Mercier Vanderlinden has been endorsing the PRIs of the UN since 2017.
As of November 2017, Mercier Vanderlinden is listed as a signatory of the UNPRI (United Nations Principles for Responsible Investment). Mercier Vanderlinden introduced the six principles for responsible investment of the UNPRI in al its funds.
Implementation of ESG Criteria in the investment process
Mercier Vanderlinden, as signatory of the UNPRI, opted for cooperation with a world leader in the field of ESG (Environmental, Social and Governance): GES International (Global Engagement Service). GES International ensures the integration and optimization of ESG in the investment process.
We follow a long-term investment style with focus on sustainability and quality which matches very well with GES’ values.
In 2016 Mercier Vanderlinden decided to become the first Carbon Neutral Asset Manager in Belgium. Cooperating with CO2 Logic, a Belgian climate & energy advisor, the firm took active steps to reduce and neutralize the carbon and environmental footprint of the company.
By supporting “Saving Trees”, a carbon reducing project in Uganda, the company successfully offset all of its CO2 emissions and as a result was rewarded its “CO2 Offsetting Certificate” (N° 900281).
Saving Trees, a Gold Standard certified initiative, helps to save trees, reduce forest degradation and ensure better living conditions for the local population by reducing harmful airbone pollutants in the households.
Since the beginning of the program, 482,000 stoves have been built and sold, 230+ jobs have been created and 2.4 million people have benefitted from reduced pollutions and higher savings.
The environment itself has benefited from a reduction in CO2 emissions (around 2. 66 million tonnes!) and around 7.2 million trees have been saved.
At Mercier Vanderlinden we are well aware that climate change has an important cost to our future generations. By choosing for CO2 neutrality, we take responsibility for the true impact of our CO2 emissions instead of shifting it to society.
Mercier Vanderlinden engages itself
We are just very fortunate to live the lives we live. Mercier Vanderlinden is aware that not everybody has the same luck.
If Mercier Vanderlinden was just about making money it would be sad. It is about having fun, realizing something special and making life better for our employees, our clients and the world around us.
That is why Mercier Vanderlinden has decided some years ago to support charity projects having a close link with its employees.
It is the fourth year in a row that our employees have had the possibility to submit a charity project close to their heart.