Borg Consulting is well equipped to advise asset owners on the content of their sustainability work and to enhance the awareness of sustainability as a very good risk-mitigation tool. Sustainability gives a better understanding of reputation risk, business culture, regulatory risk and licence to operate challenges. Borg Consulting aims to facilitate dialogue between asset owners, asset managers and companies to support long-term value creation opportunities.

Borg Consulting has particular knowledge of Scandinavian and Northern European institutional investors in relation to their interest in and work on sustainable investing. This region has come to be a driving force in the development of best practice sustainable investing. Borg Consulting is in a position to keep abreast of this development and to make clients aware of how this will impact their sustainability strategy at any given time.

MEET VALBORG LIE

Director

Valborg Lie has worked on sustainable investment issues over the last decade. From 2005 – 2013 she worked for the Norwegian Government Pension Fund Global (GPFG), one of the biggest sovereign wealth funds globally. While with the GPFG she was responsible for overseeing and developing the ethical guidelines for the fund and coordinating all responsible investment activities at principal level. She played key roles in two public reviews of the fund’s responsible investment practice. These reviews included high-level stakeholder engagement as well as dialogue and collaboration with peer institutional asset owners. Through a secondment in 2010 with Hermes Equity Ownership Services, Valborg Lie gained detailed insight into company engagement processes. She has an understanding of the possibilities inherent in targeted shareholder activity and the importance of recognising whether and how companies are able to conduct their core business in a sustainable manner.

Being a lawyer, Valborg Lie has throughout her career taken on roles that carry a core responsibility of legal oversight. She has held these roles alone or in a small team with the need to engage with other disciplines continuously. As a result, she has developed extensive experience in seeing the connections between issues and an ability to take a holistic view.

Valborg Lie has a particular understanding of and interest in the various recent soft law initiatives defining good stewardship for institutional investors. Coupled with more stringent accounting and reporting initiatives for companies, these legal expectations and requirements will play an important role in shaping the sustainable investment agenda going forward.

Valborg Lie has excellent communication and interpersonal skills and speaks five languages in addition to her native Norwegian.