26 July 2022 | 2 min. readingtime
Today the Fair Insurance Guide (Eerlijke Verzekeringswijzer) published an update on the sustainable investment policy in the industry. From the biennial survey among, in this case, 16 Dutch insurers, a.s.r. again came out on top.
The a.s.r. sustainable investment policy is rated best in the Dutch insurance sector by the Fair Insurance Guide, an initiative of Amnesty International, Milieudefensie, Oxfam Novib, PAX and World Animal Protection. The policy update 2022 of the Fair Insurance Guide has been tightened up again this year on various criteria and the number of sustainable themes has been reduced to 14. a.s.r. scores a 7 or higher on all themes on a scale of 10. The average score has increased to 89%. a.s.r. scores 100% on 4 themes namely Health, Human Rights, Nature and Weapons.
Senior portfolio manager Jos Gijsbers: 'This policy update of the Fair Insurance Guide is a confirmation for us that a.s.r. plays a leading role in the financial sector in the field of sustainable investment. In recent years, we have again taken important steps in this regard for the investment portfolio, such as the a.s.r. objectives to reduce the carbon footprint and to invest more in impact investments. And the bar is being set higher and higher by the Fair Insurance Guide, so we will continue to do our best to tighten up the a.s.r. policy, in line with social developments.'
The Fair Insurance Guide is an initiative of Amnesty International, Milieudefensie, Oxfam Novib, PAX and World Animal Protection and has been examining the investment policy of insurers on a number of sustainability criteria since 2013. Two things are taken into account here: what have insurers laid down in their policy on investments, and what is the practice like? Since 2014, a.s.r. in the first place.