Foreword by BNP Paribas Securities Services
The concept of Environmental, Social and corporate Governance (ESG) broadly captures pension funds’ efforts at being responsible investors. But what ESG means exactly and how it fits into the investment process can be complex.
This guide aims to clarify and simplify the subject and to sketch out a foundation on which Dutch pension funds might be able to build a strong ESG investment structure. It aims to offer a practical approach to integrating ESG into the investment decision-making process, not least by outlining the building blocks of ESG analytics such as data and scoring.
BNP Paribas plays a key role in supporting responsible investment and sustainable investment practices. We are a recognised leader in the green bonds market and in structuring products that aid responsible investment. We lead-manage green and climate bonds for a wide range of issuers including public authorities and corporates. And we were a lead-manager for the first green bond from a commercial state-owned bank in India. BNP Paribas Investment Partners (IP) was one of the first asset managers in Europe to adopt a responsible investment policy and to apply ESG requirements to all its investments.
Our SRI products have won numerous European awards, not least 10 Novethic SRI labels, 5 Novethic environment labels, and 6 Luxflag environment labels. As a custodian we recognise the role we can play in providing the risk and performance analytics and reporting that will help you adopt and integrate ESG policies and demonstrate their value to your organisation – be it your pension fund board or your investment committee. Our solutions help to ensure transparency and dialogue between you, the pension fund, and your asset managers.
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