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ACTIAM

PRI reporting framework 2020

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Promoting responsible investment

SG 09. Collaborative organisations / initiatives

09.1. Select the collaborative organisation and/or initiatives of which your organisation is a member or in which it participated during the reporting year, and the role you played.

Select all that apply

Your organisation’s role in the initiative during the reporting period (see definitions)

Provide a brief commentary on the level of your organisation’s involvement in the initiative. [Optional]

Founding Signatory Sponsor Principles for Investors in Inclusive Finance (Impact Investing), (been) active in several Steering Committees and engagements through PRI (Climate Change transition for oil and gas segments, Methane, Water Risk, Sustainable Forests, Sustainable Palm Oil, etc.)

Your organisation’s role in the initiative during the reporting period (see definitions)

Provide a brief commentary on the level of your organisation’s involvement in the initiative. [Optional]

ACTIAM is an investor signatory.

Your organisation’s role in the initiative during the reporting period (see definitions)

Provide a brief commentary on the level of your organisation’s involvement in the initiative. [Optional]

ACTIAM is an investor signatory.

Your organisation’s role in the initiative during the reporting period (see definitions)

Provide a brief commentary on the level of your organisation’s involvement in the initiative. [Optional]

ACTIAM is an investor signatory and set up a joint engagement in 2016 (focused on water management and disclosure.)

Your organisation’s role in the initiative during the reporting period (see definitions)

Provide a brief commentary on the level of your organisation’s involvement in the initiative. [Optional]

ACTIAM takes part in the Climate Action 100+ engaging with companies to curb emissions across the value chain, strengthen climate-related financial disclosures, and improve governance of climate-related risks that may affect companies.

We co-lead engagements with two different companies and collaborate on another, which involves regular talks with the companies' management and requests for: board’s accountability and oversight of climate change risks and opportunities;
action to reduce greenhouse gas emissions across the value chain, consistent with the Paris Agreement’s goal of limiting global average temperature increase to well below 2 degrees Celsius above pre-industrial levels; enhanced corporate disclosure in line with the final recommendations of the Task Force on Climate-related Financial Disclosures (TCFD).

Your organisation’s role in the initiative during the reporting period (see definitions)

Provide a brief commentary on the level of your organisation’s involvement in the initiative. [Optional]

Member (basic) & Investment committee member (advanced)

Your organisation’s role in the initiative during the reporting period (see definitions)

Provide a brief commentary on the level of your organisation’s involvement in the initiative. [Optional]

One of the founding members and current participant of the group.

Your organisation’s role in the initiative during the reporting period (see definitions)

Provide a brief commentary on the level of your organisation’s involvement in the initiative. [Optional]

Member

Your organisation’s role in the initiative during the reporting period (see definitions)

Provide a brief commentary on the level of your organisation’s involvement in the initiative. [Optional]

ACTIAM is part of the Executive Committee of the GBP and member of three working groups in both Green and Social Bond Principles activies.

Your organisation’s role in the initiative during the reporting period (see definitions)

Provide a brief commentary on the level of your organisation’s involvement in the initiative. [Optional]

ACTIAM is a member of the IIGCC since 2018.

Your organisation’s role in the initiative during the reporting period (see definitions)

Provide a brief commentary on the level of your organisation’s involvement in the initiative. [Optional]

ACTIAM is part of the CERES investor water hub

          VBDO (Dutch Sif)
        

Your organisation’s role in the initiative during the reporting period (see definitions)

Provide a brief commentary on the level of your organisation’s involvement in the initiative. [Optional]

  • Financial support
  • Member of steering committee analyst network

Your organisation’s role in the initiative during the reporting period (see definitions)

Provide a brief commentary on the level of your organisation’s involvement in the initiative. [Optional]

ACTIAM joined working group Principles for positive impact finance

          Natural Capital Declaration
        

Your organisation’s role in the initiative during the reporting year (see definitions)

Provide a brief commentary on the level of your organisation’s involvement in the initiative. [Optional]

Member / signatory

          PCAF
        

Your organisation’s role in the initiative during the reporting year (see definitions)

Provide a brief commentary on the level of your organisation’s involvement in the initiative. [Optional]

ACTIAM is one of the eleven Dutch financial institutions, which jointly established the platform naming Platform Carbon Accounting Financials (PCAF). The initiative was founded by our client ASN Bank and is focused on developing a standard method for the calculation of the carbon footprint of investments.

          Several working groups on the Platform for Sustainable Finance by the Dutch Central Bank
        

Your organisation’s role in the initiative during the reporting year (see definitions)

Provide a brief commentary on the level of your organisation’s involvement in the initiative. [Optional]

ACTIAM is a member of the working groups on SDGs' Impact Assessment and on Biodiversity. 

          Verbond voor Verzekeraars
        

Your organisation’s role in the initiative during the reporting year (see definitions)

Provide a brief commentary on the level of your organisation’s involvement in the initiative. [Optional]

Member. Also several staff members, including the board of directors, are involved in different committees and consultative bodies at the Verbond voor Verzekeraars. Participating in IMVO Convenant.


