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Pension funds in the Netherlands outperform insurers on climate change

24/01/2022

Publication: Dutch Institutional Investors and Climate Change - Institutional investors are taking action, but are they doing enough to win the race towards net zero?

Climate change has been on the agenda of Dutch pension funds and insurers since the Paris Climate Agreement. But are they doing enough to prevent an abrupt transition? The short answer is ‘no’, according to new research by the Association […]

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We would have loved to have been at the COP

Auteur: Mart van Kuijk, Project Manager Sustainable Investment, VBDO - 09/11/2021

Currently, the COP26 in Glasgow is in full swing. I look back on a year of campaigning with WWF NL to bring the Net Zero Asset Owner Alliance (NZAOA) to the attention of Dutch asset owners. The goal of our […]

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Expert session: How investors can make their Net-Zero commitments work

30/11/2021

Join our online expert session on how investors can make their Net Zero commitments work. Current Net Zero strategies won’t be enough to meet the Paris Climate Agreement. The gap between Net-Zero and Real-Zero is too significant and relies mostly on offsets and unproven technologies […]

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Duurzaam beleggen bij pensioenfondsen vertaalt zich nog niet naar een duurzame wereld

01/11/2021

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Nine Out of ten pension funds make use of exclusion, ESG integration and engagement when investing. Sustainable investment has thus become the undeniable standard within the sector. Nevertheless, there is still much to be achieved in terms of concrete implementation, […]

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Many Dutch insurers lack climate policy

20/10/2021

Publication: Benchmark on Responsible Investments by Insurers in the Netherlands 2020

The Dutch insurance sector is becoming more sustainable every year. However, there is still considerable room for improvement when it comes to sound climate policy and active shareholdership. This is apparent from research into the performance of the responsible investment […]

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From risk management to real impact

Auteur: Hester Holtland, Senior Project Manager Sustainability & Responsible Investment - 28/07/2021

In theory, it makes sense if the impact of your portfolio on the real world is in line with your investment policy. This means, for example, that CO2 emissions are not only reduced in our own portfolio, but that these […]

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VBDO signs letter Kirsten Schuijt WWF to Mariëtte Hamer

28/07/2021

On May 17, Kirsten Schuijt, general director of WWF Netherlands, sent a letter to Mariëtte Hamer, with an appeal to combat the biodiversity crisis. She mentions 5 main points: Cut nitrogen emissions by half by 2030; Making the North Sea […]

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Increased commitments on sustainable performance of companies, transparency is lacking

30/06/2021

Publication: AGM engagement report - Setting the pace

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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The role of financial institutions and governments in Dutch climate adaptation

29/06/2021

Publication: Making the Netherlands climate adaptive: The role of financial institutions and governments

The consequences of climate change create business risks that have an impact on the financial sector. There are therefore many opportunities for the sector, like collaborating with the government to make The Netherlands climate adaptive. However, climate adaptation does not […]

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Dutch asset owners must make 1.5°C pledges to catch up with European peers

Auteur: Mart van Kuijk, Project Manager Sustainable Investment, VBDO & Nicolas Poolen, Green Finance Advisor, WWF-NL - 17/05/2021

While the Netherlands is seen as a leader in responsible investing, only one Dutch asset owner has joined the Net Zero Asset Owner Alliance. Only three Dutch asset owners have, at the time of writing, disclosed that they will limit […]

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Three degrees of warming is not an option for long-term investors

Auteur: Nicolas Poolen (WWF-NL) & Mart van Kuijk (VBDO) - 18/12/2020

Since the Paris Climate Agreement in 2015, the United Nations has published an annual report on the state of climate change. Not unexpectedly, the report again paints a shocking picture; “The earth is becoming three degrees warmer, despite current climate […]

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Open Expert Session – Climate transition risk, before and after the COVID-19 wake-up call

13/05/2020

Date webinar: June, 16th 2020 Webinar Expert Speakers PRI & Vivid Economics on The Inevitable Policy Response: The Inevitable Policy Response (IPR) is a pioneering project which aims to prepare investors for the associated portfolio risks of climate change. The […]

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