Investments

We have three priorities in investing your donations for charity: safety, ethics and high interest.

Safety

Managing investments in a safe way is our highest priority. To do this, we take several measures:

Ethical, sustainable and social

All investments at the Future Fund are done in accordance with ‘responsible’ investment values. Responsible investing means that ethical, sustainable and social standards are taken into account in the investments.

High interest

Finally, we make it a priority to generate a good interest every year for the charities. To do this, we have made an extensive comparison of all available investment funds on their historical performance and their cost.

ESG + SRI: Responsible investing in practise

Responsible investing

In practise, we make our investments ‘responsible’ — i.e., ethical, sustainable and social — by opting for an ESG or SRI investment fund. ESG stands for Environmental, Social, and Governance (ESG) and SRI stands for Socially Responsible Investment (SRI). In these funds, companies in certain sectors are excluded (such as weapons, tobacco and gambling), plus more weight is allocated to companies that perform better on ESG or SRI scores.
For info: ESG and SRI investments generate the same (or even better) return as stocks in general. (The average interest per year on stocks in general was 7.0% in the past 150 years, already corrected for inflation.)

SDGs

Investment fund

In line with these priorities, donations will be invested in the Triodos Pioneer Impact Fund. Triodos itself describes this fund as follows:

Triodos Pioneer Impact Fund aims to generate positive impact and competitive financial returns from a concentrated portfolio of small- and mid-cap companies pioneering the transition to a sustainable society. We select companies for their contribution to our seven sustainable transition themes. Through integrated financial and sustainability analysis we identify the drivers of a company’s long-term value creation and assess the impact of ESG materiality on these drivers. Additionally, the companies we invest in must comply with the Triodos minimum standards.