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Biodiversity is rapidly declining at an unprecedented rate in history. Halting this decline is crucial to achieve the SDGs and preserve our planet. Economic consequences of biodiversity loss can be severe and represent a systemic risk for businesses and investors. Deforestation, which is driving biodiversity loss, leads to the release of large amounts of carbon stored in the carbon sinks of forests around the world. In addition, the global agricultural system depends on pollination and soil biodiversity to produce food for a growing global population. The Biodiversity Pledge represents an important landmark for our industry. We are delighted to be among the first signatories committing to this Pledge, and we look forward to work together with the rest of signatories to jointly contribute to reverse nature loss through our investments and active ownership work. ”

Victor Verberk, CIO Fixed income and Sustainability