Our Collaborations and Signatories

Achmea has joined a number of (international) partnerships that guide the way we want to give substance to our ESG policy. Achmea also shows its commitment by signing several initiatives. As part of Achmea, the partnerships and signatories below are also guiding for Achmea Bank. 

 

Collaborations

 

Carbon Disclosure Project (CDP)

CDP, formerly known as the Carbon Disclosure Project, is a global database containing information on the impact of organisations on the environment, such as greenhouse gas emissions, deforestation and water consumption. The aim of the CDP is to improve the transparency of environmental impact data and support sustainable business practices by helping companies to measure, monitor and reduce harm to the environment.

Partnership for Carbon Accounting Financials (PCAF)

The objective of the PCAF is, via the exchange of information, to develop and enhance an open-source method for measuring the carbon footprint of investments and loans.

Climate Action 100+

Achmea has joined the Climate Action 100+ initiative. This is an investor initiative aimed at ensuring that the biggest emitters of greenhouse gases implement the necessary measures to combat climate change.

Dutch Banking Association

Achmea Bank is a member of the Dutch Banking Association (NVB). The NVB is a stakeholder association that unites about 60 Dutch and foreign banks operating in the Netherlands. For interest representation at European level, the NVB is a member of the European Banking Federation (EBF). Together we work towards a prosperous, sustainable and inclusive society, connecting with Europe and the rest of the world.

Dutch Association of Investors for Sustainable Development (VBDO)

The VBDO is the association for Dutch investors that focus specifically on creating a sustainable society. The aim is to represent the interests of those institutional and private investors that wish to contribute to sustainable development.

Platform Living Wage Financials (PLWF)

The PLWF is an alliance of financial institutions that encourage and monitor the companies in which they invest to bring an end to the practice of not paying a living wage in the clothing industry’s global supply chain.

UNEP FI Principles for Responsible Investment (PRI)

Achmea has signed up to the United Nations Principles for Responsible Investment (PRI). PRI encourages the integration of environmental, social and governance (ESG) criteria into the investment process and the exercise of responsible ownership through the equity portfolio. Here you will find the Principles for Responsible Investment (PRI).

Energy Efficient Mortgage Netherlands Hub (EEM NL Hub)

Achmea has been a member of the Energy Efficient Mortgage Netherlands Hub since 2021. This is an alliance that includes mortgage providers, investors and service institutions from the mortgage sector. The EEM NL Hub was set up to interpret regulations on sustainability, such as the EU Taxonomy and the goals of the Paris Agreement, and to apply them to the Dutch mortgage and housing market. Its objective is to develop a clear standard for green mortgages.
 

Signatories

 

Paris Pledge for Action 

Achmea signed the Paris Pledge for Action in 2015. The signatories expressed their support for the climate agreement signed during the COP21 meeting in Paris (the Paris Agreement). In doing so, organisations, including Achmea, confirm their commitment to a safe and stable climate in which the rise in temperatures is limited to well below 2 degrees Celsius.

Financial Sector Climate Commitment

In 2019, together with other financial institutions, Achmea committed itself via the financial sector’s climate commitment to the climate goals contained in the Dutch National Climate Agreement. The parties involved agree to measure and report on the carbon content of the relevant loans and investments. In addition, they undertake to publish action plans that contribute to reducing carbon emissions.

UN Principles for Responsible Banking

Achmea Bank is an official signatory (May 2022) to the UN Principles for Responsible Banking - the sustainability framework for the banking sector, developed through a collaboration between banks worldwide and the United Nations Environment Program Finance Initiative (UNEP FI). By signing the Principles, we aim to be ambitious in our sustainability strategies, and to integrate and embed sustainability at the heart of our business, all over the guidelines enable banks to remain at the forefront of sustainable finance. More information on the Principles for Responsible Banking can be found on the UNEP FI website.




Finance for Biodiversity Pledge

In 2021, Achmea signed the Finance for Biodiversity Pledge. This is an initiative of a group of European financial institutions that work together under the EU Business and Biodiversity Platform based on a desire to prevent further loss of nature and biodiversity around the world.

Global Investors Statement on Climate Change

Achmea Bank has signed the Global Investor Statement on Climate Change

Dutch Green Building Council (DGBC) Paris Proof Commitment

The Dutch Green Building Council is a national organisation that works to make the built environment future-proof. Achmea Interne Diensten has signed the DGBC’s Paris Proof Commitment. In doing so, we align ourselves with ambitious targets to make our own properties more sustainable more quickly and to reduce energy consumption by two thirds, and with that the associated carbon emissions.