A heart for the planet and people

Socially responsible investing

Since its foundation in 2000, Mercier Vanderlinden Asset Management has attached great importance to the social-ecological impact we have on society.

We believe it is important to assume our social responsibility as a company.

Mercier Vanderlinden has hence upheld a strong track record of incorporating values ​​and norms in its investment approach. This has historically translated itself in the exclusion of various sectors and companies related to child labor, arms manufacturing and other activities that do not align with the values of Mercier Vanderlinden.

One of these values ​​has always been transparency. For this reason, Mercier Vanderlinden has clearly set out its ESG principles in a public document (ESG policy), so that any stakeholder can consult it at any time. By clearly outlining our ESG guidelines and making our policy public, we willingly open ourselves for feedback and provide stakeholders with the opportunity to verify our compliance with our own ESG guidelines.

We sincerely hope this contributes to our already strong conviction that any investment that we make should be in line with the values ​​that are close to our heart.

Mercier Vanderlinden has been a signatory to the UNPRI (United Nations Principles for responsible investment) since 2017. By subscribing to the UNPRI, we are committed to improving the transparency of our investment process with regard to the application of ESG criteria.

As a long-term investor, we also wish to play a shareholder role in the companies in which we invest in order to give concrete expression to “sustainable investment” and to respect the international ESG standards.

By taking ESG criteria into account, we are convinced that we can make more informed decisions.

Carbon Neutral

Mercier Vanderlinden takes responsibility for its climate impact

Mercier Vanderlinden became the first carbon-neutral asset manager in Belgium in 2016 and has remained CO2-neutral for the fourth year in a row.

In this respect, we have mapped out our environmental footprint and made efforts to improve and reduce our emissions (e.g. through switching to green electricity and installing solar panels, the energy-conscious renovation of our offices and advocating more electric vehicles in the fleet).

However, some emissions are unavoidable and still have a global impact for which future generations will pay a high price. That is why Mercier Vanderlinden decided to work with CO2logic to become CO2 neutral and take responsibility for its own impact instead of passing the consequences on to society.

Carbon Neutral

Mercier Vanderlinden takes responsibility for its climate impact

Mercier Vanderlinden became the first carbon-neutral asset manager in Belgium in 2016 and has remained CO2-neutral for the fourth year in a row.

In this respect, we have mapped out our environmental footprint and made efforts to improve and reduce our emissions (e.g. through switching to green electricity and installing solar panels, the energy-conscious renovation of our offices and advocating more electric vehicles in the fleet).

However, some emissions are unavoidable and still have a global impact for which future generations will pay a high price. That is why Mercier Vanderlinden decided to work with CO2logic to become CO2 neutral and take responsibility for its own impact instead of passing the consequences on to society.

Charity

Mercier Vanderlinden engages itself

Mercier Vanderlinden has also been supporting various Belgian charitable organisations for several years. Each year, our employees have the opportunity to suggest an organisation that is close to their hearts. Ten projects are then democratically selected for financial support. In this way, Mercier Vanderlinden supports the activities of organisations that are active in helping underprivileged people, care for the disabled, scientific research and numerous other fields.

This year, special attention was exceptionally paid to research into COVID-19. For example, we recently decided to support two studies financially: KULeuven (COVID-19 solidarity action) and Stichting St Luc (#Clapandact). Today, more than ever, it is important to contribute to the fight against this virus.

“ We make a living by what we get, but we make a life by what we give. ”

— Winston Churchill