Workshop: How to invest sustainable


NB. This workshop is in Dutch. It’s organized by the VBDO in collaboration with Triodos Bank as part of the Sustainable Weekend in Utrecht. Investing is the new saving. But how do you start investing? And how do you ensure […]

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VBDO official supporter of Net-Zero Asset Owner Alliance


The VBDO has been proudly named as an official supporter of the United Nations Environment Programme Finance Initiative (UNEP FI). NZAOA activities At the end of last year, we organized an online introduction of the NZAOA. We recently discussed her […]

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Water in finance: a matter of risk and value

Auteur: Jacqueline Duiker (sr. manager sustainability & responsible investment, VBDO) & Michael Lewis (Head of research ESG, DWS) - 03/06/2021

Water risk consistently appears close to the top of the WEF’s list of global risks, yet there is still a widespread misperception that water is cheap and plentiful. Nothing could be further from the truth and we call on standard […]

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Dutch asset owners must make 1.5°C pledges to catch up with European peers

Auteur: Mart van Kuijk, Project Manager Sustainable Investment, VBDO & Nicolas Poolen, Green Finance Advisor, WWF-NL - 17/05/2021

While the Netherlands is seen as a leader in responsible investing, only one Dutch asset owner has joined the Net Zero Asset Owner Alliance. Only three Dutch asset owners have, at the time of writing, disclosed that they will limit […]

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Transparency about the impact of organizations needs mandatory reporting

Auteur: Angélique Laskewitz (VBDO) - 26/04/2021

The efforts of the European Commission to strengthen the non-financial reporting directive are gaining momentum. The new directive will impose higher requirements on institutions and companies active in the EU with regard to reporting sustainability information (also known as ESG […]

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Presentation Benchmark Responsible Investment by Insurance Companies in the Netherlands 2021


NB. The date of this event has been changed from July 8 to the 2nd of September (preliminary date). This decision was reached because we find it important to congratulate the award winners and share this important moment in person […]

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Presentation AGM engagement report 2021


We have been a loyal visitor to general shareholders’ meetings (AGMs) for more than a quarter of a century. Every year, we ask critical questions to the directors of around 40 Dutch, listed companies, in order to promote sustainable business […]

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Webinar NZAOA: Real impact & initiatives


In the run up to COP26 in November this year, many climate related initiatives are aiming to go the extra mile on the race to zero. The most ambitious standard is set by the Net Zero Asset Owner Alliance. The […]

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Angélique Laskewitz new chair of the Supervisory Board of IUCN NL

VBDO’s executive director Angélique Laskewitz has today, with the consent of the Dutch IUCN members, been appointed as a member and the new chair of the Supervisory Board of IUCN NL. Starting April 15, she will take over the duties […]

Expert Session: Water risk across asset classes


Water is a finite resource with only 2.5% potentially being usable for life on earth. To meet the SDGs that directly concern water (SDG 6 and SDG 14) an estimated US $ 670 billion of annual spending is required. But […]

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The sustainable impact of investments

Auteur: Jacqueline Duiker (VBDO), Lucienne de Bakker (VBDO) - 05/03/2021

Pension funds are increasingly taking sustainability into account in their investment portfolios, but does this have an impact in the “real” world? The Association of Investors for Sustainable Development (VBDO) annually examines the performance of the responsible investment policy of […]

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AGM calendar 2021


The VBDO has attended the general meetings of shareholders (AGMs) of Dutch listed companies since its inception. We want the impact of our engagement to be as great as possible. That is why every three years we prioritize themes that […]

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