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Press release 11.2.2021

Ilmarinen’s financial statements 2020: Solvency strengthened further despite the coronavirus crisis, efficiency improved substantially

The return on Ilmarinen’s investments was 7.1 per cent as the coronavirus crisis was shaking the markets. The value of investment assets increased to an all-time high, more than EUR 53 billion, and solvency strengthened. Operating expenses decreased by 9 per cent.

Ilmarinen’s financial statements 2020: Solvency strengthened further despite the coronavirus crisis, efficiency improved substantially
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  1. Asset diversification and zero interest rates
    Diversification across asset classes and geographically is mandatory from both risk management’s and returns’ perspectives. Traditional diversification has faced new challenges in the zero interest rate macro environment over the last years. Financial stability regulation also has a profound effect on high-return diversification possibilities in Finland’s pension system.
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  2. The death of responsible investing – why externalities redefine traditional investing
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  3. Ilmarinen strengthens its collaboration with international investors to slow down climate change – joined IIGCC
    Ilmarinen increases its collaboration with other institutional investors. It has joined IIGCC – Institutional Investors Group on Climate Change. By joining forces internationally, institutional investors can make real changes happen to slow down the climate change.
    Ilmarinen strengthens its collaboration with international investors to slow down climate change – joined IIGCC
  4. Ilmarinen became a seed investor in a new Low Carbon Fund  with 170 million euros
    Ilmarinen has become a seed investor in AXA IM’s new mutual fund, the AXA WF US High Yield Low Carbon Bonds Fund, with 170 million euros. The fund is one of the first of its kind globally. The fund’s investment approach is fully ESG integrated and particularly focused on the carbon and water intensity scores of issuers. The investment is part of Ilmarinen’s overall responsible investment strategy. 
    Ilmarinen became a seed investor in a new Low Carbon Fund  with 170 million euros
  5. Nordic Engagement Cooperation (NEC) expanded its focus to sustainable water management – annual report 2020 published
    Nordic Engagement Cooperation (NEC), a collaborative engagement network between large Nordic institutional investors (pension funds), expanded its focus to sustainable water management in invested companies in 2020. At the end of 2020, Ilmarinen had altogether 13 ongoing engagement processes, of which eight were part of the NEC collaboration.
    Nordic Engagement Cooperation (NEC) expanded its focus to sustainable water management – annual report 2020 published
  6. Ilmarinen reached almost all of its climate targets for 2016–2020 – Annual and Sustainability Report 2020 published
    Ilmarinen reached almost all of the climate targets it had set for the period 2016–2020. The most notable success was the 14 per cent decrease in the carbon footprint of real estate. Furthermore, investments in sustainable development nearly doubled and the carbon sinks of forest investments grew 44 per cent. The Annual and Sustainability Report for 2020, which is published today, also presents new forward-looking data and analysis on the climate impacts of investments.
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