NIBC

NIBC is a Dutch bank that offers corporate and consumer banking activities. The corporate banking arm covers a combination of advice, financing and co-investment activities, whereas the consumer banking department focuses primarily on residential mortgages and online retail saving deposits in Belgium, Germany and the Netherlands.[i]

NIBC’s sustainability policy excludes financing the manufacture, use, trade, stockpile or service of highly controversial weapons. NIBC considers nuclear weapons to be highly controversial weapons. NIBC uses the following definition of nuclear weapons: “For the purpose of this policy, the term nuclear weapon includes the weapon as a whole, as well as its key component parts, specifically designed to form part of the nuclear weapon (e.g. nuclear warheads, missiles carrying the warheads, tailor-made electric/electronic systems, enriched plutonium / uranium, specifically designed engines and guidance systems). Submarines that are designed to launch nuclear missiles are also considered a key component of nuclear weapon production. Services such as testing and maintaining / upgrading of nuclear weapons qualify as servicing nuclear weapons and therefore are also excluded from financing.”[ii]

However, NIBC allows for investments in specific projects of nuclear weapon producers, “provided that the financial services are used for the specific project and not used for the production, sale or distribution of controversial weapons.”[iii] The policy applies to investment banking activities. NIBC is not active in asset management, nor does it outsource asset management activities.[iv]

NIBC makes use of a non-published exclusion list.[v]

We commend NIBC for adopting a public policy on nuclear weapons. We recommend NIBC apply the policy to nuclear weapons producing companies, not only to the activities of producers related to nuclear weapons. We look forward to engaging with NIBC, so a strong and comprehensively applied policy may be listed in the Hall of Fame in a future update of this report.

 

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Congratulations NIBC. I saw on www.dontbankonthebomb.com that you have a policy limiting investments in nuclear weapons. I think it’s really important that you share my concern about these weapons, and I appreciate that there is a public policy.

However, the policy does have some loopholes and the Don’t Bank on the Bomb report shows how you still might invest in nuclear weapons producers. I am concerned about this, because NIBC also invests my money and I don’t want to be associated in any way with the production of these inhumane weapons.

It would be great if NIBC made the following change to make the policy airtight:
• Apply the policy to nuclear weapons producing companies, not only to the activities of producers related to nuclear weapons.

With kind regards,

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Tweet: Even @NIBC_Bank knows investing in #nuclear weapons should be restricted. Strengthen the policy & say #goodbyenukes! http://ctt.ec/3W21c+

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[i]           NIBC, “Bedrijfsprofiel”, website NIBC (http://www.nibc.nl/over-ons/bedrijfsprofiel.html), viewed 12 May 2015.

[ii]           NIBC, “Sustainability policy”, 16 March 2014, website NIBC (https://www.nibc.com/responsibility/sustainable-business/sustainable-client-relationships.html?tx_rkdownloads_pi1%5Bdownload%5D=2014_NIBC_Sustainability_Policy_website.pdf&cHash=03c2bc0da12bd750fbf9bcafab13a637), pp. 13-14, viewed 12 May 2015.

[iii]          NIBC, “Sustainability policy”, 16 March 2014, website NIBC (https://www.nibc.com/responsibility/sustainable-business/sustainable-client-relationships.html?tx_rkdownloads_pi1%5Bdownload%5D=2014_NIBC_Sustainability_Policy_website.pdf&cHash=03c2bc0da12bd750fbf9bcafab13a637), p. 3, viewed 12 May 2015.

[iv]          NIBC, written response to Profundo dated 5 June 2014.

[v]           NIBC, written response to Profundo dated 5 June 2014.

Who divests?

Policy Research

The financial institutions presented all have publicly available policies – or summaries thereof – excluding investments in nuclear weapons producing companies. Since the banking group usually sets the investment policy and since the group directly or indirectly supervises its subsidiaries, we research the group policy only.

The Hall of Fame section highlights financial institutions that have comprehensive policies preventing investments in nuclear weapon producers. These policies meet all of the criteria.
The Runners-Up provides information on existing policies and makes recommendations for how to strengthen them.

Criteria:

Hall of Fame finanical institution policies policy must:

1. Exclude all nuclear weapon associated companies

The policy excludes:

  • whole companies not only nuclear weapons related projects
  • companies associated with nuclear weapons including through joint ventures
  • companies regardless of their country of origin
  • companies regardless their country of operation

2. Exclude all nuclear weapon associated activities

The policy excludes companies associated with:

  • development, testing, production, maintenance or trade of nuclear weapons related technology, parts, products or services, and;
  • delivery systems such as missiles, that are specifically developed for nuclear tasks. This includes technology that is designed for ‘dual use’ (military and civilian) but excludes technology that is not designed for, but can be used in nuclear warfare. It does not include delivery platforms such as bombers and submarines.

3. Apply to all the institution’s products and services

The institution applies the policy:

  • for the entire Group, including subsidiaries
  • in all markets
  • to all asset management classes – passive and active, internal and external.
  • to all existing and future investments.

The financial institutions in the Hall of Fame have not engaged in any financial relationships with any of the nuclear weapon associated companies listed in this report. The policies of over 80 financial institutions were analysed for this report.

Runners-Up are financial institutions whose nuclear weapons policy does not meet all of the above criteria .

Methodology

To identify financial institutions with a policy on nuclear weapons, we research a variety of sources: NGO reports, screening-agency information, financial institution reports and websites, information from campaigners and other public sources. For practical reasons, the scope of this report is limited to those financial institutions that have an investment policy or a summary of that policy in English. The list of institutions in the Hall of Fame is not exhaustive. We welcome additions from those able to provide them.

For the purposes of this report, nuclear weapon producers are defined as companies that produce key components to test, develop, maintain, modernise and deploy nuclear weapons. There are countless companies involved in the broad nuclear weapons complex, and this report only details those most heavily involved in the production and maintenance of nuclear warheads and their delivery systems (such as missiles and launch tubes). The report does not include companies involved in the production of delivery platforms (such as nuclear capable bombers and submarines).

In advance of this report, all financial institutions were asked to fill in a standardised questionnaire with detailed questions on the scope and content of their policies. Financial institutions that did not respond are not included. Of the thirteen financial institutions listed in the Hall of Fame, six publish a list of companies that they exclude from their investment universe. The companies excluded are listed in the profiles of the financial institutions as a resource. Three other financial institutions in the Hall of Fame work with an inclusion list rather than an exclusion list. The remaining four do not make their lists public.

Each financial institution profile in the Hall of Fame includes a brief description of the institution, a summary of key policy elements, and the exclusion list if applicable. We researched investments in companies on our producers list for each of the financial institutions listed in the Hall of Fame. None of the financial institutions listed in the Hall of Fame invest in any of the 26 identified nuclear weapon producers.