Sitra as an investor

Sitra’s work for the future is funded by the returns from its capital. Responsibility is an essential part of Sitra’s operation – also as regards investment activities.

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What is it about?

The Bank of Finland and the Finnish Parliament gave Sitra an endowment capital of approximately 84 million euros. This endowment capital has laid the foundation for Sitra’s current investment assets, the returns on which provide financing for the future-oriented work at Sitra.

At the end of 2023, the market value of all Sitra’s investment assets was 965 million euros.

Figure 1. Investments by asset type at the end of 2023

In the year 2023, the return on investments was of 5.7 per cent. Taking inflation into account the real return was 2.1 per cent. The five-year average annual return on investments was 8.4 per cent and the average annual real return 5.0 per cent.

Sitra’s investment assets are mainly invested in funds. Sitra makes the decisions on the allocations, but the funds decide on the individual investment targets independently, as per the fund’s rules.

No new corporate investments have been made since 2014. At the end of 2023 Sitra’s investment portfolio still included five companies.

Responsible investment

We manage Sitra’s investments in a secure and profitable manner. In addition to risk and return, environmental, societal and corporate governance (ESG) issues are included in all investment decisions.

We signed the UN Principles for Responsible Investment (PRI) in 2015. Sitra’s responsible investment practices and actions are reported annually to the PRI, which assesses the reports. The practical implementation relies on Sitra’s Guidelines for Responsible Investment, which was most recently updated in 2022.

The purpose of Sitra’s climate strategy for investments is to mitigate climate change. This is also one of the primary sustainability goals in Sitra’s investment activities. Our goal is to achieve a carbon-neutral investment portfolio by 2035. The interim targets are as follows: in 2025, the carbon intensity of investments will be at least 50% lower and, in 2030, at least 75% lower than in the baseline year 2020. 

Biodiversity is the latest focus in Sitra’s sustainable investments activities. We are committed to the international Nature Action 100 initiative to drive and spur on the largest companies in the world to take swift action to stop biodiversity loss.

In addition, we are committed to reporting Sitra’s nature-related investment risks and opportunities in accordance with the recommendations of The Taskforce on Nature-related Financial Disclosures (TNFD) from the 2024 financial year onwards.

National legislation and the international The UN Global Compact principles governing business and society are taken into account when addressing responsibility.  Due to the fact that Sitra’s investments are mainly made through funds we require that our asset managers actively monitor companies’ ESG issues as part of their investment activities. The minimum requirement for fund investments is that the asset manager has signed the PRI or has a responsible investment policy.

Contact us

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Sami Tuhkanen
Vice President, Investments
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Juuso Janhonen
Portfolio Manager, Venture Capital
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Anne Ristola
Portfolio Manager, Private Equity investments
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Tiina Smolander
Portfolio manager, Investments
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Aarni Pursiainen
Portfolio manager, real assets
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Tuuli Salminen
Assistant, Investments & Nature and the Economy
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Taru Keltanen
Specialist, Communications and Public Affairs

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