Look back with us
on the past 50 years
Fifty years is definitely something worth celebrating.
In July 2023, Tom Steenkamp will be completing his third term as Pensioenfonds Robeco chairman and ending his maximum period of twelve years as a board member. He’s justifiably proud of the fund’s results in recent years and its current funding ratio of approximately 126%. Yet he doesn’t pretend that the fund’s success is solely attributable to the board’s management of the fund – he’s especially grateful for the support he receives from the Robeco organisation as a whole, ‘The pension fund board and the employer have been safeguarding Robeco’s pensions together for fifty years now.’
Reassuring to know that my pension capital is being invested sustainably.
The fund’s focus in 2000, when Ingeborg Nefkens applied for a position on the Pensioenfonds Robeco board, was purely about making a return. Retirees receive a very decent pension, and investments yield a good return. In short, now’s a good time to get on board, according to Ingeborg. She’s also pleased to see that besides focusing on financial returns over the years the pension fund has also been focusing more and more on sustainability, ‘Pensioenfonds Robeco can help make the world just a little bit better by investing its assets in a responsible fashion. This is a form of return in its own right.’
We’ve grown from a child living at home into a mature, independent adult.
It was 1997 when the Robeco management board appointed Hendrik Bulle as Pensioenfonds Robeco’s director. At that time, with its 80 million guilders in assets, the fund felt like little more than a department within the employer organisation. Today, exactly 25 years later, its assets have not only grown to almost 1 billion euros in value, but the fund itself has also grown to become a fully fledged, independent organisation. According to Hendrik Bulle, the board’s mission has changed little throughout the years, ‘Pensioenfonds Robeco is a pension fund created by Robeco employees for Robeco employees – past and present alike. Its main aim is to achieve the best possible returns for its members’ pensions.’
Don’t underestimate just how good the Robeco pension is!
Gerard de Bruin started working at Robeco on Wednesday, 01 September 1971, as its 103rd employee. At his job interview, he learnt that Robeco was setting up a pension fund – within six months, the fund had become a reality. A personal interest meant that Gerard was quick to get involved in Pensioenfonds Robeco’s ongoing growth and development. He had a say in its investments and was a board member for many years. Today, fifty years later, he’s discovering for himself just how reassuring it is to have a good pension, ‘Every month, I receive payments on my account that allow me to live quite comfortably. And that’s a very reassuring thought.’