Responsible investment

Responsible investment supports the overall objective of safeguarding the fund’s assets for the long term. We work on standard setting, ownership and risk management as an integral part of our investment activities.

Investing responsibly to safeguard wealth

Our mission is to safeguard and build financial wealth for future generations. The objective for the fund’s management is the highest possible return with an acceptable level of risk. Responsible investment supports this objective and is an important and integral part of Norges Bank Investment Management’s mandate.

Our work is based on three pillars. Helping improve standards of corporate governance, exercising our ownership rights responsibly, and monitoring and managing the risk in the fund's investments by addressing a variety of factors.

Standard setting

  • Principles and expectations 
  • Standards and practices
  • Research and data


  • Voting
  • Interaction with companies
  • Environmental investments

Risk management

  • Risk monitoring
  • Risk-based divestments
  • Ethical exclusions

Long-term return

We are a large, global investor with a long-term investment horizon and we aim to exploit the fund’s unique characteristics. We enhance the investments through long-term management, and aim to contribute to market practices that benefit capital markets in the long term.

Sustainable markets and companies

As a long-term financial investor we stand to benefit from sustainable development of the markets and companies we invest in. Our management therefore takes account of environmental, social and governance issues that could have a significant impact on the fund's performance. We perform risk assessments at company, sector and country level and have selected various focus areas that we pay extra attention to. Because the risk picture is complex, our assessments need to be forward-looking and have a long horizon.

We work with international bodies on standards and principles. These play an important role in the formulation of our own principles, in our ownership work and in our risk management. We also communicate our expectations as a shareholder and exercise our ownership rights by voting and by engaging with companies and their boards.

We monitor various types of risk in the fund’s portfolio of companies. We make additional investments in environmental technology through our environment-related mandates. We may also decide to divest from companies following risk assessments.