When trillions of dollars – or euros, as the case may be – in private investment are flowing toward solutions for food security, universal education and sustainable development, let it be said that Dutch and Swedish pension funds helped lead the way…Last December, 18 Dutch financial institutions managing more than €2.8 ($3) trillion in assets, declared their support for “maximizing ‘SDG investing’” in the Netherlands and around the world. They were quickly followed by a half-dozen of Sweden’s largest institutional investors, including the insurer Folksam and the AP7 pension fund, which declared their intention to align their investments with the SDGs as well. Major funds in Australia, Canada and elsewhere are jumping on board (see, “Sustainable Development Goals take hold as a universal impact investment framework“). Today, the Dutch pension fund PME, representing the metal and electrical engineering industry, announced its ambitious goal to bring 10 percent of its €45 ($49) billion investment portfolio in line with the SDGs. “Investments can produce satisfactory long-term returns only if society develops in a balanced way,” said Eric Uijen, PME’s executive board chairman.