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VBDO study | Exploring investors’ climate adaptation policies and practices – Adapting to global challenges


Publication: Adapting to global challenges | Exploring investors’ climate adaptation policies and practices

This explorative study focuses on adapting to the physical consequences of climate change. It will describe the causes and consequences of climate change for investors. Climate change increases the likelihood of extreme weather events, floods, droughts and subsequent mass migration. […]

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ESG investing does not cost more, research shows


Pension funds performing well on environmental, social and corporate governance (ESG) factors don’t incur higher asset management costs, according to research. Research by Dutch consultant Gaston Siegelaer indicated that improvements to investors’ ESG policies did not increase costs either. Source: Frank […]

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CDP’s A List 2018


CDP’s annual A List names the world’s businesses leading on environmental performance. This year, CDP recognizes more than 150 corporates as the pioneers acting on climate change, water security and deforestation, and building our future economy: one that works for […]

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GRI Tax Governments Standard Roundtable


VBDO is pleased to invite you to a roundtable morning session to discuss the new Global Reporting Initiatives’ (GRI) draft standard on tax and payments to governments. The draft standard is currently open for consultation until the 15th of March. […]

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New members Platform Living Wage Financials: ABN Amro, Amundi and ING


The Platform Living Wage Financials (PLWF) has expanded from eight to eleven members. The addition of two major Dutch banks ABN AMRO and ING and Europe’s largest asset manager Amundi enables the PLWF to expand its overall reach to more […]

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Principles of Sustainable Finance for students


February 4, in CIRCL, Amsterdam, VBDO-director Angélique Laskewitz will make the opening statement at the book presentation ‘Principles of Sustainable Finance’ by Dirk Schoenmaker and Willem Schramade.  Principles of Sustainable Finance explains how the financial sector can be mobilized for […]

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How to stimulate mining in a responsible and transparent manner?


Mark van der Wal Senior Expert Extractives IUCN NL Due to its specific nature, the mining industry is negatively impacting on biodiversity and the environment in general in many countries. Together with other NGOs and companies, IUCN NL aims […]

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Pensioen fund does not speak up against forced labour


Publication: Dutch Pension funds and forced labour – Speak up!

Pension funds must do more to prevent forced labour. This is the conclusion of a survey among the fifty largest Dutch pension funds. The Dutch Association of Investors for Sustainable Development (VBDO) publishes the study ‘Dutch Pension Funds and Forced […]

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Five international banks committed to fight climate change


On the occasion of COP24, which is taking place this year in Katowice, Poland, until December 14th, five leading banks team up in pledge to align lending portfolios with global climate goals. ING, BBVA, Societe Generale, Standard Chartered and BNP Paribas committed […]

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Het groene boegbeeld gaat weg


VBDO-directeur Angélique Laskewitz vandaag in Het Financieele Dagblad: Het groene boegbeeld gaat weg, maar hoe duurzaam is Unilever eigenlijk? Afzwaaiend Unilever-ceo Paul Polman wordt geroemd om zijn duurzame koers. Maar hoe duurzaam is het bedrijf nu eigenlijk? En houdt opvolger […]

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VBDO: acceptation SDGs is slow


Publication: Pension Funds and Sustainable Development Goals: Be smarter, speak louder, push harder!

Only a limited number of large pension funds have made the sustainable UN targets part of the investment policy. The majority does not yet do so because of lack of capacity and knowledge. The funds also play a part in […]

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Principles for Responsible Banking launched for public consultation


The UN Environment Finance Initiative (UNEP FI) and 28 banks launched the Principles for Responsible Banking for public consultation at the end of November 2018. The principles will determine the role and responsibilities of the banking sector in shaping a […]

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