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Our sustainability policy covers four focus areas:
Van Lanschot Kempen’s Statutory Board has established key performance indicators (KPIs) for these four focus areas, embedding our sustainability policy and making progress and performance measurable and verifiable. At the end of 2018, these KPIs are integrated in organisation wide KPIs.
A range of committees, departments and officers are involved with sustainability at Van Lanschot Kempen, ensuring that policies are disseminated and enforced. This document provides a brief summary of these committees, departments and officers.
In the past few years, the issue of value creation has gathered momentum on the back of such international frameworks as GRI and IIRC. In response, Van Lanschot Kempen has designed a figure capturing the mechanics of its value creation process, which you’ll also find in our 2020 Annual Report.
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The dialogue with our stakeholders is a key driver of our sustainability policy, as we can only truly take into account our stakeholders’ interests if we know what those interests are and what our stakeholders expect from us.
Our dialogue with stakeholders is also incorporated in our strategy and the Bankers’ Promise, which all Van Lanschot Kempen employees signed at the beginning of 2015.
On 6 November 2020, we held our tenth annual Van Lanschot Kempen stakeholder event. The central theme this year was 'Climate'. Given the circumstances related to the coronavirus (COVID-19), this was an online session. You can view the recording here.
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Our own core values and stakeholder dialogue prompted Van Lanschot Kempen to become a signatory to a number of international sets of corporate social responsibility principles, committing us to incorporate key environmental, social and governance (ESG) themes – human rights, labour standards, environment, anti-corruption – in our company processes and also to engage our stakeholders on these themes where possible and pertinent.
A brief summary of the principles and guidelines we have committed to:
The United Nations Global Compact charter comprises ten universal principles for companies addressing human rights, labour standards, the environment and anti-corruption. These principles are derived from the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, the guidelines of the International Labour Organisation (ILO), the Rio Declaration on Environment and Development, and the UN Convention against Corruption.
The Principles for Responsible Investment (PRI) provide a framework for incorporating environmental, social and governance criteria in Van Lanschot’s investment policy. By signing these principles, the bank has committed to observe these criteria when executing its investment policy.
We endorse the principles of the International Labour Organisation (ILO), whose conventions and recommendations set down employee rights. We are committed to respect these rights in our own organisation and will engage our stakeholders on these themes where possible and pertinent.
The Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights (UNGP) are an instrument consisting of 31 principles implementing the United Nations ‘Protect, Respect and Remedy’ framework on this issue of human rights and transnational corporations and other business enterprises. Developed by the Special Representative of the Secretary-General (SRSG) John Ruggie, these Guiding Principles provided the first global standard for preventing and addressing the risk of adverse impacts on human rights linked to business activity, and continue to provide the internationally accepted framework for enhancing standards and practice regarding business and human rights. The United Nations Human Rights Council unanimously endorsed the UNGP on 16 June 2011.
The OECD GL describes what the Dutch government expects from multinational enterprises when it comes to corporate social responsibility. The Guidelines, which have been underwritten by 47 other OECD countries, provide companies with guidance in the field of e.g. supply chain management, human rights, child labour, environment and corruption. The guidelines aim to promote positive contributions by enterprises to economic, environmental and social progress worldwide. To promote and facilitate the implementation of the guidelines, governments have set up so-called National Contact Points (NCPs).
As a responsible wealth manager we are committed to respect international human rights, at any time and in all different roles we fulfil. For more details, see our human rights statement below.
The UK Modern Slavery Act – a British law aiming to prevent human trafficking and modern slavery – requires enterprises operating in the UK, to publish a statement explaining how they comply with this legislation. Van Lanschot Kempen is operating in the UK (via Kempen). See below our statement.
In 2019, Van Lanschot Kempen signed the Dutch Financial Sector's Commitment to the Climate Agreement. The 'framework publication' below shows how we have fulfilled the obligations that follow from this Commitment.
Working within the appropriate frameworks, Van Lanschot Kempen maintains contacts with regulators, including DNB and AFM, and with rating agencies. It is also a member of trade associations looking after the general interests of financial institutions and asset managers – e.g. DUFAS. We have no lobbying offices or representatives in The Hague or Brussels. We do not provide donations to support political parties or campaigns.