Water in finance: a matter of risk and value

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

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

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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The sustainable impact of investments

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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Delivering Climate Resilience Through Financial Disclosures

Jacqueline Duiker (VBDO), Paul Smith (UNEP FI) - 25/02/2021

Current disclosure frameworks provide a solid basis for financial institutions to assess climate risks. However, the climate resilience goals recently outlined at the Climate Adaptation Summit 2021 require these frameworks to also integrate real world resilience. Even in the best-case […]

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Three degrees of warming is not an option for long-term investors

Nicolas Poolen (WWF-NL) & Mart van Kuijk (VBDO) - 18/12/2020

Since the Paris Climate Agreement in 2015, the United Nations has published an annual report on the state of climate change. Not unexpectedly, the report again paints a shocking picture; “The earth is becoming three degrees warmer, despite current climate […]

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Corona crisis has a major impact on shareholders’ meetings

Mart van Kuijk, Project Manager Sustainable Investment, VBDO - 25/08/2020

This year, the start of the shareholders’ meeting (AGM) season coincided with the start of the corona crisis. This certainly had a major impact on the AGMs. Not only in the way in which companies gave substance to the crisis […]

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Financial sector action needed to tackle biodiversity crisis

Jacqueline Duiker (VBDO), Romie Goedicke (IUCN NL) - 03/08/2020

What do a conservationist, a sustainable investor and De Nederlandsche Bank (DNB) have in common? In the recent report, ‘Biodiversity and the financial sector: a cross-pollination’, DNB and the Netherlands Environmental Assessment Agency (PBL) show that loss of biodiversity poses […]

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Climate change on the agenda, but is it enough?

Jacqueline Duiker - 17/04/2020

Countries have agreed in the Paris Climate accord to limit the increase of global temperatures to a maximum of 1.5°C. To achieve this goal, countries will need to move towards climate neutral economies, in which net-CO2e emissions are reduced to […]

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