At the 2nd Impact Summit Europe (22 March 2016), Frank Elderson, Director of the Dutch Central Bank (DNB), and Hugo von Meijenfeldt, Implementation Coordinator for the SDGs within the Dutch government, invited investors, banks and other private sector actors to recommend ways in which they can help advance a transformative, forward-looking SDG investment agenda. This invitation was repeated at the Pymwymic Impact Days (19-20 April 2016), a separate event for family offices and experienced impact investors.
In response, the Signatories of this letter invited the Dutch government and the DNB in an 'SDGI Call for Action' to collaborate on the development of a 'Dutch SDG Investing (SDGI) Agenda' that would identify concrete recommendations for the Dutch financial sector, government, and the Central Bank alike.
Who we are
This report is the result of a 6-month highly collaborative process among the Signatories of the report and contains a first attempt at describing what a national SDG Investing Agenda could look like. To find out more about the Signatories, please click here.
While the Agenda reflects the perspectives of the financial sector as represented by the undersigned institutions, it is important to note that a wide range of government representatives across Ministries as well as representatives of the DNB's Platform for Sustainable Finance were consulted about its content.
Scoped as an incubating initiative with a final deliverable in December 2016, our ultimate goal for this initiative is to help establish "highways for SDG Investing" - at home and abroad. We sought to do so through three main activities:
(1) Advance our joint understanding of Dutch SDG investing; (2) Identify catalytic ways in which the Dutch government and regulators, in particular in context to leading Dutch value chains; and (3) Outline a joint SDGI narrative and roadmap that can help achieve greater convergence, collaboration an coordination between leading actors and stakeholders.