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We continuously aim to improve our responsible investment processes and policies. This is done through improving our responsible investment policy, other guidelines and processes together with training our staff on the subject. Introducing new asset classes, new regulation or client demand drive the need to develop our approach.
Establish an ESG committee.
ESG awareness has increased throughout the organisation. We set in place an ESG committee consisting of seven professionals from different asset classes and functions within the organisation. We have created a more structured way to work on ESG related issues from internal training to client events, the use and evaluation of service providers.
Activity in both inhouse and collaborative engagements.
We have participated for example in the ClimateAction 100+ initiative and the CDP non-disclosure campaign. We also continued to actively engage with government institutions such as the Ministry of Finance, Central Bank, Debt Office and so on in Emerging and Frontier countries.
Lower carbon footprint on average over the longer term compared to the comparable market.
For the year 2019 all direct equity and corporate bond funds have a lower carbon footprint than the comparable market. These numbers are disclosed publicly e.g. in the semi-annual ESG review.
Actively participating in RI initiatives
We continued to participate in the CA 100+ initiative, within the CDP initiatives we took part in the non-disclosure campaign. We also signed on to the Amazon fires investor statement targeting companies using cattle or soy and urging for zero-deforrestation. We also re-signed the investor statement to governments relating to climate change within "The Investor Agenda" initiative.