civil society organisations
government, tax authorities and regulators
peers and business partners
Strategic, constructive and proactive consultations with all stakeholders are of great importance to a.s.r. a.s.r. does this by means of roadshows, customer or employee surveys, round table sessions, dialogue sessions and participation in sector initiatives. Members of the Executive Board (eB) also regularly engage in dialogue with advisors, shareholders, legislators, politicians and civil society organisations. The purpose of these discussions is to discuss strategic progress, receive feedback on a.s.r.’s contribution to society and discuss developments within the financial sector.
a.s.r. also continuously monitors external trends and developments to determine which topics are most relevant to it and how it can contribute positively to them. Sources used for this purpose include reports by legislative and regulatory bodies, the World Economic Forum and the World Business Council for Sustainable Development. Other sources include scientific research, peer reports and media coverage.
In addition to this continuous stakeholder interaction and trend monitoring, a stakeholder dialogue was held in 2020. This dialogue consisted of two half-day online interactive sessions together with plenary and breakout sessions. Members of the EB attended both plenary and breakout sessions to hear stakeholders’ views, answer questions and take part in discussions. a.s.r. carefully selected the stakeholders for this dialogue and ensured a good balance between all stakeholder groups. a.s.r. specifically invited stakeholders with a range of knowledge and experience on different subjects or aspects of the insurance business.
Participants in the stakeholder dialogue were asked to give their views on the strategic dilemmas on which a.s.r. was seeking feedback. The dilemmas focused on the various components of a.s.r.’s business operations: responsible investment policy, products and services and a.s.r.’s own business operations. a.s.r. asked stakeholders in the dialogue for open and honest feedback on various dilemmas, which resulted in highly constructive and frank discussions, with concrete recommendations for a.s.r.
The dilemmas about which a.s.r. requested feedback were linked to the three themes of a.s.r.’s strategic framework for sustainable entrepreneurship: 1. Financial self-sufficiency and inclusiveness, 2. Vitality and (sustainable) employability, 3. Climate change and energy transition (including CO₂e reduction and climate adaptation and resilience).
In addition to discussing the dilemmas, the stakeholders present were invited to give feedback on other topics and issues they found relevant, and on a.s.r.’s overall strategy. Part of the dialogue was devoted to helping to define the long-term social role of a.s.r. and what it should look like in the future (2030). Participants were also asked to give their input on the themes and topics most relevant to a.s.r.’s strategy and reporting. This was done with the help of a survey that stakeholders filled in during the dialogue sessions. The results were used to determine the material themes for the 2020 Annual Report. The outcomes of the stakeholder dialogue were also used by the Executive Board and senior management to redefine a.s.r.’s integrated strategy, which focuses on long-term value creation for all stakeholders.
In order to test whether the results of last year’s materiality analysis were still up to date, interviews were held with approximately 20 internal and external stakeholders in 2021. The questions specifically asked: What role do you think insurers should play in the transition to a sustainable economy? What do you think a.s.r. should do in the coming years to optimally fulfil this role? Are there any issues or topics which you think are missing (in a.s.r.’s Sustainable Entrepreneurship Strategic Framework) that are material to a.s.r.? Desk research was also carried out on trends and developments in society, in the financial sector, at other insurers and within a.s.r. itself. Key publications and reports published in 2021 were also analysed for their relevance to a.s.r., including The Global Risks Report 2021 16th Edition by the World Economic Forum and Values at Risk? Sustainability risks and goals in the Dutch financial sector by DNB. The result of this review was that the list of material topics has not changed compared to 2020.
a.s.r. works with peers, social organisations and government agencies to jointly develop policies on sustainability and ESG issues, and to promote their thorough implementation. In 2021, a.s.r. put considerable energy into various joint initiatives to raise awareness of sustainability and ESG risks. For example, a.s.r. is an active member of sector initiatives such as the Dutch Agreement for internationally responsible investment in the insurance sector, the Platform for Sustainable Finance of the DNB and the Partnership for Carbon Accounting Financials (PCAF).
To spread knowledge and inspire others, a.s.r. actively presents its sustainability approach and sustainability activities in a wide range of events, including various seminars and meetings organised by parties such as Change. Inc, MVO Nederland, Financial Investigator and the Dutch Fund and Asset Management Association (DUFAS). The company also organised its own seminars in 2021, such as a seminar on a.s.r.’s vision of the financial markets in 2022. In some cases, a.s.r. also cooperates with civil society organisations, e.g. in chapter 2.7 on the Sustainable Development Goals or chapter 3.2.1 a.s.r. on asset management.
|Stakeholder group||Type of interaction||Frequency|
|Financial market players: shareholders, analysts, banks and rating agency S&P||Almost daily|
|Peers and Business partners||Regularly|
|Regulators and tax authorities||Regularly|
|Social partners and organisations||Regularly|
|Civil society organisations & interest groups||Regularly|