Endorsements and advocacy
By endorsing and being actively involved in international initiatives, NN Investment Partners underlines its ambition and approach to responsible investing.
Since June 2017, NN Group is a member of the Institutional Investors Group on Climate Change (IIGCC). IIGCC is an investor network that collaborates on the topic of climate change. IIGCC has 140 members, across nine European countries who represent over €18 trillion AUM. IIGCC’s purpose is to provide a collaborative platform for investors to encourage public policies, investment practices, and corporate behaviour that address long-term risks and opportunities associated with climate change.
NN IP participates in IIGCC’s corporate programme, where we engage about climate change risks and opportunities faced by companies, as well as their strategies and performance in addressing and disclosing them.
NN Group is a member of CDP, formerly known as the Carbon Disclosure Project. This international organisation aims to transform the way the world does business to prevent climate change and protect our natural resources. The CDP encourages measurement and disclosure to improve the management of environmental risk. In doing so, it has incentivised thousands of companies to disclose their environmental performance. This information is made available to investors to mitigate risk, capitalise on opportunities and make investment decisions that drive action towards a more sustainable world.
NN Investment Partners is a 2008 signatory of the United Nations Principles for Responsible Investment (UN PRI) since 2008. This is an international network of investors working together to put its six Principles for Responsible Investment into practice. Its goal is to understand the implications of sustainability for investors and support signatories to incorporate these issues into their investment decision making and ownership practices. In implementing the Principles, we contribute to the development of a more sustainable global financial system.
NN IP is a member of the PRI coordinated collaborative engagement on cyber security and palm oil. In these engagement groups we collaborate with other investors on the topic of cyber security and palm oil, and lead engagements with companies around these topics. NN IP is also a member of the PRI Fixed Income Advisory Committee. This committee advises the PRI on the strategy and execution of the Fixed Income Work Stream, which aims to share knowledge and collaborate for change and impact.
Eurosif European SRI Transparency Code
NN IP is a signatory to the Eurosif European SRI Transparency Code. Eurosif (the European Social Investment Forum) promotes transparency on the use of qualitative investment criteria to enable consumers (investors) to make a more informed choice, by clarifying the principles and processes used by SRI mutual funds in their investment processes.
IIRC Pilot Programme
The International Integrated Reporting Council (IIRC) is a global coalition of regulators, investors, companies, standard setters, the accounting profession and NGOs. Together, this coalition shares the view that communication about businesses’ value creation should be the next step in the evolution of corporate reporting.
NN IP is a member of the International Corporate Governance Network (ICGN). This organisation has the mission to promote effective standards of corporate governance and investor stewardship to advance efficient markets and sustainable economies world-wide. NN IP’s governance positions are guided by the ICGN Global Governance Principles and Global Stewardship Principles.
Dutch Corporate governance forum Eumedion represents institutional investors' interests in the field of corporate governance and related sustainability performance. It’s objective is to maintain and further develop good corporate governance and sustainability performance on the basis of the responsibility of institutional investors established in the Netherlands. At the same time, Eumedion wants to advance the acceptance of, and compliance with, generally accepted corporate governance standards by listed companies and institutional investors in the Netherlands and Europe in particular.
NN IP is a member of the general board of Eumedion, and is an active member within the investment committee, legal committee and research committee.
Green Bond Principles
NN IP is a member of the Green Bond Principles of the International Capital Markets Association (ICMA). Green Bonds enable capital-raising and investment for new and existing projects with environmental benefits. Recent activity indicates that the market for Green Bonds is developing rapidly. The Green Bond Principles (GBP) are voluntary process guidelines that recommend transparency and disclosure and promote integrity in the development of the Green Bond market by clarifying the approach for issuance of a Green Bond. The GBP are intended for broad use by the market: they provide issuers guidance on the key components involved in launching a credible Green Bond; they aid investors by ensuring availability of information necessary to evaluate the environmental impact of their Green Bond investments; and they assist underwriters by moving the market towards standard disclosures which will facilitate transactions.
Members and Observers of the Green Bond Principles are asked to contribute to the annual update of the principles by sending their comments to the Secretariat. Members and Observers are also invited to attend the General Meeting that is held during the first six months of every calendar year. This meeting serves as an informational update, provides an opportunity to have a report on activities by the Executive Committee (EC) and conducts any necessary business in the running of the Principles, in particular the election of the EC.
GRESB Green Bond Working Group
NN IP is a member of the GRESB Green Bond Working Group. This group brings together property companies, underwriters, and fixed income investors to share information, evolve best practices, and drive greater adoption of green property bonds. The objective of the working group is to: Connect market participants through a working group registry Catalyze green property bond transactions, globally Provide input for the next version of the GRESB "Green Bond Guidelines for the Real Estate Sector"