NN: How ESG principles can make a difference in securities lending

The incorporation of sustainability principles in securities lending programs has accelerated in recent years, as more stringent requirements in terms of regulation and transparency have led to a significant increase in the involvement of lenders. NN Investment Partners has been active in securities lending since 2008 across its equity and fixed income mutual fund range. By participating in securities lending in a responsible way, we believe that we contribute to better governance and oversight across the financial system.

In keeping with our responsible investing approach, we have tailored our securities lending program to adhere to the Dutch Stewardship Code, the Shareholders Rights Directive (SRD2) and the Principles for Responsible Investment (PRI). We also incorporate our established exclusion and taxation principles within our securities lending program, and we carefully review our counterparties to ensure that they comply with our ESG criteria.

To learn more about how we incorporate ESG factors into securities lending, we sat down with Xavier Bouthors and Martin Aasly, Senior Portfolio Managers at NN Investment Partners, and Faryda Lindeman, Senior Responsible Investment Specialist at NN IP.

The full article is available at https://www.nnip.com/en-INT/professional/insights/how-esg-principles-can-make-a-difference-in-securities-lending

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