From an overarching perspective, it is Industrivärden’s expectation that the portfolio companies will:
- view sustainability as an important, strategic matter and conduct prominent sustainability work within their respective sectors, where sustainability aspects are integrated in their business models, business cultures, strategies, processes and product offerings;
- continuously develop and strengthen their sustainability work in a structured way with support from relevant guidelines and measurable goals;
- monitor, evaluate and continuously communicate the progress of their sustainability work and convey the ways in which they are contributing to long-term sustainable development in the communities in which they operate.
In order to drive development in Industrivärden’s sustainability related focus areas as an owner, a number of goals have been formulated. Set goals may be qualitative or quantitative.
Follow up is done using relevant metrics or indicators.
1. Responsible corporate governance and a sustainable role in society
2. Minimized negative climate and environmental impact
Management of climate-related risks and opportunities
Long-term value creation requires a reduced climate impact and successful utilization of climate related opportunities. Industrivärden’s greatest climate risk consists of the combined climate risk in the equities portfolio based on Industrivärden’s share of ownership in the portfolio companies, which is described below.
Through its active ownership Industrivärden follows the respective portfolio companies’ inventorying, analysis and measures related to reducing carbon emissions and climate related opportunities. The portfolio companies are active in different sectors and geographies, and thus their climate risks differ. Industrivärden’s respective sustainability analyses are therefore based on the portfolio companies’ climate scenario analyses, internal and external expert knowledge, and on measures taken by the companies.
Industrivärden’s governance, strategy and management of climate risk are conducted in line with the model for sustainability issues that is described above in this sustainability report. Where needed, influence is exercised in accordance with Industrivärden’s ownership model.
To illustrate the portfolio’s combined climate risk in the form of climate impact and climate exposure, consolidated portfolio emissions and an overview of the portfolio’s climate exposure are presented.
The portfolio’s carbon emissions
The largest share of Industrivärden’s emissions consist of indirect CO2e-emissions within framework of the Company’s ownership in the portfolio companies (Industrivärden’s Scope 3 emissions). Greenhouse gas-emissions (CO2e) from the equities portfolio and Industrivärden’s own operations have been reported since 2010, when Industrivärden also began reporting its carbon footprint to the CDP (cdp.net).
The chart below shows the portfolio’s yearly emissions over a five year period. Data has been obtained from the portfolio companies’ own disclosures of greenhouse gas emissions (GHG Protocol, marketbased method), in proportion to Industrivärden’s share of ownership (equity share approach). This development illustrates the portfolio companies’ determined efforts to steadily reduce their CO2e emissions as well as Industrivärden’s divestment of its holding in the steel company SSAB in 2020/2021.
The equities portfolio’s climate exposure (via TCFD)
The largest share of Industrivärden’s climate risk exposure is within the framework of its ownership in the portfolio companies. Industrivärden uses the companies’ climate scenario analyses and TCFD reporting, among other things, as documentation for its analysis of their identification and management of climate risk. Given that the portfolio companies are active in varying business areas, their analyses differ, but from a portfolio perspective a number of more general risks can be described, as below. The compilation shows the portfolio companies’ disclosed climate related risks in terms of physical risks and transition risks that could bear impact on the companies’ operations in the short, medium and long terms. Climate related opportunities pertain to the companies’ identified ability to create value added that contributes to growth, emissions reductions and societal benefit.
- Disruptions caused by extreme weather events – impacts in supply chains, on transports, own production and property holdings (acute risk)
- Permanent changes in the climate and environment – higher average temperatures, rising sea levels and changed precipitation patterns – higher costs for climate adaptation measures, impact on asset values (chronic risk)
- Shortages/depletion of critical raw materials (chronic risk)
- Rising costs due to imposition of carbon emissions regulations and taxes (policy and regulatory risk)
- Higher costs for reporting and compliance (policy and regulatory risk)
- Limitations in a company’s operations due to regulations of ownership rights/use (policy and regulatory risk)
- Slow and/or unpredictable permitting processes (policy and regulatory risk)
- Inability to develop the products, solutions and offerings needed for transition to a low emissions economy – adaptation and limitation of impact (technological risk)
- Supply and pricing of renewable energy, raw materials, water and transport (market risk)
- Changed preferences and behaviors among customers (market risk)
- Inability to live up to requirements and expectations from the company’s stakeholders (reputational risk)
- Innovation and technological development of products, services and offerings that support the transition to a low emissions society
- New business models and strong sustainability work lead to competitive advantages, customer satisfaction and investment capital
- Products that support emissions reductions among customers and partners
- Global operations reduce geographic risks
- Longer growing seasons result in faster/larger harvests
- Own production of renewable energy is profitable
- Cooperation and partnerships with research, trade organizations and local communities
Industrivärden has reported climaterelated information to the CDP since 2010. Today the TCFD’s recommendations are integrated in the CDP’s questionnaire on climate change.
Industrivärden has been implementing relevant parts of the TCFD’s recommendations regarding its own operations since 2020.
Science based climate targets – status as per March 1, 2023
3. Sustainable production and innovation