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Future publication: AGM engagement report 2024


VBDO will soon publish it’s annual AGM engagement report. Would you like to be the first one to receive this publication? Let us know!  On the form below you can indicate which future publications are of interest to you. We […]

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Unilever’s gone wrong packaging

Auteur: Freek van Til, Projectleader Plastic Engagement, VBDO - 15/05/2024

Unilever has long stood as a giant in the consumer goods industry. However, I strongly question whether this giant is taking the right steps. To my astonishment, last week in the FD, I read about their weakened goals regarding plastic […]

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VBDO officially participates in Platform Living Wage Financials


Everyone deserves a wage level necessary to afford a decent standard of living for themselves and their families. That’s what a living wage means. Living wages are often higher than a government’s minimum wage. However, a minimum wage does not […]

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Univé newest member of VBDO


It is with great pleasure that we welcome Univé as the newest member of the VBDO. With this, Univé underlines its importance in society. Erik de Boer, Director of Finance & Risk at Univé: “As a non-profit cooperative, we help […]

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AGM engagement seminar 2024


During the seminar, we will bring you up to date on the key results of our visit to almost 40 shareholders’ meetings (AGMs) of the Netherlands’ largest companies. We will give you keen insight into recent developments and best practices, […]

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ONVZ insurer joins VBDO


We announce with great pleasure that ONVZ Zorgverzekeraar has joined the VBDO. In doing so, ONVZ sends a clear signal that its mission extends beyond providing individual healthcare. Marco Saas, CFRO at ONVZ: ‘ONVZ is a specialised health insurer. As […]

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Our thinking on investment returns has changed

Auteur: Angélique Laskewitz, director at VBDO - 16/04/2024

As part of the publication of the asset manager APG’s annual report, APG interviewed Angélique Laskewitz, director of VBDO. In the interview, she explains, among other things, which steps pension funds can take in the coming years to become more […]

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Guido Evertz en Pavan Gandhi Unigarant sustainable investment

Balancing between feasibility, reliability and sustainability

Auteur: Guido Evertz, Sustainability Manager & Pavan Gandhi, ESG Advisor for Investments, Unigarant NV - 09/04/2024

We spoke with Guido Evertz, Sustainability Manager, and Pavan Gandhi, ESG Advisor for Investments, from Unigarant NV. (Unigarant NV also acts on behalf of the insurance company UVM Verzekeringsmaatschappij NV; hereafter, the two companies are jointly referred to as ‘Unigarant’). […]

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VBDO AGM sustainability themes

VBDO’s AGM engagement themes 2024


Since 1995 we have been a loyal visitor to general shareholders’ meetings (AGMs). Every year, we ask critical questions to the directors of around 40 Dutch, listed companies, to promote sustainable business operations. During the engagement process, the most material […]

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Angelique Laskewitz good practice biodiversity

Best practices to engage meaningfully with biodiversity

Auteur: Angélique Laskewitz, directeur VBDO & Alexander Spek, Sustainability Lead PWC - 06/02/2024

Large companies and investors need to get the huge loss of biodiversity on their radar and implement measures to help nature recover. Such is the aim of PwC and the Association of Investors for Sustainable Development (VBDO), which are now […]

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VBDO report highlights need for more holistic approach to biodiversity


Publication: Biodiversity and Business - Challenges and good practices

A new report by the Association of Investors for Sustainable Development (VBDO) in collaboration with PwC entitled Biodiversity and Business highlights the need for companies to take a more holistic approach to biodiversity. The report highlights the actions and strategies […]

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Health insurer Menzis joins the VBDO


On January 1st, 2024, VBDO welcomed Menzis as a new member. Desiree Wareman, Treasury and Asset Management Manager at Menzis: ‘Menzis has been a non-profit cooperative since 1836, a health insurer with more than 1.8 million members. We are committed […]

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