Dutch Pension Funds and Mineral Mining – Taking Responsibility


Publication: Dutch Pension Funds and Mineral Mining - Taking Responsibility

Almost all Dutch pension funds invest in mining, a sector that is notorious for its large, negative impact on people and the environment. To what extent do Dutch pension funds take these risks into account in their responsible investment policy? […]

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Benchmark Responsible Investment by Insurance Companies in the Netherlands 2019


Publication: Benchmark Responsible Investment by Insurance Companies in the Netherlands 2019

“Making Up Your Own Mind” A few years ago, sustainable and responsible investment was a hobby for some employees in the investment field, but nowadays this has changed. Responsible investment is mainstream and receives attention on all levels at every […]

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Whitepaper | Institutional investors & crowdfunding: The right match?


Publication: Whitepaper | Institutional investors & crowdfunding: The right match?

At first sight, the link between crowdfunding and institutional investors is not very logical. Yet there are opportunities here for institutional investors that are currently hardly being used. If we look at neighboring countries such as England and Germany, we […]

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VBDO AGM Engagement Seminar 2019



VBDO has been asking questions for 24 years at the General Meetings of Shareholders (AGMs) of listed companies in the Netherlands. We believe it is important to encourage the sustainability performance of companies through engagement. VBDO does this every year […]

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VBDO Insurance Benchmark 2019: climate risks still underexposed


Publication: VBDO Insurance Benchmark 2019

a.s.r. is the insurer with the best developed responsible investment policy in the Netherlands, according to the “VBDO Benchmark Responsible Investing by Insurers in the Netherlands 2019”. It is the eighth time that the Association of Investors for Sustainable Development […]

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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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Angélique Laskewitz (Executive Director VBDO) in Financial Investigator: This is how you implement ESG policy while retaining returns


In the fourth edition of the Financial Investigator magazine from this year, Angélique Laskewitz, Executive Director of VBDO, talks about ESG policy while retaining returns. Scientific research increasingly shows that ESG does not have to come at the expense of […]

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GSIA’s Global Sustainable Investment Review 2018


GSIA’s Global Sustainable Investment Review 2018, the fourth edition of this biennial report, continues to be the only report collating results from the market studies of regional sustainable investment forums from Europe, the United States, Japan, Canada, and Australia and […]

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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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