Aegon has signed up to several international commitments. These commitments guide our internal practices and policies, and help shape our overall approach to sustainability.
UN Declaration of Human Rights / International Labor Organization
Aegon is committed to the UN Universal Declaration of Human Rights and the core standards of the International Labor Organization. This is explicitly incorporated in numerous policies, such as the Aegon Code of Conduct, the Statement on Inclusion & Diversity, the Human Rights Policy and the Aegon Operational Risk Taxonomy. Aegon faces the most potential risks in indirect business relationships, which is why human rights are core to the Responsible Investment and Sustainable Procurement policies.
UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDG)
The UN adopted new Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) in 2015. These goals cover poverty reduction, education, gender equality, climate change and health. Behind each of these goals is a series of targets and indicators. At Aegon, we have identified the following targets as most relevant to our business:
- SDG1: No poverty (target 1.2)
- SDG3: Good health and well-being (target 3.4)
- SDG7: Affordable and clean energy (targets 7.2, 7.3 and 7a)
- SDG8: Decent work and economic growth (target 8.10)
- SDG13: Climate action (target 13.2)
We believe we can best support the international sustainable development agenda by focusing on these targets. The choice of these targets is aligned with how we approach responsible business. It takes into consideration the nature of our business as a provider of financial services and our geographical footprint as the majority of our businesses are located in developed economies. See our Integrated Annual Report 2019 for more details.
UNEP-FI's Principles for Sustainable Insurance (PSI)
Aegon is one of the founding signatories of the UNEP-FI's Principles for Sustainable Insurance. The aim of the PSI is to make sure sustainability becomes "business as usual". The PSI comprises four basic principles. Against each of these principles, we've set ourselves specific goals and targets. Click here to read about our performance for each year from 2015 to 2019.
Paris Pledge for Action
Aegon signed the Paris Pledge for Action in 2015, committing us to taking action in support of implementing the Paris Agreement and accelerating the transformative changes needed to meet the climate change challenge.
In an early effort to understand the degree of action required, we undertook an internal review of our alignment with a (less than) 2°C future. It revealed the distance between our current position as a globally diversified financial services company and this ambition, helping us to understand what actions are required.
To address this gap we intend to initiate a multi-year program of action across the company that brings together awareness raising and education of climate change with actions and steps our businesses can take to support the low carbon transition.
Principles for Responsible Investment
Aegon Asset Management is a signatory to the Principles for Responsible Investment, which sets out guidelines for how investors should take into account social, environmental and governance factors when making their investment decisions. When companies do not meet the standards outlined in our Responsible Investment Policy, we engage with them. For example, we were part of the PRI collaborative engagement on human rights and the extractive industry.
International Integrated Reporting Council (IIRC)
Aegon is working with the IIRC and a number of other companies to develop a new approach to corporate reporting, combining both financial and non-financial information.
Global Coalition on Aging
Aegon became a founding member of the Global Coalition on Aging in 2010. The Coalition seeks to raise awareness of aging issues among policymakers and the general public.
Task Force on Climate-related Financial Disclosures (TCFD)
Aegon believes that governments, companies and investors have a responsibility to mitigate the impacts of a changing climate and facilitate a transition to a climate-resilient economy. The 2019 disclosure builds on earlier disclosures made for 2018 and 2017 which can be found in the corresponding Responsible Investment reports published by Aegon Asset Management.
The disclosure is made in respect of Aegon N.V. in its multiple roles as an asset servicer, an insurance provider, and an asset manager. It follows the Taskforce on Climate-related Financial Disclosure's (TCFD) four-pillar framework to facilitate disclosure and the business integration of risks and opportunities resulting from climate change. Aegon strives to continuously enhance its reporting and business practices and welcomes feedback from stakeholders on the appropriateness and relevance of this disclosure. See page 421 of the Integrated Annual Report for more.