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This document provides an review of the fund's sustainability-related disclosures. More information can be found in the fund's prospectus and also under the respective sections below.
The fund promotes environmental characteristics through:
The fund is an exchange-traded index fund that is managed with the purpose of generating returns over time that correspond as closely as possible to the returns of the index. The index tracked by the fund includes sustainability requirements that, in a first stage, excludes companies from the index that do not fulfil the exclusion criteria of the fund and the index. What applies in this regard is indicated below. In a second stage, the sustainability requirements provide for the index's inclusion of the 70 companies with the highest sustainability ratings under the ISS ESG Corporate Ratings methodology. A minimum of 50% of the index companies, as measured in the total market value of the index, must have a high sustainability rating. In the event the 50% limit is not met, companies with the lowest sustainability rating will be excluded until the limit is met. This can result in the inclusion of less than 70 companies. The sustainability requirements that arise as a result of the index are mandatory for the Management Company in the fund's asset management. The fund applies the following investment strategy to attain the environmental and social characteristics promoted by the fund:
The fund is an exchange-traded fund that invests in the securities included in the fund's index. However, indirect investments in the form of index-based financial instruments (such as futures) may be used in the fund's management of liquidity and risk.
The Management Company's risk control function monitors the environmental/social characteristics promoted by the fund on a daily basis to ensure compliance. This occurs through the control of the minimum proportion stated in the Appendix for sustainability-related disclosures in the fund's prospectus regarding the share aligned to environmental or social characteristics as well as the minimum proportion of sustainable investments, for example. The Management Company's risk control function also follows up to ensure that the fund abides by its rules for the exclusion of companies. The control relates to sectors we exclude and those we consider risk counteracting a sustainable development. The Management Company's risk control function also follows up to ensure that the investee companies are not in violation of international norms and conventions. For additional information, refer to the Methodologies" section below.
The Management Company regularly applies follow up at the holdings level to ensure that companies with activities in the sectors excluded by the fund and/or companies that violate international norms and conventions are not included in the fund. All of the fund's exclusion requirements are built into the fund's index methodology. Consequently, companies with activities in the sectors excluded by the fund and/or companies that violate international norms and conventions are not included in the index and are thereby not included in the fund. The assessment is conducted by the ESG service provider stated in the index methodology and the results cannot be overruled by the fund management. Changes made to the assessment of a company occur at the time of exit from or entry into the index and the fund at the next rebalancing of the index. The fund applies the following monitoring safeguards:
Information about the companies' exposure to excluded activities and incidents resulting in violations of international norms and conventions is obtained for funds that track sustainability-adapted indexes of index providers from external data providers in accordance with the index methodology for each fund. Corresponding information is also obtained directly from the Management Company. The external data providers gather information about the companies' exposure to excluded activities from public presentations made by the companies and/or through direct contact with the companies. The contributions to the EU Taxonomy are obtained from Sustainalytics and SDG contributions are obtained from ISS ESG. In addition, the Management Company conducts its own analysis with regard to contributions to environmental or social objectives, with the assessment based primarily on data obtained from the companies' annual reports.
Information about the companies' exposure to excluded activities is limited to the information made available from companies themselves. Consequently, it is not always possible to ensure the exact exposure to these activities. The limitations are most prominent for companies with a smaller portion of the business involved in the excluded activities, such as a grocery store that also sells alcohol. This is an acceptable limitation since the principal impact of the fund's strategy is attained by the exclusion of companies with significant exposure to the excluded activities.
The Management Company has established routines for due diligence to ensure that sustainability risks and the sustainability requirements specified for each fund are taken into account in the investment decisions. These routines differ depending on the focus of the asset management.
As a significant investor, the Management Company has a responsibility and an opportunity to engage with companies to act responsibly and conduct their business activities in a sustainable manner, in addition to promoting the development of the sustainability efforts in the asset management industry. The Management Company engages through company dialogues, corporate governance work and investor networks. Our engagement efforts are based on Handelsbanken's core values, our commitments, as well as the international norms and conventions supported by the Management Company. The company dialogues include overall strategic sustainability issues, as well as specific dimensions of a company's risks, opportunities and impact linked to sustainable development.
The fund has the following index as its reference value: SIX Sweden ESG Selection Index GI. The fund is an exchange-traded index fund and, as a result, the fund's index takes into consideration the same environmental and social characteristics as those promoted by the fund. For additional information about the index, refer to https://www.six-group.com/en/products-services/financial-information/indices/nordic-indices.html.