Policy

Our corporate social responsibility policy covers four focus areas:

  1. Core banking activities
  2. Employees
  3. Environmental management and purchasing
  4. Social engagement


Van Lanschot’s Statutory Board has established key performance indicators (KPIs) for these four focus areas, embedding our CSR policy and making progress and performance measurable and verifiable.

We derive the input for our policies from the dialogue with our stakeholders and from external guidelines. This page has more.

CSR – how it’s organised at Van Lanschot

A range of committees, departments and officers are involved in corporate social responsibility at Van Lanschot, ensuring that policies are disseminated and enforced. This document provides a brief summary of these committees, departments and officers (in Dutch only):

Value creation

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 has designed a figure capturing the mechanics of its value creation process, which you’ll also find in our 2016 annual report on pp. 16-17.

Stakeholder dialogue

The dialogue with our stakeholders is a key driver of our corporate social responsibility 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 employees signed at the beginning of 2015.

2016 stakeholder event

On 1 December 2016, we held our sixth annual Van Lanschot stakeholder event. Two major topics were discussed: our sustainability profile and our responsible investment policy. You can download a brief summary here (in Dutch only).

External guidelines

Our own core values and stakeholder dialogue prompted Van Lanschot in 2009 to become a signatory to three 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:

UN Global Compact

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.

Principles for Responsible Investment

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.

International Labour Organisation

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.

Memberships

Van Lanschot partners/sponsors:

  • The Van Gogh Museum
  • Springpaarden Fonds Nederland – fund that helps keep talented Dutch‑bred horses in the Netherlands for the best Dutch show jumpers
  • Business Transfer Academy (Academie voor Bedrijfsoverdracht)
  • Ashoka Nederland
  • Theo Kraan Award – award for the best Master’s thesis on an investment-related subject
  • JINC – giving youngsters a flavour of the job market and professional skills
  • Young Enterprise (Jong Ondernemen) (Bizworld/Bizwiz) – helping young people discover their inner businessperson
  • Bank voor de Klas (Week van het Geld, NVB) – financial guest classes for schools programme set up by Dutch banks
  • Giving Back – stimulating and guiding talented and ambitious school students with limited prospects to use their talents
  • Nereus – student rowing club
  • IEX Scholenstrijd – investment competition for secondary school economics students
  • Basisuniversiteit – giving children opportunities to research a variety of subjects, with academics, scientists and industry experts

Van Lanschot participates in:

  • The E-RISC Project of the UN Environment Programme Finance Initiative (UNEPFI)

Van Lanschot is a member of:

  • The Dutch Banking Association (NVB by its Dutch acronym)
  • The Dutch Fund and Asset Management Association (DUFAS)
  • CSR Netherlands (MVO Nederland)
  • The Global Real Estate Sustainability Benchmark (GRESB)
  • The Dutch Association of Investors for Sustainable Development (VBDO by its Dutch acronym)
  • The Principles for Responsible Investment (PRI)
  • The UN Global Compact
  • The Institutional Investors Group on Climate Change (IIGCC)
  • CDP (previously the Carbon Disclosure Project)

Van Lanschot complies with:

  • The Dutch Corporate Governance Code
  • The Wolfsberg Anti Money Laundering Principles
  • The Universal Declaration of Human Rights
  • The ILO Principles
  • OECD Guidelines

Working within the appropriate frameworks, Van Lanschot 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. NVB and DUFAS. We have no lobbying offices or representatives in The Hague or Brussels.

Opportunities and threats

At Van Lanschot, we see corporate social responsibility primarily in terms of chances and opportunities, and believe CSR threats are very limited indeed, as we explain below (in Dutch only):

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