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Organization Name

ASN Bank

Case Story Title

INVESTING IN HUMAN RIGHTS:

Case Story Date

2009/08/13

Issues Addressed

  • Principle 1 - Businesses should support and respect the protection of internationally proclaimed human rights
  • Principle 2 - Make sure that they are not complicit in human rights abuses
  • Principle 3 - Businesses should uphold freedom of association & effective recognition of the right to collective bargaining
  • Principle 4 - The elimination of all forms of forced and compulsory labour
  • Principle 5 - The effective abolition of child labour
  • Principle 6 - Eliminate discrimination in respect of employment and occupation
  • Principle 7 - Businesses should support a precautionary approach to environmental challenges
  • Principle 8 - Undertake initiatives to promote greater environmental responsibility
  • Principle 9 - Encourage the development and diffusion of environmentally friendly technologies
  • Principle 10 - Businesses should work against all forms of corruption, including extortion and bribery.
  • Conflict prevention
  • Sustainable Investments in LDCs

Case Story Category

Partnership Project

Countries of Impact

Netherlands

Case Description

This case study examines ASN Bank, a Dutch bank committed to investing only in ways
that promote human rights and the environment. Founded in 1960, it was established on the
principle that a bank could be both socially responsible and financially successful. In the 49
years since, ASN Bank has continually strengthened its commitments to human rights and
environmental issues while both becoming more profitable and increasing its client base. This
case study aims to describe the methods that ASN Bank has used to produce financially
attractive, socially responsible options to Dutch private investors, as well as illustrating other
methods the bank has used to achieve its mission, such as independently donating to charities.

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Authors

Lauren Kurtz

Contact Person

None

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