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APG Asset Management

PRI reporting framework 2020

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SG 18. Innovative features of approach to RI

18.1. Indicate whether any specific features of your approach to responsible investment are particularly innovative.

18.2. Describe any specific features of your approach to responsible investment that you believe are particularly innovative.

In 2019, APG Asset Management has announced that it will partner with PGGM on setting up a platform for institutional investors to contribute to the realization of the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals. Powered by an innovative technology based on Artificial Intelligence, the SDI Asset Owner Platform will offer insight into the extent to which investable companies contribute to these goals. APG and PGGM have joined forces with the goal of creating a critical mass of asset owners who define what it means to be investing in the SDGs.

The SDI Asset Owner platform will use a tailor made cutting edge technological approach to help its users offer a good pension in a sustainable world. This technology, developed by APG, combines the detailed SDI taxonomy with the use of Artificial Intelligence to enable investors to assess around ten thousand listed investments on their contribution to the SDGs. The Platform will work with the data analysis company ENTIS to analyze and identify the Sustainable Development Investments (SDIs) among these. The SDI Asset Owner Platform provides a common definition, taxonomy and data source for investments into the SDGs, offering insights that can be used by investors to analyze, select and engage with their worldwide investments.

An increasing number of global asset owners and institutional investors aim to understand the contribution they make, through their investments, to the SDGs. Now, APG and its likeminded partner PGGM have joined forces with the goal of creating a critical mass of asset owners who together define what it means to be investing in the SDGs. These insights can be integrated into the investment process, and also allow investors to shift more capital to SDIs. Speaking a common language improves engagement with companies and eventually should drive more meaningful disclosures by companies, too. As asset owners report on the same basis on their investments into the SDGs, their disclosures become comparable and provide stakeholders with more transparency.

More information can be found in the official announcement here: https://www.apg.nl/en/article/-Wereldwijd-%20SDI-Asset%20-Owner%20-Platform/1110


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