Sustainability

Sustainability is about balancing the environmental, societal and governance factors of development to ensure that we meet the needs of the present without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their needs.

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Sustainability

Will the EU elections derail the Green Deal?

With polls pointing to a clear shift to the right in the upcoming EU elections, fears are growing about the impact on the Green Deal, the set of policies designed to make the EU climate neutral by 2050. Marco Kisic, Head of ESG Research, shares what to expect.

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Sustainable finance

Nordic companies’ EU Taxonomy alignment on the rise

Nordic companies have reported their EU Taxonomy numbers for 2023, and Nordea's ESG Research team has analysed the results. While average revenue alignment for companies increased from 7.5% to 8.0%, we still see upside potential for several sectors.

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Sustainability

Companies report on four new EU Taxonomy objectives: water, pollution, biodiversity and circularity

EU companies recently reported their alignment with the EU Taxonomy for the second year in a row. For the first time, they also reported their eligibility under four new environmental objectives: water, pollution, biodiversity and circularity. The results bode well for companies' overall Taxonomy alignment numbers next year, according to Nordea's ESG Research team.

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Corporate insights

Nordea’s approach to clients' climate transition plans

By engaging our clients in constructive sustainability dialogues and offering tailored support, we aim to facilitate the journey to a net-zero future while mitigating risks. Our climate transition maturity ladder is a key tool in that effort.

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Sustainable finance

Signs of slowdown in the Nordic sustainable bond market

Despite record volumes in 2023, early indicators hint at a slowdown in the growth of the Nordic sustainable bond market. For the first time since 2020, 2024 Q1 volume shows contraction both year-on-year and relative to the previous quarter.

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Sustainable finance

Sustainability-linked bonds in sovereign financing: A new frontier

While sovereigns were latecomers to the sustainable bond market, the share of sovereign issuance is growing. Will the sustainability-linked bond format be able to gain a foothold in the growing sovereign sustainable debt market? Nordea’s Sustainable Finance Advisory team takes a closer look.

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Sustainable finance

Financed emissions: A key lever in the net-zero transition

Financed emissions are the emissions produced by the companies Nordea invests in and lends money to. Find out how we as a bank are working to reduce financed emissions in our lending portfolio.

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Sustainable banking

What are financed emissions?

You may have come across the term “financed emissions” in the field of sustainability. What are they, and why do they matter? Here’s an explainer.

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Sustainable banking

Our sustainability target: “We’re showing strong progress”

In 2019 Nordea launched an ambitious sustainability strategy with clear mid-term objectives for 2030. Are we on track or what additional measures do we need take to make it happen? We asked Anja Hannerz, Head of Group Sustainability.

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Sustainability

Nordic SMEs are looking for support to capture business opportunities in the sustainability transition

Many small and medium-sized companies are now seeing the sustainability transition as an opportunity for growth and a must to meet the demands from customers and other partners in their value chain. This is one of the conclusions in a new survey from Nordea.

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Diversity and inclusion

Diversity & inclusion

Diversity and inclusion is a natural part of our daily work

Being diverse and inclusive is at the top of our agenda. Every day we strive to find new ways to improve diversity and inclusion within Nordea, in our relations with our customers and in wider society.

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Sustainability

Chief Economist's Corner: A greener agricultural country

Denmark will soon be one of the first countries in the world to introduce a CO2e tax on agricultural emissions. Perhaps others will follow suit given the massive climate challenges, writes Nordea Group Chief Economist Helge J. Pedersen.

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