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Responsible investing

Responsible investing refers to investment activities that take into consideration the environment, society and good governance. Responsibility influences the long-term potential for a company’s success and taking this into consideration in investments also produces results for the investor.

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Evli's new climate targets aim to make a real impact on investments, businesses and the industry.

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Responsible Investing at Evli

We want to grow our clients’ wealth in a responsible manner. For this reason, responsibility is integrated into Evli’s Wealth Management investment operations and our funds are managed in accordance with Evli's Principles for Responsible Investment.

1. Principles for Responsible Investment

  • Policies by asset classes
  • Separate Climate Change Principles and engagement policy
  • Climate Target and Biodiversity Roadmap for taking biodiversity into account
  • Internal division of responsibilities and governance model

2. ESG -integration in investment process

  • Responsibility analysis as part of the investment decision-making
  • Asset class-specific responsibility expertise
  • Responsible investment team as support for portfolio managers

3. Engagement and active ownership

  • Independent discussions with companies
  • Collaborative engagement and investor initiatives
  • Asset class-specific engagement and active ownership

4. Reporting

  • Comprehensive and transparent reporting at fund and client level
  • Responsible Investment Annual Report overviews annually progress in responsible investing

Climate change is one of the biggest threats of our time, and we want to play our part in mitigating it through responsible investment. All of Evli's investments follow the company's Climate Change Principles.

Read more from Evli's Principles for Climate Change.

Evli's own climate risk reporting

The TCFD (Task Force on Climate-related Financial Disclosures) is an international climate risk reporting framework that looks at climate change threats and opportunities for companies. We report on Evli's climate risks in accordance with TCFD guidelines. The first report was published within the 2019 Corporate Responsibility Report. In August 2019, we joined the TCFD as a public supporter.

Incorporating biodiversity, or in other words natural diversity, into investing is fast emerging as a significant area of responsibility alongside climate change. Evli has prepared its biodiversity roadmap with action steps for 2023–2025. The objective of the roadmap is to gain a better understanding of biodiversity-related risks and impacts of investments on biodiversity.

Read more about Evli Wealth Management’s biodiversity roadmap

Evli’s biodiversity reporting

Task Force on Nature-related Financial Disclosures (TNFD) is a market-led, science-based initiative that has developed a reporting framework on nature for financial institutions and organisations. Evli was the first Finnish asset manager to join the TNFD forum in 2022 and will according to Evli’s biodiversity roadmap report according to TNFD recommendations in 2025 based on the year 2024.

Exclusion is one of the most concrete ways to implement the Principles for Responsible Investment. At Evli, exclusion is a two-stage process: certain principles apply to all Evli’s active equity and fixed income funds and investments, in addition to which some funds comply with broader exclusion criteria.

Evli Plc’s (Evli) Responsible Investment Executive Group approved the following principles regarding the addressing of sustainability risks and adverse sustainability impacts. Sustainability risk refers to an environmental, social or governance event or condition that, if it occurred, could cause an actual or potential material negative impact on the value of an investment. These principles regarding the addressing of sustainability risks and adverse sustainability impacts will be applied whenever Evli Plc invests client assets under its asset management in, and/or whenever it offers investment advice to, the funds managed by Evli Fund Management Company Ltd and the assets under its asset management. Therefore, the same principles will be applied throughout the Evli Group, and the word “Evli” below will refer to all Evli Group companies.

According to the regulation, Evli identifies and takes into account the client's possible preferences related to the sustainability of investments when offering the client discretionary asset management service and investment advice.

Evli takes account of the sustainability risks in its investments and of the principal impacts of its investments on sustainability factors in accordance with Evli’s Principles for Responsible Investment. Adverse impacts on sustainability factors are taken into account in Evli’s asset management and funds through an internal process based on Evli’s Principles for Responsible Investment and Climate Change Principles in a way that does not conflict with the client’s own policies or investment preferences. Evli’s Principles for Responsible Investment are asset class-specific and cover all the active investments under Evli’s management. Fund-specific or asset class-specific principles may vary on how sustainability risks and adverse impacts of investments on sustainability factors are considered. In addition, there can be funds or individual products that do not consider the principal adverse sustainability impacts.

