Giuseppe van der Helm (The Netherlands)
Executive Director - Dutch Association of Investors for Sustainable Development (VBDO)
ESG-Criteria and Institutional Investors in The Netherlands - From Theory to Practice
The VBDO has published a series of Benchmark reports geared towards uncovering and rating the responsible investment policies of Dutch institutional investors. The integration of ESG into the portfolio is an important element of these Benchmark studies. There are three separate groups of investors that are researched: Dutch pension funds, Dutch insurance companies, and asset managers active in the Dutch market.
Making use of nine criteria, the VBDO compares the policies of these institutional investors and scores them. In the three years these Benchmark studies have been conducted, the VBDO has seen a marked improvement in the policies and resulting scores.
The presentation of these Benchmarks will add an important element to the workshop as it presents the implementation of ESG-criteria in practice and shares the experience of the VBDO.