Europe’s largest pension fund to drop tobacco and nuclear weapons investments

Scheme joins growing list of institutional investors in shunning stocks deemed harmful to environment and human health

Last year Aviva, one of the UK’s largest insurers, divested £1 billion in tobacco stocks.

Last year Aviva, one of the UK’s largest insurers, divested £1 billion in tobacco stocks.

 

Europe’s biggest pension fund, ABP of the Netherlands, plans to axe tobacco and nuclear weapons from its investment portfolio.

The €405 billionn scheme joins a growing list of institutional investors in shunning stocks they deem harmful to the environment and to human health.

The industry-wide fund, which manages money on behalf of 2.9 members members, said on Thursday it will sell €3.3bn of tobacco and nuclear arms industry holdings in the next year.

“Investments in tobacco and nuclear weapons have been a dilemma for us for quite some time,” said Erik van Houwelingen, chairman of the ABP executive committee for investment policy. “Changes in society, also at an international level, were a reason for ABP to put the topic on the agenda again.”

He added: “This resulted in ABP’s decision that in addition to the existing exclusions, tobacco and nuclear weapons no longer fit in with our sustainable and responsible investment policy.”

Last year Aviva, one of the UK’s largest insurers, divested £1 billion in tobacco stocks.

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