the chosen risk level. When we speak of responsible investment activities, we refer to every action that considers environmental, social and governance (ESG) factors.
Aktia has had its own principles of responsible investment since 2006 and signed the UN supported Principles for Responsible Investment (PRI) in 2010, as well as the UN supported Principles for Responsible Banking (PRB) in 2022.
Our method of responsible investment is based on exclusion, ESG integration, norm-based screening, active ownership, and engagement. We also strive to form a comprehensive picture of the investment objects’ impact on society. Responsibility is an integral part of our investment activities, and the principles of responsible investment are complied with in all the funds we manage. Moreover, as an integrated part of the investment process, we consider the economic impact ESG factors have on the investment objects. We also take into consideration the principal adverse impacts on sustainability and most of the funds we manage and provide are aligned with SFDR Article 8 or Article 9.
Central international agreements and norms, such as the UN Universal Declaration of Human Rights and corresponding UN conventions, UN Sustainable Development Goals, ILO conventions and OECD Guidelines for Multinational Enterprises, create a value system for responsible investment in Aktia’s investment activities.
Aktia launched its climate strategy in 2021. Moreover, we are a signatory of the Net Zero Asset Managers Initiative and a public supporter of the TCFD reporting recommendations. Our climate objectives, which extend to 2050, guide our activities across the Group. In investing, our goal is carbon neutrality in the investment portfolios by 2050, and in lending, the goal is to reduce carbon emissions and exposure. When it comes to Aktia Group’s own activities, the goal is to achieve net carbon neutrality in energy consumption of all rented premises by 2030 and in Aktia’s own operations by 2050. For 2025 and 2030 we have set interim targets to reduce the carbon footprints of our equity and credit funds.
Active and impactful partnerships
Aktia has had its own principles of responsible investment since 2006 and signed the UN supported Principles for Responsible Investment (PRI) in 2010, as well as the UN supported Principles for Responsible Banking (PRB) in 2022. We are also a member of the Finnish organization FINSIF (Finland´s Sustainable Investment Forum), that promotes responsible investment.
We participate in investor initiatives for climate change mitigation, such as the Net Zero Asset Managers Initiative, Climate Action 100+ and Science Based Targets (SBTi). In addition, we report on the climate impacts of our operations to CDP (Carbon Disclosure Project) and encourage companies to start climate reporting through CDP campaigns. We are also a public supporter of the TCFD (Task Force on Climate-related Financial Disclosures) recommendations. Additionally, Aktia is a member of AIMA (Alternative Investment Management Association), SBAI (Standards Board for Alternative Investments) and Green Building Council Finland and takes part in the advisory committee of the ASCOR Project (Assessing Sovereign Climate-related Opportunities and Risks).