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Responsible investing throughout our investment process

We have integrated responsible investment (RI) principles across all products and asset classes. Our broad-based approach helps us spread risk across our portfolio, while also enabling us to use our influence to produce positive outcomes in as many areas as possible.

Following through on our beliefs

To help us turn our commitment to investing for return while contributing to the common good into the best possible measurable outcomes, we have used external frameworks to structure and assess what we do, such as the IMP. We are Investment Committee (leadership council) members of the GIIN (Global Impact Investing Network) and a founding member and sponsor of the European chapter of CREO (Clean, Renewable and Environmental Opportunities), a platform for asset owners interested in collaborative education and investing in the environmental, clean technology and related marketplace.

 

Scoring our managers

Our ESG scorecard helps us be consistent with our managers, plotting progress in every strategic area of integrating ESG: in the early stages of due diligence and choosing managers, through to assessing how thorough and effective they are in making ESG part of their work. It standardises what we do and gives our managers clarity about what we want to see and how to deliver it.

Our managers are our partners in achieving the positive outcomes we want to see in the real economy. This is why we engage with them for continuous improvement, using the scorecard as a baseline.

RI put into practice

From values to investments: strategies, procedures and governance to ensure we advance our mission and keep our promises - this is all described in the RI policy (PDF). These three sub policies relate to the RI policy:

  1. ESG positions & exclusions policy (PDF) + thematic papers
    We have identified climate change, human rights and good business conduct as three main topics and priorities for engagement. In this ESG Positions & Exclusions policy, we explain our position and expectations on these themes.
  2. Engagement & voting policy - stewardship (PDF) 
    Engaging with fund managers across asset classes is a crucial part of our post-investment monitoring process, as they are able to make a difference in the real economy. This policy describes how we effect our influence through the investments.
  3. Positive & impact investment (PDF)
    This policy describes our approach to impact investing, covering the impact investing journey from inception to implementation.

Climate

As a responsible investor, we are concerned about climate change. Resilient climate is the core theme of our portfolio. We are signatory to the Dutch Climate Agreement and we set our ambition to become net zero by 2040. Therefore, we are carbon neutral for our company and measure as well as reduce the carbon footprint of our portfolio. We will report about the progress to become net zero for the portfolio in our annual RI report (PDF) and the TCFD report 2021 (PDF).