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You’ll find the most extensive information about Van Lanschot’s CSR policies in our annual reports, which are downloadable here.
For the 2016 financial year, we present our first integrated annual report, taking the most relevant sections from our CSR reporting and integrating them into our directors’ report. This allows us to present both financial and non-financial information in conjunction, while our CSR supplement drills a little deeper into the non-financial information.
Our 2016 report has been drawn up using international CSR reporting guidelines, such as those provided by the International Integrated Reporting Council (IIRC) and Global Reporting Initiative (GRI), and has been assured by our external auditors. For a review of GRI indicators in our 2016 report, go to the bottom of this page, where they are presented alongside the GRI reviews of previous years.
Several external parties have reviewed and rated Van Lanschot on its CSR policies and reporting, and their reports are also accessible on this page.
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The Dutch Ministry of Economic Affairs has developed its own instrument to measure the transparency of CSR reporting: the annual Transparency Benchmark (TBM). In November 2016, our 2015 CSR Report earned us 12th place in a league table of 250 entrants.
Dutch research company Sustainalytics reviews companies across the world on their sustainability, typically for clients such as institutional investors, banks and asset managers. In 2016, Van Lanschot’s Sustainalytics score was unchanged at 90 points, which puts us in first place in our peer group of medium-sized banks.
In 2016 the Belgian organisation Forum Ethibel carried out its fourth assessment of the extent to which Van Lanschot has increased the proportion of responsible loans and investments within its entrusted financial resources (savings and deposits). An audit over 2015 revealed that 95% of all assets on the balance sheet were screened on sustainability. The non-screened assets (5%) are difficult to screen, since they include tax assets, goodwill and buildings. In addition to this audit, Forum Ethibel also examined the implementation of our responsible investment policy. We received sustainability certificates for both audits.
The Dutch Fair Bank and Insurance Guide (Eerlijke Bank- en Verzekeringswijzer) is an initiative on the part of six NGOs to benchmark the ESG policies of the largest banks in the Netherlands. Van Lanschot scores above average for years in this benchmark. The reason why some of the sub-scores (slightly) decreased in the December 2016 update is directly related to the changing sustainability requirements from the Dutch Fair Bank and Insurance Guide.
We support the intention of the Dutch Fair Bank and Insurance Guide but we question the chosen method. In line with this reasoning the Dutch Banking Association (NVB) came with a press release. To date, the guide has brushed aside much of our criticism. (Our response to Fair Bank update dates from September 2015; available in Dutch only).
The Carbon Disclosure Project (CDP) is a not-for-profit organisation that collects, harmonises and publishes environmental data. Van Lanschot Kempen affiliated to the CDP in 2014 and also supplies it with environmental data. Our CDP score is B (on a scale from A to D-).
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