Responsible investment is an integral part of ACTIAM's investment philosophy and investment process. ACTIAM firmly believes that better decisions can be taken on investments by taking account of environmental, social and governance (ESG) issues. ACTIAM chooses its partners carefully. If we want to enter into a property transaction or contract with service providers, tenants or buyers, we apply a customer due diligence procedure. This procedure tests the integrity and reliability of the other parties to the contract.
ACTIAM rules out in advance certain investments, parties and tenants. ACTIAM's Fundamental Investment Principles set out how it wants to approach firms, authorities, tenants and institutions that do not deal responsibly with environmental, social and governance issues. This specifically concerns human rights, fundamental labour rights, corruption, the environment, weapons, customer and product integrity and animal welfare. In addition, ACTIAM applies its Fundamental Material Drivers assessment in order to identify and categorize any parties according to capacity of management in several ESG-related drivers, from human capital development to land use impact. Tenants and institutions are screened for all these points.
Furthermore, ACTIAM strives for best management of its portfolio, so that the assets are always compliant with current laws and regulations, but also prepared for future uptake in such regulations. Finally, we have internal targets and thresholds, one example is the exclusion of investment in buildings without the highest energy efficiency label (A) or the opportunity to obtain this label within a short period of time.