Responsible investment

For financial and social returns

Responsible investments enable our clients to realize a valuable future for their beneficiaries, for pensioners. We are convinced that financial and social returns go hand-in-hand. ​Through our activities in the field of responsible investment, PGGM provides responsible, stable and good investment results that are consistent with our clients’ ambitions for their pensions.

Responsible investment is therefore an integral part of our investment approach. It means that we consciously take account of environmental, social and governance (ESG) factors in our investment processes. Read more about Responsible Investment in our Responsible Investment Annual Report 2018 and read the blogs of our experts.

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    We believe that responsible investment pays off. We also believe in the driving force of capital, and we are convinced that financial returns and sustainable development strengthen each other.

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    Focus Areas

    Together with our clients we seek to realise positive impact on seven societal focus areas, for example in the areas of climate and environment, health, and corporate governance.

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    We apply six instruments in support of the implementation of responsible investment activities. From investing in solutions, voting and engagement with companies, to exclusions.

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    The focus in responsible investment is shifting from processes to results. What is, in addition to financial returns, the societal impact? We measure, report and steer on this impact.

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    We innovate continuously in responsible investment. For example, we are going to measure and reduce the CO2 footprint of the investment portfolio. We also contribute to the transformation of the present-day economy into a circular economy.

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    We strongly believe that cooperation with institutional investors and other market participants such as regulators and universities leads to synergy and greater impact. We therefore participate in many partnerships and on various themes.

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    We attach great importance to clear reporting and transparency with regard to our activities in the field of responsible investment. This web page contains the reports and documents about responsible investment within the focus areas.

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    The experts from the Responsible Investment team regularly publish articles and blogs on current issues related to responsible investment. Meet our experts here, and read their views on various topics such as investing in climate solutions and corporate governance.

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Hans Op t Veld

Head of Responsible Investment