Diversity, and particularly increasing the proportion of women on boards and in leadership positions, was one of the first ownership issues which the Fund began to focus on. Since then, the Fund has contributed to a positive development in this area through, among other things, dialogues with companies regarding the selection process for executive management and board positions. Another way has been to spread awareness, for example through the Fund’s annual Female Representation Index.

Since 2003, the Fund has monitored the percentage of women on boards and executive managements, and has annually published a report on this, The AP2’s Female Representation Index. Information taken from this report is used in the Fund’s corporate governance work. The aim of the Female Representation Index is to contribute to an informed debate on the increase of the proportion of women on the boards of Swedish listed companies, as well as diversity in boards and executive managements in terms of age, background, experience and expertise. We believe that the improved recruitment pool increases the chances of creating more effective boards and managements, which in turn can create better and more successful companies. Read more about AP2’s Female Representation Index.

Information taken from AP2’s Female Representation Index report is used in the Fund’s corporate governance work.

In 2015, AP2 joined the My Life mentoring programme. This is part of the Fund’s work on diversity and is based on its values to act on the principles of commitment, action and development, in order to make a difference.