ESG funds

All investment opportunities at Danske Invest are covered by our Responsible Investment Policy. This means that all funds take sustainability risks into consideration and do not invest in companies whose businesses are involved with coal, tar sand, tobacco or controversial weapons. Read about the restrictions


Funds that promote environmental or social factors and ensure good governance practices are called ESG funds. The funds promote ESG by investing, for example, in companies that focus on climate and employee conditions, diversity or anti-corruption. They can also work actively to influence companies to become more sustainable or to refrain from investing in companies that have a large and detrimental climate impact.
ESG funds comply with Article 8 of the EU regulation on sustainability‐related disclosures in the financial services sector.
Read more about ESG funds

How can funds promote ESG?

Through the selection of investments

Funds can promote different ESG factors through the selection of the investments included in the fund. Selection criteria can include:

  • investing in companies that have low levels of CO2 emissions or in companies that are in the process of reducing their carbon footprint
  • investing in companies that have a high degree of gender diversity on their boards of directors
  • investing in companies that have products that ensure biodiversity, clean drinking water or the recycling of materials  
  • investing in countries that have high ESG ratings 
  • investing in companies that have good employee conditions

By influencing companies

Funds can focus on influencing and improving corporate behaviour, thereby further promoting ESG-related factors. The fund may do so by engaging in direct dialogue with the company management, voting at the companies’ general meetings or by collaborating with other investors. For example, funds can focus on improving the work of countries and companies in the following areas:
  • fighting corruption and bribery
  • minimising the climate burden and negative effects on environmental conditions 
  • complying with the principles of the UN Global Compact and respecting human and labour rights
  • creating a more appropriate remuneration structure for senior management
  • creating greater gender diversity in management

By excluding investments in some areas

Funds may exclude investments that do not promote or perform well on ESG measures. For example, funds may opt out of investing in: 
  • companies that have high levels of CO2 emissions for their sector 
  • companies that have fossil fuel-based energy activities
  • countries or companies that face challenges in the field of human rights
  • companies that have a damaging impact on biodiversity
  • companies involved in water pollution


Reporting on sustainability

ESG funds comply with Article 8 of the EU regulation on sustainability‐related disclosures in the financial services sector. There are special reporting requirements for these funds in relation to how they work to promote ESG. Read more about how we report on the funds