Johan Andresen | Asset Owner Perspectives on Sustainability | Ethical Finance 2020

How does the pension fund of the Norwegian government implement ethical behaviour into its decisions? Johan Andresen, owner of Ferd and Chair of the Council on Ethics at Norways Government Pension Fund Global speaks to GEFI Senior Adviser Allan Watt on the procedures used to advise fund managers on how to promote responsibility. The Council issues comprehensive reports on companies selected through data, tip-offs and research, deploying interviews with workers, analysis of figures and sometimes even satellite imagery of tropical rainforest degradation to evaluate company performance beyond just profit.


Ethical Finance 2020 (EF2020) will convene the world’s foremost business, political, civic and social leaders for a virtual summit to network, share, co-develop and shape a fairer, more sustainable financial system. The annual Ethical Finance summit is organised by the Global Ethical Finance Initiative (GEFI), which coordinates a series of programmes to promote finance for positive change.

It is now widely recognised that the financial services sector has a fundamental role to play in delivering universally supported targets such as the Paris Agreement and the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals, as well as supporting economic recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic. However, despite its potential, the current financial system can be a cause – rather than a solution – to some of the pressing challenges our planet and its people currently face. Ethical Finance 2020 explored how the finance services can support inclusive economic growth without depleting natural resources or leaving anyone behind.

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