About this agreement

The Dutch non-life and life insurance sector currently manages some EUR 500 billion for insured parties. A large part of this is invested in shares, in loans to public authorities and businesses, and in real estate. Some of it is invested outside the Netherlands. We not only want this to be safe and profitable; we also want it to be invested responsibly. This agreement creates the opportunity to exert influence and to prevent and tackle problems within the chain.

With the new agreement, Dutch insurers are the first in the world in this sector to enter into a broader and more ambitious agreement that addresses issues relating to the environment and social aspects such as corporate governance. The commitments in the agreement are based on the OECD guidelines for multinational enterprises and the UN guidelines on business and human rights; among other things the agreement also promotes animal rights.