A comparative study of 49 pension funds by the Dutch Association of Investors for Sustainable Development (VBDO) showed bpfBOUW to be the most sustainable fund in the Netherlands; Women remain underrepresented at board tables despite promises made for improvement; On […]Read more
An international coalition of nearly 30 institutional investors, led by the Dutch Association of Sustainable Investors (VBDO), sent a letter to members of the High Ambition Coalition (HAC) governments. The letter calls on the HAC to maintain an ambitious approach […]Read more
Two collaborative engagements facilitated by FAIRR are now open for investor sign-on until the 17th of November. The Biodiversity Waste and Pollution Engagement Phase 2, which last year had 80 supporting investor members with over $US 23 trillion in combined investor assets. […]Read more
Nikko AM is the latest to join a large, worldwide engagement group of investors, becoming a signatory to the investor statement calling out among others for the reduction of single-use plastics. In May this year, a coalition of a little […]Read more
Eric Douma is a board member of BPL Pensioen: the pension fund for the agricultural sector. Besides this, he also represents agricultural entrepreneurs as a member of the board of LTO Noord, the Agriculture and Horticulture Organisation for North Netherlands, […]Read more
"A great, open discussion" - Marcel Andringa, Executive Director
We had a good open discussion with VBDO about the implementation of our sustainable investment policy. They gave us specific points for improvement. Conversely, they were also open to our experiences and suggestions.
"VBDO brings the outside in" - Eric Huizing, VP Investments
We appreciate the work of VBDO. They bring the “outside in”; we are busy with the day-to-day business and then responsible investing often comes second. Through the role of “louse in the fur”, VBDO makes us aware of the fact that you should not only include the financial result in your decision-making process.
"A Driving Force" - Masja Zandbergen, Head of Sustainability Integration
The VBDO benchmark is one of the motivations for Dutch pension funds to seriously approach sustainable investment and continue to improve it.