SG 09.2. Assets managed by PRI signatories

Indicate approximately what percentage (+/- 5%) of your externally managed assets under management are managed by PRI signatories.

91 %

SG 10. Promoting RI independently

10.1. Indicate if your organisation promotes responsible investment, independently of collaborative initiatives.

10.2. Indicate the actions your organisation has taken to promote responsible investment independently of collaborative initiatives. Provide a description of your role in contributing to the objectives of the selected action and the typical frequency of your participation/contribution.

Description

          Within ACTIAM, the ESG Research team provides support to various internal departments and/or clients on sustainability. For example, during the annual client participants meeting for pension funds,  ESG Research provides a training on (combining) ESG and financial data. 
ACTIAM also organizes Investor Events for institutional clients, with focus on ESG topics. We have provided presentations for the Verbond van Verzekeraars as part of the IMVO covenant to help other insurance companies to invest more responsibly. We have written articles about our new policy framework, and ESG topics related to food, biodiversity and the EU taxonomy. We have written a number of small articles promoting discussions jointly with the equities team on various themes, for instance the current issues related to SLAPPs.
        

Frequency of contribution

Description

          ESG Research has one or two interns on average. These are often university students doing their Master thesis and research. We offer the students a place in our team and provide the necessary support, knowledge, contacts and data. ACTIAM also supports industry innovation financially, for instance through its partnership with Satelligence, a company dedicated to satellite data analysis for tracking the deforestation in the supply chain of several commodities.
        

Frequency of contribution

Description

          The ACTIAM ESG Committee (responsible for approving and reviewing ESG policies and procedures) has one place for an external professor in Ethics, Organisations and Society. The person takes place in the (at least) quarterly meetings and is available ad hoc for questions or dilemmas. He is also involved in supporting interns. Additionally, ACTIAM has provided in-kind support for a PhD on Climate Scenario Analysis at the University of Utrecht.
        

Frequency of contribution

Description

          ACTIAM is active in platforms, forums and wants to contribute to the RI industry.
        

Frequency of contribution

Description

          ACTIAM has spoken on several (inter)national events regarding responsible investment, for instance on the World Bank Workshop on 'Resource Mobilization in the Convention on Biological Diversity: Harnessing Private Finance', jointly with the Ministry of Ecology and Environment (MEE) of China and the Foreign Environmental Cooperation Center (FECO)
        

Frequency of contribution

Description

          There are regular thought leadership papers published by the ESG department in collaboration with Marketing and Communication. Furthermore, there is a quarterly ESG report written and public available on the website.
        

Frequency of contribution

Description

          Being a PRI signatory is one of the criteria during the selection process of external managers.
        

Frequency of contribution

Description

          ACTIAM has contributed with surveys and consultations from various organizations on TI topics, e.g. the Dutch Central Bank working group on Biodiversity, and the Green Bonds Principles surveys.
        

Frequency of contribution

Description

          ACTIAM regularly publishes articles on relevant ESG and Responsible Investment channels, such as: https://theasset.nl/sectoren/duurzaam/ontbossing-een-business-case-voor-beleggers/. 
Furthermore, two colleagues are regular contributors of ESG Articles for a national news paper, see for example: https://fd.nl/beurs/1301580/de-groene-van-nederland
        

Frequency of contribution

Description

          Sustainable Palm Oil, Water, Sustainable Forests
        

Frequency of contribution

Description

          In the Executive Committee of GBP
        

Frequency of contribution

10.3. Describe any additional actions and initiatives that your organisation has taken part in during the reporting year to promote responsible investment [Optional]


SG 11. Dialogue with public policy makers or standard setters

11.1. Indicate if your organisation - individually or in collaboration with others - conducted dialogue with public policy makers or regulators in support of responsible investment in the reporting year.

If yes

11.2. Select the methods you have used.

11.3. Where you have made written submissions (individually or collaboratively) to governments and regulatory authorities, indicate if these are publicly available.

11.4. Provide a brief description of the main topics your organisation has engaged with public policy-makers or regulators on.

These interactions cover varying RI topics. Some examples:

  • Open Letter to the Brazilian Government in support of the continuation of the Amazon Soy Moratorium: The letter calls for the protection of the ‘Amazon Soy Moratorium’, an agreement signed in 2006 to ensure that soy production in the Amazon region only occurs on existing converted agricultural land and not through deforestation of native vegetation. Through this letter, together with several stakeholders, ACTIAM demonstrates investor support for the continuation of deforestation-free soy production in the Amazon. 
  • Comments on a proposed rule by the US SEC having negative impact on shareholder rights: ACTIAM submitted comments, expressing strong opposition to the rules proposed by the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) on November 5th, 2019, which will severely limit the rights of shareholders to engage with corporations using the shareholder resolution process over issues with a distinct impact on long-term value.
  • Swiss Government Water Allignment research: ACTIAM is part of the advisory group for the Swiss government on its research on Water allignment for the financial sector in Switzerland. The research aims to develop a guidance for investors to address and engage on basin water security towards positive changes and enhancement of value for the environment. ACTIAM advises the process and outcomes through reviews, feedback and case studies. 

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