Sustainability
 

Sustainable investing

Seizing opportunities through Investing for Change

 
Through our “Investing for Change” initiative, we want to actively bring about positive change through sustainable investing.

We consistently incorporate sustainability into all our investment processes. We named our programme Investing for Change, because investing sustainably can bring about change. We identify topics of the future at an early stage – and companies that respond to social and environmental changes in a significant way. We thus enable our clients and investors to seize the opportunities on the financial markets and profit from them.

 

Sustainable investing defined

Sustainable Investment is an approach that integrates material environmental, social and governance (ESG) factors alongside financial analysis into the investment decision process.  Below are the approaches that we apply 

Negative Screening

Positive Screening

Thematic

Impact

Investments are excluded based on lagging ESG performance and controversial behaviours. Minimal exposure to problematic products.

Investments are screened based on ESG rating, ESG momentum, business practices and business activities.

Solutions to specific environmental or social challenges (e.g. climate change, health).

Intentionally generate a measurable, beneficial social and environmental impact alongside a financial return.

Reduce risk

Include opportunities

Focus on opportunities

Address specific preferences

Applied to all investment decisions

Applied to all investment decisions

Satellite

Satellite

Investors can use ESG criteria to optimise returns and reduce risk. We are convinced that sustainability criteria significantly improve the investment decision to achieve better performance for investors in the long term.

 

The VP Bank Sustainability Score

Because sustainability and transparency for clients are particularly important to us, we developed our own sustainability score, the VP Bank Sustainability Score. This specially developed evaluation procedure takes into account several dimensions and thus enables a comparison between different asset classes and financial products. This also allows us to constantly monitor the overall portfolio in terms of sustainability.

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By developing and applying our own sustainability score, we are differentiating ourselves fundamentally from other providers. We do not treat sustainability as a product, but we consistently incorporate it into our investment processes. When selecting shares, bonds and funds, sustainability criteria extend our analysis of opportunities and risks. With our VP Bank Sustainability Score, we create transparency, and clients can clearly see how their portfolio is aligned in terms of sustainability.  

 

Sustainably oriented investment solutions

We are convinced that the consideration of sustainability criteria leads to better investment results. Therefore, sustainability is not just one solution among many others. We consider sustainability criteria in all our portfolio solutions, building blocks and product selection. We offer you various ways of addressing the issue of sustainability in your portfolio. In doing so, we select the appropriate solutions from a broad universe of available investment products and funds that are among the best in their asset class. This is also the standard for our own VP Bank fund range. The VP Bank Risk Optimised ESG Funds, for example, are based on VP Bank’s sustainability approach and combine sustainability criteria with a risk-optimised investment style.  The Green City investment theme provides opportunities to invest in sustainable urbanisation. 

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