The pressure to invest green: Returns and sustainability must go hand in hand

Member pressure to invest greener has been a given since Anders Schelde joined Akademikerpension more than three ago. Even though he and the rest of the management understand the feeling of urgency from members, changes have to be made in a responsible manner, Schelde says.

Anders Schelde, CIO at Akademikerpension. | Photo: PR/MP Pension

Akademikerpension is one of the front runners in terms of green investments. In 2016, the DKK **115bn pension fund decided to align its investment policy with the goals of the Paris Agreement.

In Danish media, the pension fund's CEO, Jens Munch Holst, and CIO Anders Schelde have become well-known faces. They always show up to explain the responsible investment portfolio they manage on behalf of 140,000 current and former M.A's, M.Sc.'s and Ph.D's, mainly employed in the public sector at universities and upper secondary schools.

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