APG and the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals
Many companies in which we invest on behalf of our clients play an important role in achieving the UN development goals. In the Responsible Investment Report, we discuss in detail how we are making the investment portfolio more sustainable and explain on behalf of our clients how we are contributing to the 17 United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).
Based on our business operations and the value we want to create, we have selected four of the 17 SDGs we want to help further. By contributing to these goals, APG is working toward a future in which we share prosperity and well-being in a sustainable way.
SDG 1: No poverty
We want to improve the financial fitness of more than one million pension participants by 2025.
SDG 10: Reduce inequalities
We want to lead by our own example in the area of diversity and inclusion. We have targets for the male-female ratio in various ranks of APG, and we also encourage our employees to be actively involved in society.
SDG 13: Climate action
We want to contribute to remaining on the 1.5-degree Paris path. By 2030, therefore, we want to have climate-neutral operations and the assets we manage will be in line with the Paris agreements. By 2050, the emissions from the investment portfolio we manage will be net zero.
SDG 17: Partnerships for the goals
In the area of responsible investment, we want to set global standards together with like-minded people. One example is the platform for asset managers (SDI AOP) that provides insight into the contribution of investments to the development goals of the UN. We aim to have the market adopt this standard, so that the share of sustainably managed assets grows significantly in the years ahead.
We are integrating these four goals into our processes and, in 2022, we will develop the right benchmark methods that will enable us to show what our social impact is. On aspects where this social impact also affects our services for the pension funds, we will align with our clients for coherence. In the section “How sustainable is our own business?” and in the appendices to this report, we explain how we are making our business operations more sustainable.