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A fair energy transition starts with fair investment

07/02/2023

One of the biggest challenges for achieving the Paris agreement is realizing a fair energy transition for developing countries. Think of countries such as Indonesia, Vietnam and India, which depend on coal for their electricity supply. If this current dependence […]

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Living off the wind? Invest in sustainable energy

Auteur: Mart van Kuijk, Project Manager Sustainable Investment, VBDO - 04/01/2023

With the current developments in the energy market, sustainable investment in wind and solar energy does not seem like a bad idea. But there is a lot of choice and this can be opaque, especially for novice investors. ‘Sustainable investing […]

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Sustainability must be brought to our real-world economy

Auteur: Angélique Laskewitz, executive director VBDO - 30/12/2022

Much more capital is still going to fossil fuels than to sustainable energy. What do you think of that? “We are stuck together in the real economy and in fossil energy. Investors continue to invest money in those kinds of […]

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Sustainable investing requires self-reflection

Auteur: Sara Heinsbroek, Project Manager Sustainable Investment, VBDO - 29/12/2022

In the past, we have seen how the public debate on sustainability and the financial sector has hardened. Supervisors are carrying out raids and former top executives of large institutions are sounding the alarm. Opponents of responsible investing eagerly respond […]

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Dutch pension funds increasingly focus on biodiversity

01/11/2022

Publication: Benchmark on Responsible Investment by Pension Funds in the Netherlands 2022 - Reflection: beyond the benchmark

Now that climate change is on the agenda of all pension funds, biodiversity will follow as an ESG theme that deserves more attention. More than a third of the Dutch pension funds indicate this in the annual comparative study by […]

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Presentation theme study Impact Investing

10/11/2022

Theme study Impact Investing On November 10, VBDO presents her most recent study on Impact Investing in illiquid markets for Dutch pension funds, in collaboration with Achmea Investment Management and WWF. You may pre-order a digital copy of the report […]

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The purpose of finance and investment

VBDO publishes podcast: The purpose of finance and investment

05/06/2022

The worlds’ severe challenges on sustainable development call for financial decision-making from investors on capital markets, CFO’s within companies and governmental policymakers, to meet them. Especially now, at a point in time when private markets are also beginning to suffer […]

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Ocean sustainability – Expert session

14/04/2022

Webinar recording This year’s World Ocean Day, on 8 June, is asking for awareness and support to protect at least 30% of the world’s lands, waters, and oceans by 2030. Safeguarding at least 30% through a network of highly protected […]

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Column AMR Sara Heinsbroek

AMR: meer aandacht voor minder antibiotica in veeteelt

07/04/2022

Op initiatief van de Wereldgezondheidsorganisatie (WHO) is het elk jaar op 7 april Wereldgezondheidsdag. Sinds de uitbraak van de coronapandemie staan zoönosen, ziektes die van dier op mens kunnen overgaan, in de kijker als bedreiging voor de volksgezondheid. De link […]

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Webinar anti-macrobial resistence

Antimicrobial resistance in the food and agriculture sector

07/04/2022

In this webinar hosted by VBDO and World Animal Protection, experts on responsible investment, public health and animal welfare will discuss AMR and the food and agriculture sector, its effect on public health and biodiversity, what risks AMR poses to […]

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The purpose of finance and investment

The purpose of finance and investment – Episode 1: The origins of finance and investment

05/04/2022

The world’s severe challenges to sustainable development call for financial decision-making from investors in capital markets, CFOs within companies, and governmental policymakers, to meet them. Especially now, at a point in time when private markets are also beginning to suffer […]

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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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