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Title:Responsible investing by Van Lanschot and Kempen Capital Management
Date of publishing:August 12, 2015
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Responsible investing by Van Lanschot and Kempen Capital Management
August 12, 2015

                              

For the third consecutive year Forum ETHIBEL has audited the extent to which Van Lanschot manages its in-house funds and all other entrusted funds in accordance with its own responsible investment policies. Van Lanschot works closely with subsidiary Kempen & Co, a specialist investment bank and asset manager. Within Kempen & Co, Kempen Capital Management (KCM) is responsible for investment advice and asset management. The actual audit therefore covers the latter.

The main development in 2014 was the decision to move from an “ESG overlay” towards full ESG integration. This translates into responsible investment increasingly being incorporated into investment processes and the selection process of external fund managers. Our audit, covering the financial year 2014, shows that 72% of the total assets under management were screened. This represents an improvement once gain (compared to 66% in 2013 and 48% in 2012). However, the challenge remains to increase this percentage of screened assets. Moreover, as of the end of 2014, 18 companies were on the observation list and intensive engagement dialogue was being conducted with 30 companies.

Based on our audit we confirm that Van Lanschot and Kempen Capital Management strictly apply, observe and report their responsible investment policies in accordance with the self-imposed guidelines.

Consult the certificate here

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