In 2015, all United Nations (UN) member states agreed to lead society and the planet back on a sustainable path by 2030. In doing so, they put forward 17 Sustainable Development Goals, often referred to by their English abbreviation SDGs (Sustainable Development Goals). These goals must be achieved by 2030. With its investment policy, Shell Pension wants to make a positive contribution to these goals.
The objectives of the 17 SDGs relate to 5 major themes - people, planet, prosperity, peace and partnerships - and focus on economic, social and environmental aspects of society.
The first 5 SDGs are typical people goals: no poverty, zero hunger, good health and well-being, quality education and gender equality. A typical prosperity objective is SDG8: Decent Work and sustainable Economic Growth. SDG13 (Climate Action), SDG14 (Life Below Water) and SDG15 (Life on land) are good examples of planetary objectives. Peace is mainly found in SDG16 (Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions), partnership in SDG17 (Partnerships for the Goals). The SDGs apply to all countries and to all people.
In order to make Shell Pension's socially responsible investment policy even more tangible, we agreed in 2019 to decide on key issues within these 17 sustainable development goals. That’s why we asked you and your (former) colleagues what you believed to be important. Around 7,000 respondents voiced their opinion in our 2020 survey. The most important findings are shared here.
Shell actively pursues 4 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs): Affordable and Clean Energy, Sustainable Cities and Communities, Climate Action and Gender Equality. Of these goals, 'Affordable and Clean Energy' is your favourite. This goal is seen as the most attractive and also the most suitable for Shell.
Half of you let sustainability play a part when it comes to financial issues. To a large extent, responsible investment means realising a healthy return and certainty for the future. To a lesser extent, it means investing in sustainable funds.
You are not actively involved in the content of your pension scheme; you have great confidence in your Shell Pension Fund. You also think it is important that Shell Pension invests responsibly. Two-thirds of those questioned would like to be kept informed about the investment policy.
A few of your (old) colleagues shared their opinion on the different SDGs, read the article here.