Swedbank Robur

Swedbank Robur is one of the largest asset managers in Scandinavia and the Baltic region and has worked with Save the Children since 2009. As an owner and investor Swedbank Robur can influence companies to take child rights into account.

Swedbank Robur is the third largest asset manager in Sweden with combined assets of over €100 billion. Since 2002, the company’s portfolio has included sustainability funds that take social issues and human rights into account. As an owner they expect their companies to work with child rights and they have collaborated with Save the Children since 2009.

“We have an ownership policy which states that we expect the companies to handle the relevant sustainability risks in their businesses to be competitive in the long run. And for many companies human rights and children’s rights are central,” says Anna Nilsson, Head of Sustainability at Swedbank Robur.

Swedbank Robur believes that they have a special responsibility as a large owner on the Swedish stock exchange.

“Children are vulnerable stakeholders that companies often only have indirect links to. At a first glance it is not obvious for some companies that child rights are relevant for them. We want companies to make children´s rights a part of their business risk analysis,” Anna Nilsson says.

Save the Children has supported Swedbank Robur through policy development and seminars. Swedbank Robur is a vocal advocate for the Children’s Rights and Business Principles.

In 2014, Accenture and Save the Children conducted a study together with Swedbank of the 100 largest Swedish listed companies. The study has been used to raise awareness of the importance of the child rights perspective for all types of companies.

“The study showed that Swedish listed companies believe that they have a greater pressure from the investor side and the owner side to work with children’s rights than they experienced from the media and consumers. The study also showed that Swedish companies still work with children’s rights in a reactive rather than a proactive way,” Anna Nilsson says.