Sustainable business operations

We aim to effectively manage our direct environmental footprint by reducing our use of natural resources, seeking green alternatives and compensating for the remainder of our carbon emissions. Making responsible choices in our procurement contributes to this.

As a financial service provider, our direct environmental impact is limited as we mainly operate in an office environment. Nevertheless, we have a responsibility to approach the environment with care. Therefore, we aim to minimise our footprint.

Managing our CO2 footprint

NN Group has committed to reduce its CO2 emissions with at least 35% by 2025, and at least 70% by 2030 compared to 2019. With this path we expect to reach net-zero by 2040. This covers CO2 emissions from our buildings, lease cars and business air travel.

We aim to reach our targets through various actions. One way is the introduction of the hybrid way of working to stimulate colleagues to also work from home. Another way is our ambition to a 100% electric car fleet in the Netherlands by 2025. In addition, we aim to improve energy efficiency in our buildings and increase the use of renewable electricity.

Finally, NN Group compensates the remainder of its emissions as we have since 2015 and is therefore carbon neutral.

Sustainable procurement

NN Group is committed to making sustainable procurement decisions and we encourage our supplier to do the same. Our purchasing decisions do not only meet our organisation’s need for products and services, we aim to contribute to society as well and minimise environmental impact in doing so while addressing socioeconomic issues.

Our approach starts with assessing environmental, social and governmental (ESG) factors that can pose risks or present opportunities for NN. When material, we incorporate appropriate evaluation criteria in our sourcing processes and evaluate all costs associated with the product or service. We also challenge our suppliers to offer sustainable and innovative solutions. Our suppliers are asked to register to an innovative supplier qualification platform where they provide detailed information on the policies and processes they have in place to among others minimise environmental impact. During the course of a contract, we also engage actively with our suppliers to stimulate ongoing improvements.

We continually improve our relationships with suppliers and work together in a mutually beneficial way. We have included our most important standards in our approach to the environment and human rights in NN’s Terms and Conditions, which our suppliers agree to when doing business with us. On top of this, all key suppliers are asked to commit to our Supplier Code of Conduct (SCC), which outlines our expectations of the sustainability policies and practices of our suppliers.

NN Group Supplier Code of Conduct

Our environmental data

Environmental indicators
CO2 emissions of our direct operations 2020 2019 2018
% of CO2 emissions offset annually 100% 100% 100%
CO2 emissions (kilotonnes) 13 23 24
CO2 emissions from energy consumed on NN sites 5 7 8
- Of which electricity 3 4 6
- Of which natural gas 1 1 2
- Of which district heating 1 1 1
CO2 emissions from air travel 1 6 7
CO2 emissions from car travel 7 10 10
CO2 emissions (tonnes)/FTE 0.9 1.5 1.7
Business travel 2020 2019 2018
Air travel (km x 1 million) 4 30 28
Car travel (km x 1 million) 37 45 44
Energy consumption 2020 2019 2018
Total energy consumption (MWh x 1,000) 33 47 53
Electricity 6 9 12
Renewable electricity 16 23 23
- Renewable electricity as % of total electricity 72% 72% 66%
Natural gas 4 6 8
District heating 8 9 10
Waste 2020 2019 2018
Total waste (kg) 424,749 632,679 387,139
- Recycled waste (kg) 170,704 366,146 243,891
- Recycled waste as % of total waste 40% 58% 63%
Water 2019 2018 2017
Total water usage (million cubic meters) 0.17370 0.20338 0.129702

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