Dutch Association of Investors for Sustainable Development

Publications 2019

Tax Transparency Benchmark 2019

Tax Transparency Benchmark 2019

Dutch companies have never been this transparent on their tax strategy. This conclusion follows from the Tax Transparency Benchmark of the Dutch Association of Investors for Sustainable Development (VBDO) at 77 Dutch, stock listed companies. The winner of the fifth […]

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Dutch Pension Funds and Mineral Mining - Taking Responsibility

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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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

VBDO Insurance Benchmark 2019: climate risks still underexposed

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

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

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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Publications 2018

Dutch Pension funds and forced labour – Speak up!

Pensioen fund does not speak up against forced labour

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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VBDO Tax Transparency Benchmark 2018

Dutch companies more transparent in tax area

VBDO presents fourth Tax Transparency Benchmark  Dutch companies become more transparent about their tax policy. This is shown by research by the Association of Investors for Sustainable Development (VBDO) at 76 Dutch companies. The winner of the fourth Tax Transparency […]

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CHRB Corporate Human Rights Benchmark 2018 Key Findings

New ranking: 4 in 10 companies ‘failing’ on human rights

  Wake-up call 70 years after the adoption of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights Majority of clothing and agricultural companies failing to do enough to prevent child labour Prada, Starbucks and Kraft Heinz among companies scoring poorly Leading companies include […]

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Whitepaper Natural Capital Expeditions

Whitepaper Natural Capital Expeditions

A White Paper has now been issued based on the results of the Expeditions Finance & Natural Capital. VBDO, CREM and NextGreen have combined their expertise for the realization of the White Paper and the Expeditions. There has also been close […]

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Publications 2017

Dutch Pension Funds and Climate Change: Now is the time

Climate policy Dutch pension funds aimed at further warming

Direct risks for portfolios remain underexposed Research of VBDO together with AXA IM among 38 institutional investors shows: 18% have quantitative target reduction of CO2 emissions 26% exclude polluting companies More focus on combating climate problem than relief consequences Fewer […]

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VBDO Investor Guide: Integration of tax in responsible investment

VBDO Investor Guide: Integration of tax in responsible investment

VBDO published an investment guide in the field of responsible tax policy. The guide focuses on institutional investors and provides guidance on how they can responsibly integrate new developments in tax and governance legislation and regulations into both their internal […]

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International responsible investment benchmark feasibility study

International responsible investment benchmark feasibility study

Benchmarking has proven to be an effective instrument in driving sustainability in the financial sector. It creates a race to the top by providing comparative insight into which financial institutions and sustainability topics are lagging behind. The VBDO has assessed the […]

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VBDO White Paper: Institutional Investors and Climate Change

White Paper: Institutional Investors and Climate Change

Climate change is increasingly becoming visible on the radar of institutional investors, who acknowledge the relevance of the topic by taking it into account in the development and implementation of their investment strategies. VBDO provides a set of recommendations for […]

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Publications 2016

Duurzaam sparen en beleggen 2016

Sustainable Savings and Investments

The Dutch Association of Investors for Sustainable Development (VBDO) annually examines the composition and size of the Dutch retail and private banking market for sustainable savings and investments. This year’s report is the sixteenth edition and is financed by ABN […]

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VBDO White paper: Advancing shareholder engagement

VBDO White paper: bevorderen van aandeelhoudersbetrokkenheid

Shareholder engagement concerns the use of one’s ownership position to influence the decision making of company management. In doing so, shareholders aim to increase transparency and accountability and to raise social and environmental standards of corporate behavior. The practice has […]

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VBDO Tax Transparency Benchmark 2016

Tax Transparency Benchmark 2016

Fuelled by revelations such as the Panama Papers and investigations by the European Commission, the issue of ‘tax behaviour’ has taken center stage in the global public debate. Both multinational companies and governments find themselves increasingly under scrutiny, and in […]

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