F&C welcomes new Dutch pensions guidelines

19 November 2007
F&C has praised the publication of a new handbook offering advice to Dutch pension funds on the best ways of approaching ethical investments.

The handbook, which has been produced by the Dutch associations of pension funds, follows significant media interest in the exposure pension funds have to certain companies.

According to F&C, the guidelines hope to promote social, environmental and governance (ESG) criteria when designing investment policies.

Karina Litvack, head of governance and sustainable investment at F&C, said that the country's pension fund industry has been "at the forefront of innovation in terms of investment strategies".

The company welcomes the "increased importance that is being given to ESG issues in this market", she stated, adding that such areas are "fundamental drivers of long-term corporate performance".

In related news, F&C recently reported that it was among a number of investors which sent a letter to the US congress calling for a new energy bill to encourage the use of renewable energy.

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