The COVID-19 pandemic has changed the playing field for the global economy and affects us all, directly or indirectly. For Första AP-fonden (AP1) the pandemic entailed some intensive activities during the spring, with constant evaluation of the allocation strategy based on a rapidly evolving situation, while at the same time measures were taken to safeguard the health and safety of the Fund’s employees.
The Council on Ethics of the Swedish National Pension (AP) Funds Annual Report 2019.
Första AP-fonden, has decided to no longer invest in fossil fuels. The decision is a result of the funds work to identify and analyse climate-related financial risks in the economy, and in the fund’s investment portfolio.
Första AP-fonden’s (AP1’s) net investment income for 2019 amounted to SEK 48.6 billion after expenses. This equates to a return of 15.1 per cent, the highest annual return in a decade. Total net assets amounted to SEK 365.8 billion at the year-end.
The Board of Directors of Första AP-fonden (AP1) has appointed Kristin Magnusson Bernard as new CEO of AP1. Ms Magnusson Bernard will assume her new role on September 1, 2020, at the latest, and replaces Teresa Isele who has been Acting CEO since September, 2019.
On 2 September, Första AP-fonden (AP1) announced that the board had decided to dismiss Johan Magnusson from his role as Chief Executive Officer due to his violation of the internal regulations of the fund. The fund has now concluded its assessment of the need for confidentiality in accordance with the Swedish Public Access to Information and Secrecy Act in relation to the information, and has decided to publish further details.
The Board of Directors of Första AP-fonden (AP1), Sweden’s First National Pension Fund, has decided to dismiss Johan Magnusson from his post as CEO with immediate effect.
Första AP-fonden’s (AP1’s) positive net investment income of SEK 31.4 billion for the first six months of 2019 entails an increase in total net assets to SEK 352 billion as per 30 June. AP1 thereby exceeds the long-term target of a real return after expenses of 4.0 per cent over a rolling ten-year period. During the first six months of 2019, SEK 3.0 billion was transferred to the income pension system.
Första AP-fonden har beslutat att acceptera det publika budet på Oriflame om 227 kronor per aktie.
For more than 10 years, the AP Funds’ Council on Ethics has exercised influence on the AP Funds’ global portfolio of listed companies to improve their environmental, human rights and corporate governance work through engagement and dialogue. During 2018, the engagement and efforts of the Council on Ethics have been directed at problem areas such as Facebook and human rights; the use of pesticides threatening the survival of bees; and the legalisation of cannabis in Canada and the emergence of listed cannabis companies. Other focus areas have been oil companies’ long-term climate work, deforestation in South America, and tailings dams in Brazil.