We are proud to announce that, earlier this month, IQ-EQ Netherlands became one of the first 50 financial services businesses to sign the new Dutch Climate Agreement.
This agreement follows in the footsteps of the Paris Agreement, with a firm commitment to keep global warming well below two degrees Celsius in the coming years.
On 10 July 2019, IQ-EQ was among the 50 Dutch banks, pension funds, insurers and fund managers who signed the agreement in the presence of the Dutch Minister of Finance, Wopke Hoekstra. Signing on behalf of IQ-EQ Netherlands was general counsel Laurens de Lange.
With the ultimate goal of reducing greenhouse gas emissions by 48% by 2030 (compared to 1990), all signatories will now take action to measure, report and limit the climate impact of their financing and investments wherever possible. This promise from our Dutch operation goes hand-in-hand with our group-wide commitment to improving the management of our environmental impact.
IQ-EQ was notably included despite the fact we are a service provider to the sector as opposed to a financial institution or asset manager. However, recognising us as a pivotal party within the financial services chain, the Dutch Fund and Asset Management Association (DUFAS) asked our firm to be one of the first 50 to sign the declaration. And, of course, we were very happy to oblige!