Publications

Onderzoek biodiversiteit en de financiële sector

Biodiversity integration in the Dutch financial sector: Why it’s critical to be proactive and invest in nature

Biodiversity integration in the Dutch financial sector: Why it’s critical to be proactive and invest in nature

VBDO and IUCN NL surveyed five banks and 13 asset owners/asset managers headquartered in the Netherlands.  Despite the Dutch Central Bank’s warning that financial institutions can be impacted financially when they fail to take sufficient action on biodiversity loss, only […]

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AGM engagement report - Setting the pace

Increased commitments on sustainable performance of companies, transparency is lacking

Every year, the Dutch Association of Investors for Sustainable Development (VBDO) visits the shareholders’ meetings of the largest Dutch, stock-listed companies to obtain commitments on sustainable performance. This is based on extensive research into (non) sustainable performances of these companies. […]

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Eumedion, VEB and VBDO: during virtual AGM offer shareholders the possibility to speak live, ask questions and make comments

Joint call leading up to the AGM season 2021 Eumedion, the Association of Investors for Sustainable Development (VBDO) and the Vereniging van Effectenbezitters VEB (VEB) (Association of Stockholders) see that physical shareholders’ meetings are undesirable in the coming months so […]

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NGO Guide: 6 steps to engaging financial institutions

Guide for conservation organisations: how to engage the financial sector?

Financial institutions such as banks, insurance companies and pension funds hold leverage over the companies and governments they provide money to for projects and activities affecting people and nature. This makes them an important ally for conservation organisations. But how […]

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Proxy Voting for Sustainability - Research among Dutch Pension Funds

Voting for sustainability seen by pension funds as an important tool, despite limited application

Pension funds see voting for sustainability as an important instrument for actively leveraging corporate ownership. However, a large part of the funds mainly use their voting rights when they reach a bottleneck in their dialogue on specific topics with these […]

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Investor Statement on responsible water management as part of a responsible mining policy

Institutional investors with more than €900 billion assets under management calling for improvement in mining sector

In an Investor Statement published today by the Dutch branch of the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN NL) and the Association of Investors for Sustainable Development (VBDO), 16 international institutional investors call for sustainability in the sector. The […]

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Investor Engagement Guide on Biodiversity and Mining

Investor Engagement Guide on Biodiversity and Mining

This engagement guide is intended to function as a possible tool for asset managers for engagement with mining companies on biodiversity. It aims to aid in the development of sustainable practices and policies adhering to SMART principles (Specific, Measurable, Achievable, […]

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Investor Engagement Guide on Reclamation and Mining

Investor Engagement Guide on Reclamation and Mining

This engagement guide is intended to function as a possible tool for asset managers for engagement with mining companies on reclamation and closure of mine sites. It aims to aid in the development of sustainable water management practices adhering to […]

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