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 held €23,042 million assets as of the end of 2015.[ii]

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: “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). The ballistic missile submarines which are specifically designed to launch nuclear missiles are also considered to be a key component part of the nuclear weapons in the sense of this policy. Services such as testing and maintaining / upgrading of nuclear weapons qualify as servicing nuclear weapons and therefore are also covered by the armament policy criterion.”[iii]

NIBC applies the policy to “all products and services offered by NIBC”. The policy applies to whole companies, not only to the activities of producers related to nuclear weapons. [iv] NIBC makes use of a non-published exclusion list.[v]

In the previous update of this report NIBC was listed in the Runners-Up category for not applying their policy to nuclear weapon producing companies, only the activities of those companies. We commend NIBC for the policy change and welcome it to the Hall of Fame.

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I saw on that you have a comprehensive policy prohibiting investments in nuclear weapons producing companies.

Financial institutions like yours are helping to build the stigma around these inhumane weapons, something that is urgently needed. Nuclear weapons are the only weapon of mass destruction that’s not explicitly outlawed through an international treaty- and thanks to your policy we can show how important and necessary it is that all of society act urgently to prohibit and eliminate nuclear weapons once and for all.

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[i] NIBC, “Bedrijfsprofiel”, website NIBC (, viewed 17 October 2016.

[ii] NIBC, “Condensed consolidated financial report for the year ended 31 December 2015“, 9 March 2016, page 5. Available at, viewed 17 October 2016.

[iii] NIBC, “NIBC Sustainability Policy Weapons & Defense Sector Policy”, June 2016, page 2, available from, viewed 17 October 2016.

[iv] NIBC, “NIBC Sustainability Policy Weapons & Defense Sector Policy”, June 2016, page 3, available from, viewed 17 October 2016.

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

Hall of Fame Institutions

ASN Bank, The Netherlands

ASR, The Netherlands

Australian Ethical, Australia

Banca Etica, Italy

The Co-operative Bank, United Kingdom

DNB, Norway

Menzis, The Netherlands

NIBC, The Netherlands

Pensioenfonds Horeca & Catering, The Netherlands

Philips Pension Fund, The Netherlands

PFA, Denmark

PNO Media, The Netherlands

SNS Bank N.V., The Netherlands

Spoorwegpensioenfonds, The Netherlands

Stichting Pensioenfonds Openbaar Vervoer (SPOV), The Netherlands

Storebrand Group, Norway

Swedish Pension Fund AP7, Sweden

Triodos Bank, The Netherlands

Criteria and Methodology

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.


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 .


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 not previously reported on 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 financial institutions listed in the Hall of Fame, several 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. Some financial institutions in the Hall of Fame work with an inclusion list rather than an exclusion list, while others 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 27 identified nuclear weapon producers.