Dutch investment firms some of world’s most sustainable

Dutch investment companies have been ranked as some of the world’s most sustainable in a new survey. ShareAction, a registered charity that promotes responsible investment, assessed 75 of the world’s largest and most influential investors. And a number of Dutch firms – including Robeco, APG and Aegon – topped the list of most sustainable investors. The investors' strategies in four areas were judged: responsible investment, climate change, human rights and biodiversity.

The top 10 includes five Dutch companies, and all 10 investment firms are European. Robeco tops the list, followed by French BNP Paribas Asset Management and British Legal & General Investment Management. These companies scored an 'A' on a scale that goes up to AAA, which no firm managed to achieve. Robeco scored well on biodiversity and human rights.

The Netherlands’ sustainable credentials

The fact that Dutch companies are so high on the list is partly down to an agreement made in 2019, in which banks, pension funds and asset managers jointly agreed to reduce the CO2 emissions of investments. That commitment to going green is reflected in the ShareAction results. Last year Amsterdam remained at the top of the league for green finance in the Global Green Finance Index. The city is also home to many companies focused on circularity and sustainability across a swathe of industries, including fashion, transport and logistics.

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