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Sophie Nachemson-Ekwall
2020-02-07
Policy brief
Sweden
Impacts, Institutional investors, Sustainable Development Goals

Institutional investors as drivers of sustainability-related bonds

Engagement by the financial sector is seen as essential to society’s ability to cope with growing stresses on welfare systems and the demands presented in the United Nation’s 17 Sustainability Development Goals or SDGs.

Sweden has been a front runner in green bonds but the country lags behind many other western economies on sustainability-related and socially labelled bonds.

This research focuses on the role Swedish institutional investors might play in the development of a Swedish market for sustainability-related and social bonds. It shows that there is increasing activity outside of the public eye among Swedish financial market actors and their stakeholders that could propel the market for sustainability-related and social bonds.