Evli’s Principles for Responsible Investment cover:

The above-mentioned principles describe how Evli identifies and analyzes sustainability impacts and the related indicators and what Evli’s procedures are with respect to these. One example of a negative sustainability impact is a breach of a norm, i.e. an act that breaches the principles of the UN Global Compact corporate responsibility initiative, for which Evli has specified a systematic procedure. We monitor Evli’s own funds and direct equity investments to find out whether they contain companies that violate the principles of the UN Global Compact. The UN Global Compact is an international corporate responsibility initiative that requires companies to respect human rights, implement anti-corruption measures and consider environmental issues. It is made up of ten principles, which are derived from the UN Universal Declaration of Human Rights, the ILO Declaration on Fundamental Principles and Rights at Work, the UN Rio Declaration on Environment and Development and the UN Convention Against Corruption. If we discover that a company we have invested in is violating the principles of the UN Global Compact, we will first analyze the situation with the portfolio manager after which the Responsible Investment team will decide on further action. There are two options for further action: to start engagement activities or to place the company on the list of excluded investments. The purpose of engagement activities is to change the company’s practices so that they become more responsible.

Evli also has separate ownership control principles which describe the ownership control methods used by Evli. Evli reports yearly its adverse sustainability impacts on company level according to the SFDR. In addition, as a part of other responsibility reporting Evli reports on the responsibility of its funds and its client portfolios with fund/portfolio-specific ESG reports, which extensively describe the indicators related to responsibility and sustainability impacts. The implementation of the ownership control principles is reported in Evli Group’s responsible investment annual report.

Application of the Sustainable Finance Disclosure Regulation in Asset Management Portfolios

Fund-specific information on Evli's mutual funds and alternative investment funds in accordance with the EU disclosure regulation is available on Evli’s website at and

Statement and Summary statement on principal adverse impacts of investment decisions on sustainability factors (Summary statement: EN, ET, NL, FR, DE, IT, LT, LV, NO, PT, ES, SV) 

Focus areas for responsible investing at Evli


Continuous work towards climate targets


Research around biodiversity


Working to promote human rights


Continuing to deepen ESG integration in portfolio management


New responsibility themed products


Following EU sustainable finance legislation

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Evli’s Annual Report 2023 has been published

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Evli’s biodiversity roadmap guides us to consider biodiversity in investment activities

We have published Evli’s biodiversity roadmap which sets action steps for 2023–2025 for our actions to consider biodiversity. The purpose of the roadmap is to gain a better understanding of the impact of investments on biodiversity, to promote Evli’s biodiversity research and to develop biodiversity-related reporting.


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Carbon Disclosure Project (CDP)

CDP is an international organization that encourages companies and cities to report on their environmental impact.

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Finland’s Sustainable Investment Forum (Finsif)

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TCFD is an international project in the financial sector that aims to integrate the effects of climate risks into official financial reporting.

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TNFD forum member

TNFD is a market-led, science-based initiative aiming to develop a reporting framework on nature for financial institutions and organisations. Evli was the first Finnish asset manager to join the TNFD forum.

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Net Zero Asset Managers initiative signatory

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Global COP15 initiative signatory

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ESG4Real certification

Evli’s equity and corporate bond funds have received ESG4Real certification in 2023.

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Petra Hakamo
Petra Hakamo
Head of Sustainability (on parental leave)
Georgi Agiashvili
Georgi Agiashvili
Quantitative Analyst (on sabbatical leave)
Emma Kontsas
Emma Kontsas
Senior Analyst, Responsible Investments
Jenni Moilanen
Jenni Moilanen
Junior Analyst, Responsible Investment
Elina Niiranen
Elina Niiranen
Senior Analyst, Responsible Investment
Samuel Schroderus
Samuel Schroderus
Trainee, Responsible Investments