Corporate social responsibility
APG is a socially committed organisation. We continue to adapt ourselves and our business operations in order to ultimately choose the best solutions for people and the environment.
Tomorrow is today
By being mindful of the world around us, we aim to make a contribution to ensuring that future generations too can grow up in a livable society. As a pension provider, it is in our nature to have a long-term vision: we work to secure the future of the present generation of members of client pension funds. For us ‘sustainability’ means that the needs of future generations also play a significant role. APG advises its clients intensively with regard to responsible investment practice since, given the scale of the invested assets, the positive effects to be gained from such advice are considerable. It is partly for this reason that responsible investment constitutes an integral part of APG’s investment process.
APG considers sustainability to be increasingly important for the following reasons:
- Companies that incorporate sustainability in their strategic agenda adapt more easily to the changing environment.
- Sustainability yields cost savings. By decreasing waste, for example, and through lower energy costs, lower sickness absenteeism rates and more efficient business operations.
- Sustainability enhances a company’s attractiveness as an employer and increases labour productivity. Employees consider it important that they can be proud of the company they work for.
APG believes that concern for people and the environment can go hand in hand with good financial performance. In terms of asset management, APG utilises its scale to exert influence on companies to comply with the international guidelines for corporate responsibility and Corporate Governance. For example, we make maximum use of our voting rights on behalf of client funds at shareholders’ meetings of the companies in which we invest. APG focuses on investment schemes and propositions which have a sustainable nature, such as alternative energy, environmentally friendly technology and infrastructure. Moreover, we exert influence on companies by actively exercising our shareholder rights. APG issues a interactive website for the Responsible Investment Report (www.apg.nl/responsibleinvesting) every year. Here we report on what APG has done in terms of its responsible investment policy during the preceding year. The principle aim of APG’s responsible investment policy is to contribute to risk-weighted financial performance with a focus on socially responsible investment practice and making a contribution to the integrity of financial markets. Through this policy, APG expresses and gives substance to the social responsibility of its clients. The international standards for sustainability and governance APG applies in this regard are based on the United Nations Global Compact, the International Corporate Governance Network Statement on Global Corporate Governance Principles and the guidelines for multinational corporations and the OECD’s Principles of Corporate Governance. In 2012 also, APG talked to a large number of companies about their business strategy. Subjects that were discussed included the manner in which sustainability is or is not integrated in the operating processes, and how the management of the company aims to realise this. APG expects these companies to conduct their business in line with the UN Global Compact's principles.
Sustainable business practices.
We strive to attain the smallest possible ecological footprint. We do this by reducing as far as possible our environmental impact, power consumption and our CO2 emissions and, where possible, by a commitment to 100% clean production. APG has taken steps that are intended to ensure the environmental policy of our own operations is properly implemented and the objectives are achieved. A concrete example of this is the decision to take part in the Heerlen mine water project. From the start of 2013, APG’s renovated headquarters in Heerlen is to make use of mine water to cool the building. The office does not require heating since its own data centre produces sufficient warmth to heat the building. In fact, it produces excess warmth and soon this is to be fed into the mine water plant to provide heating to other clients. In this way, APG can achieve a significant reduction of CO2 emissions. Moreover, the office has become one of the most sustainable office buildings currently existing in the Netherlands.