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How BPL pension fund invests in biodiversity

20/09/2023

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, […]

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Romie Goedicke TNFD biodiversiteit UNEP FI

Romie Goedicke on the TNFD and biodiversity

Romie Goedicke, Co-Head Nature, UNEP FI - 12/09/2023

Romie Goedicke Co-Heads the nature thematic at the UNEP Finance Initiative. She also leads the work on nature-related risk and disclosure and manages the work on mainstreaming and capacity building. In these ways, she supports the work on the alignment […]

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Roel Nozeman ASN biodiversiteit

ASN’s strategy to net positive biodiversity in 2030

Roel Nozeman, Head of the biodiversity team, ASN Bank & Programme Director, Partnership for Biodiversity Accounting Financials (PBAF) - 22/08/2023

ASN Bank is the first bank globally to set itself the goal to realise an overall net positive effect on biodiversity in 2030 with the total of its investments. We talk about ASN’s strategy to reach this goal, how pension […]

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A company that stays silent now agrees to fossil subsidy

27/06/2023

Can striving for an inclusive and sustainable Netherlands go hand in hand with providing fossil subsidies? VNO-NCW thinks so. Last week, VNO-NCW signed a letter published in de Volkskrant calling for the provision of fossil fuel subsidies. Adjusting the rules […]

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Heineken, donate your Russian tax to Ukraine

Stijn Scholten, project manager sustainability & responsible investment - 27/03/2023

Finally, Heineken has acknowledged its debts. Even though the beer multinational primarily passed on its responsibility to its subsidiary in Russia, it has now offered an official apology. Heineken had, although admitted afterwards, granted permission to launch 61 new products […]

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Structural lobby washing requires a responsible strategy

Stijn Scholten, project manager sustainability & responsible investment - 14/03/2023

Lobby washing Although the term greenwashing has been known for a long time, a new phenomenon emerged from recent research by VBDO, namely ”lobby washing”. Supermarkets and FMCGs such as Ahold Delhaize and Henkel are happy to show the general […]

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A fair energy transition starts with fair investing

07/02/2023

One of the biggest challenges for achieving the Paris agreement is realizing a fair energy transition for developing countries. Think of countries such as Indonesia, Vietnam and India, which depend on coal for their electricity supply. If this current dependence […]

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Living off the wind? Invest in sustainable energy

Mart van Kuijk, Project Manager Sustainable Investment, VBDO - 04/01/2023

With the current developments in the energy market, sustainable investment in wind and solar energy does not seem like a bad idea. But there is a lot of choice and this can be opaque, especially for novice investors. ‘Sustainable investing […]

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Sustainability must be brought to our real-world economy

Angélique Laskewitz, executive director VBDO - 30/12/2022

Much more capital is still going to fossil fuels than to sustainable energy. What do you think of that? “We are stuck together in the real economy and in fossil energy. Investors continue to invest money in those kinds of […]

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Sustainable investing requires self-reflection

Sara Heinsbroek, Project Manager Sustainable Investment, VBDO - 29/12/2022

In the past, we have seen how the public debate on sustainability and the financial sector has hardened. Supervisors are carrying out raids and former top executives of large institutions are sounding the alarm. Opponents of responsible investing eagerly respond […]

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Does the SFDR help with the choice for sustainable investment?

18/08/2022

New legislation has been in force within the European Union since March 2021. The Sustainable Finance Disclosure Regulation (SFDR) aims to get more money for positive impact. By demanding greater transparency from providers of financial products, it is expected that […]

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