ACTIAM links Sustainable Development Goals to planetary boundaries

10 October 2018 , news release

Utrecht, 10 October 2018 - Asset manager ACTIAM has developed a unique investment strategy that combines the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) with the planetary boundaries. This strategy assesses companies on their positive impact on the SDGs, within the limitations of our planet. This new investment strategy, developed in collaboration with fintech Util, sets a new market standard for sustainable investment.

An innovative investment approach

Dennis van der Putten, Director Sustainability & Corporate Strategy at ACTIAM: "ACTIAM launches this innovative investment strategy based on the Sustainable Development Goals. We invest in companies that actively contribute to the realization of these universal goals. It is important to note that for this strategy we take a balanced view of both the positive and the negative contribution a company makes to these SDGs. The optimization of one SDG may inadvertently have a negative impact on the other(s). Furthermore, unique to this approach is that we've made a link with the nine planetary boundaries, as defined by the Stockholm Resilience Center. We are not only investing in accordance with the sustainable development goals, but also within the limits of the planet. Investors get access to an investment strategy, where financial returns and social impact come together."

Unique methodology with three-dimension insight

By working with Util, ACTIAM can use data that does not exclusively consider the positive contribution by companies, but also analyses them against the limits of our planetary possibilities. Van der Putten: "Investors get a three-dimensional view of companies in the investment universe."

Planetary boundaries

Van der Putten: "The planetary boundaries indicate the maximum of what the society can consume from natural resources such as water, land and forest. When we stay within these limits, the earth has enough restoring power. We have developed a methodology that reviews companies both in terms of SDGs and the impact on planetary boundaries. We believe that companies that are part of this strategy are better prepared for the transition that is needed to a more sustainable economy. The potential scarcity and the innovation that goes with it, result in interesting investment themes. In addition, this new investment strategy sets, in our view, a new market standard for sustainable investment."