ABN AMRO: 2015 a record year for sustainable investments

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Sustainable investments are becoming increasingly popular among clients of ABN AMRO. The bank’s sustainable investments grew to a record high of EUR 6.3 billion in 2015, with clients in the Netherlands accounting for around EUR 3.7 billion of this total. This is an increase of 19% compared with 2014, and the bank expects these investments to grow further in 2016.

Sustainable investments performed by the bank’s portfolio managers for clients worldwide rose to around EUR 5.3 billion in 2015, of which more than EUR 3 billion came from clients in the Netherlands. The worldwide figure rose by 22% compared with 2014. Clients who made investments themselves or with the bank’s advice also opted for sustainable investments: a total of approximately EUR 982 million worldwide, around EUR 678 million of which in the Netherlands – comparable with the figure in 2014.

Growing interest in sustanable investments

Jeroen Rijpkema, CEO of ABN AMRO Private Banking International: ‘We have seen a growing interest in sustainable investments for years now. Our clients are clearly committed to using their money to invest in sustainability. We expect the demand for sustainable investment products to grow further in the coming years. Sustainable investments are just as good as traditional investments when it comes to risk and return.’

The bank’s sustainable investment portfolio consists of investments in companies that not only conduct business in a socially responsible manner, but also generate attractive returns. These companies are frontrunners in striking and retaining a good balance between people, planet and profit.

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