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During 2017 we were awarded a top rank as the asset manager performing best across a range of measures relating to policies and disclosure of the risks of climate change. Our clients are leaders in sustainable and responsible investment. Starting in 2013, they were among the first pension funds to measure the CO2 footprint of their equities portfolios and since then, we have further developed the method we used for this. In 2016 we took a new step by actively focusing on reducing the CO2 footprint of our portfolios and to achieve this in an efficient way, we developed a data system that provides our in house investment teams up-to-date information on the footprint of their portfolios. The result was that as of the end of 2016, the CO2 footprint of our equities portfolios was 16% down on the benchmark year of 2014. This responsible investment report sets out how we did this and more during 2016.
“We invest in solutions that contribute to the UN Sustainable Development Goals. These investments meet our financial risk and return requirements and support the generation of positive social and/or environmental impact through their products and services, or at times through acknowledged transformational leadership. We distinguish between investments where impact has and those where it has not been measured, and stimulate the latter to report on measurable impacts.” Download the taxonomies about how we do this.
In general, 2016 was an eventful year with a number of global developments such as Brexit, the Ukraine referendum in the Netherlands and the presidential election in the United States. The pension markets were in flux. Throughout the year, APG actively participated in a constructive dialogue on a new pension system, in which the topics of transparency, freedom of choice, and risk sharing were high on the agenda.
APG believes that long-term value creation to shareholders is the added economic value over and above the cost of capital. We believe that pay policies should be set to reflect and support this. br> br>So in September 2015 we introduced remuneration guidelines to apply to our European and US portfolio companies. br>We updated these guidelines in November 2017.
Governing a pension fund is an important responsibility. Your participants and stakeholders are counting on meticulousness, transparency and good performance throughout the years. Good and bad times alike.With APG you build a solid foundation for your pension administration.
Asset managers can play an important role in making the world more sustainable. This entails a great deal of responsibility and is something we are very keen to put into practice, working with our clients. This report sets out how we did this during 2015 and the outcomes we obtained.