More attention for sustainability in infrastructure

GRESB Launches Sustainability Benchmark for Infrastructure Investments

Together with APG a group of global institutional infrastructure investors like AIMCo, ATP, Aviva Investors, CalPERS, Mirova, Ontario Teachers’ Pension Plan and PGGM, representing US$1.5 trillion announced the launch of GRESB Infrastructure, a global sustainability benchmark for infrastructure assets. Read more >

APG increases share of responsible investments

APG has almost doubled its investments with a high sustainability value; this is evident from the 2014 Responsible Investing Report. While at the beginning of 2014, such investments accounted for approximate €16 billion, this figure reached some 31 billion by the end of 2014. In total this represents almost eight percent of APG’s assets under management. Read more >

Starters on the job market give too little thought to their own pension

Young people in the pension sector start Pension On campaign

More than half (51%) of young people on the job market give no thought to their own pension, according to a survey on financial awareness among starters on the job market. This has prompted young employees in the pension sector to launch the Pension On campaign to increase pension awareness among starters. Read more >

Investing in infrastructure has emerged from its infancy

Pension funds are becoming increasingly interested in investing in ports, roads and airports.

Why are pension investors so interested in infrastructure? In an interview with Het Financieele Dagblad (a dutch newspaper), Gert Dijkstra from APG provides an answer to this question. Read more >

Interview with Angelien Kemna, recipient of CIO’s Lifetime Achievement Award

This month Angelien Kemna, APG's Chief Finance & Risk Officer, had an interview with CIO. In this interview she reflects on her career in the financial world in general and at APG in particular... Read more >

Three quarters of the oil will never be used

Sometimes it takes a bit of time before Erik-Jan Stork’s interlocutors understand that the person across the table from them is not an environmental activist. Stork is a sustainability and climate specialist at pension investor APG, which manages the assets of the pension funds ABP, bpfBOUW and SPW. He wants large real estate companies, power companies, oil concerns and other companies to tell him what they are doing in the way of climate policy. Read more >

Breakthrough for shareholders in US corporations

Large investors are to get a greater say in the formation of certain corporate boards

After many years of opposition, several US corporations are now willing to give shareholders the right to nominate directors to the board. The right will be granted to (groups of) shareholders owning at least 3% of the corporation’s shares continuously for at least three years. Read more >

APG ignores ECB action


Pension provider APG thwarts the ECB’s buy-out plan. Pension provider APG is not planning to sell government bonds. Not even if the price is driven up by the market intervention of the European Central Bank (ECB). Read more >

In 2012, Mats Andersson, CEO at Fjärde AP-fonden, or the Fourth Swedish National Pension Fund, began a massive purge of the fund’s public equity portfolio. The mandate: Strip out every known environmental polluter in the S&P 500 index (defined as companies with large carbon dioxide emissions and/or fossil fuel reserves) from the portfolio, which makes up 60 percent of the fund’s total holdings. Read more >

Freedom of Choice and Pensions

“Freedom of choice is one of the central themes in the debate on the future of the pension system. However, there are many forms of freedom of choice in the pension system that are conceivable, that can each have different effects.” Read more >

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