Socially Responsible Investments
Triodos SICAV I consists of four Luxembourg-based sub-funds that are distributed in The Netherlands, Belgium, Luxembourg, and Germany.
In 2015, the fund volumes of Triodos SICAV I increased by 25.0% to EUR 1,283 million.
These four funds are Triodos Sustainable Equity Fund, Triodos Sustainable Pioneer Fund, Triodos Sustainable Bond Fund and Triodos Sustainable Mixed Fund. All invest in shares and bonds of listed companies. These companies perform well socially and environmentally, relative to peers in their sectors. Their work has been recognised with several awards. For instance, the German newspaper Handelsblatt awarded TriodosSustainable Mixed Fund first prize in the category “Balanced Mixed Funds”. In Belgium Triodos Investment Management was recognised as the best SRI Fund House in Belgium for the fifth consecutive year by the De Standaard and La Libre newspapersas.
Promoting corporate social responsibility produced positive results in 2015. Triodos Research made use of voting rights on behalf of the Triodos SICAV I fund at 125 shareholder meetings. The companies concerned were informed about the issues that Triodos intended to vote on in advance of these meetings, allowing organisations to take meaningful steps to address them.
In total, Triodos Research engaged 661 times with 280 companies, leading to a number of improvements in their corporate social responsibility policies and performance.
Through this work, Triodos Investment Management demonstrated that sustainable investment on the stock market can lead to material developments in sustainable corporate behaviour.
We expect that the continuous inflow of new investments will remain stable in 2016, resulting in further growth of the assets under management in the SICAV I funds. Triodos Investment Management will explore further development of the SRI funds in 2016.