APG is one of the world’s largest pension investors. At the end of 2019, the assets we manage for our pension funds and their 4.7 million participants in total represented a value that topped 538 billion euros. And we are actually quite proud of that. To manage these assets as responsibly as possible, it is our ambition to achieve attractive and sustainable investment returns for our customers, in a responsible way. So that we can always ensure a good and affordable pension. For current and future generations.
Major clout through scale and a global presence
We do not limit ourselves to passive index investing, but pursue an active investment policy for our funds. By managing the trusted assets in this way, and given the enormous scale of the assets we manage, we wield the kind of clout that enables us to really put sustainable investment into practice. To truly make a difference. Being one of the world’s largest pension investors empowers us to set more requirements and, whenever necessary, get companies to comply with sustainability criteria. And so that is exactly what we do.
Our Asset Management unit is home to over 700 highly educated and highly experienced investment professionals. For every possible investment category, we have a dedicated group of highly educated specialists. As a result, we have the in-house expertise to be able to manage approximately 75% of our assets internally. This, in turn, allows us to operate very cost-efficiently.
We have a global presence, with APG offices in Amsterdam, Heerlen, Brussels, New York, and Hong Kong, as well as satellite sites in Beijing and Shanghai. Thanks to this global spread, pension funds and their participants can take advantage of extensive local investment expertise. And they can take advantage of our access to great investors, specialist investment options, and mandates with external asset managers. On top of that, our scale empowers us to negotiate attractive conditions. We pass these benefits on to our funds and their participants, thus contributing to stable long-term returns and low costs.