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Nordea AM: “Best ESG European Equity Fund” by MainStreet Partners


Nordea Asset Management recognized for  “Best ESG European Equity Fund” at  MainStreet Partners ESG Champions 2024 awards

On 22 January 2024, MainStreet Partners, the London-based ESG partner of top-tier investors and distributors, announced Nordea 1- European Stars Equity Fund has won its 2024 “ESG Champions” award for Best ESG European Equity Fund.

The ESG Champions awards recognise a select number of funds and asset managers that have excelled within a universe of 7,700 strategies managed by over 360 asset managers. Awards were given across several broad categories spanning Equities, Fixed Income, Multi-Asset and Thematic investing.

Hilde Jenssen, Head of Fundamental Equities at Nordea Asset Management:

“We are honoured to be a recipient of this ESG Champions 2024 Award for Nordea 1 – European Stars Equity Fund. Capitalizing on our experience in ESG integration via the ESG STARS concept, the Fund aims to benefit from Europe’s many leading companies supporting the green transition and a strong Europe, thanks to our ESG enhanced and style agnostic bottom-up approach.”

Nordea 1 – European Stars Equity Fund taps into current trends around repowering the EU, relocation of supply chains and energy independence. Managers take a balanced approach to portfolio construction which aims to identify strong fundamentals and ESG cases within both the ‘Value’ and ‘Growth/Quality’ parts of the European market.

Neill Blanks, Research Director at MainStreet Partners:

"The Nordea 1 -  European Stars Equity Fund has been awarded Best ESG European Equity Fund. This recognition is attributed to its comprehensive integration of ESG principles throughout the entire process, encompassing portfolio construction, active ownership, and extensive ESG reporting. Despite the strategy being classified under SFDR Article 8, the Fundamental Equities Team seeks to invest in companies that lead in ESG solutions within Europe employing Nordea's STARS approach and a proprietary ESG score. This score evaluates Environmental, Social, and Governance KPIs while also considering alignment with Sustainable Development Goals." 

Mainstreet Partners ESG Champions commendation is only awarded if asset managers meet or excel the strict parameters set out by Mainstreet Partners experts. The methodology has evolved over 16 years and includes a holistic assessment of three core pillars, meaning firms’ ESG credentials are analysed not just on portfolio holdings but on the fund’s strategy and that of the asset management firm as a whole.


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About Nordea Asset Management

Nordea Asset Management (NAM, AuM 240bn EUR*), is part of the Nordea Group, the largest financial services group in the Nordic region (AuM 360bn EUR*). NAM offers European and global investors exposure to a broad set of investment funds. We serve a wide range of clients and distributors which include banks, asset managers, independent financial advisors and insurance companies.

Nordea Asset Management has a presence in Bonn, Brussels, Copenhagen, Frankfurt, Helsinki, Lisbon, London, Luxembourg, Madrid, Milan, New York, Oslo, Paris, Santiago de Chile, Singapore, Stockholm, Vienna and Zurich. Nordea's local presence goes hand in hand with the objective of being accessible and offering the best service to clients.

Nordea’s success is based on a sustainable and unique multi-boutique approach that combines the expertise of specialised internal boutiques with exclusive external competences allowing us to deliver alpha in a stable way for the benefit of our clients. NAM solutions cover all asset classes from fixed income and equity to multi asset solutions, and manage local and European as well as US, global and emerging market products.

Having entered the ESG space over 30 years ago, Responsible Investment is deeply rooted in our Nordic DNA. As an ESG pioneer and market leader we established an award-winning RI Team in 2009—now one of the largest in Europe. We currently offer a broad suite of RI solutions to investors of all types across the globe.

* Source: Nordea Investment Funds S.A., 30.09.2023


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