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Sustainability & ESG Expert – PGGM

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As Sustainability & ESG Expert you will be linchpin in the execution of our sustainability ambition. You will develop and execute initiatives to advance sustainability & ESG stewardship and help bringing the private equity portfolio to the next level of sustainable value creation. You will harness external and internal expertise with the goal to create positive difference through the lens of corporate governance, social and environmental impact as well as sustainable business development solutions.

Your Key Responsibilities
Connect with the Private Equity investment team and the wider PGGM Private Markets platform and orchestrate and facilitate execution of our 2025 Sustainability strategy focusing on creating of positive difference and verifiable evidence;
Safeguard and improve integration of ESG factors across our whole investment process;
Advise the Private Equity investment team on the ESG risks in the portfolio and possible mitigation strategies;
Develop / improve the Private Equity investment team’s expertise in ESG;
Drive a targeted and structured dialogue and knowledge exchange with the PGGM Private Equity’s relationship GPs;
Develop and improve a consistent and reliable data exchange for ESG reporting and ensure compliance with the data quality and integrity under the prevailing PGGM policies, regulatory requirements and laws;
Prepare and further develop the annual PGGM Private Equity ESG report; and
Participate in internal and external meetings and conferences as a speaker or panelist and act as an ambassador of PGGM’s / PGGM Private Equity’s ESG strategy.

Jouw afdeling binnen PGGM


PGGM is a Dutch pension fund service provider with roots in healthcare and wellbeing sector, responsible for investing and managing the pension administration for different pension funds, their affiliated employers and employees with more than EUR 250 billion assets under management. Learn more:

Our clients, including our largest client of PGGM, the pension fund for healthcare and wellbeing (PFZW), view sustainability and ESG performance critical for their investment strategy. PFZW has set the 2025 sustainability strategy goals for supporting sustainable development and promoting responsible investment. In line with these strategic direction at least 20% of the invested assets should be supporting the UN sustainable development goals. The portfolio should demonstrate compliance with the minimum sustainability requirements and we shall map out and limit exposure to risk of climate change.

Private Equity team

PGGM Private Equity is a leading global private equity investor with c. €22 billion of assets under management. It has a mandate to invest globally in private equity funds, co-investments, and secondaries.

The team invests in funds of top-tier private equity managers and co-invests with these fund managers directly in buyouts, with a well-diversified portfolio mainly across North America and Europe. The team invests c. €3 billion on an annual basis. The Private Equity team consists of 25+ FTEs with backgrounds in private equity, investment banking and consulting. The team is highly diverse, young, ambitious, international and will continue to grow over the next years. The Private Equity team emphasizes responsible investments, transparency, governance and costs.

Jouw achtergrond

You are a hands-on, self-starting sustainability & ESG expert with proven track record and work experience in identifying risks and opportunities across sectors. You are driven and have “do well by doing good” attitude and are persistent and outcomes-driven. Furthermore you are a strong team player and connector, you can work independently, and you are a structured thinker and clear and inspiring communicator.

Specific Abilities And Experience
Experience: you have at least 6 years of relevant experience, for example as sustainability consultant or ESG/sustainability manager e.g. within an investment manager. You also have appreciation of sustainability initiatives solutions and technology.
Analysis: you demonstrate strong quantitative, analytical and problem solving abilities, and working with data.
Regulation: you demonstrate understanding and interest in current status and ongoing developments of regulatory requirements (e.g. SFRD), ESG reporting (e.g. PRI), corporate non-financial reporting and you are able to translate the objectives into actionable plans and plans into tangible outcomes within the private equity portfolio.
Education: an advanced academic degree (MSs or equivalent) with excellent grades, preferably in Economics, Business, Sustainability, Environmental Science, and/or other relevant fields.
Fluency in English both verbally and in writing is prerequisite. We are only able to consider individuals with a valid work permit/visa for The Netherlands.

Wat wij bieden

A professional and dynamic working environment providing plenty of opportunities to hone your skills and to foster independent and innovative thinking.

Our culture is one of collaboration, development and support with the goal of working together to deliver excellent services to our client.

We have an active learning and development program to ensure the continuous development of our team members.

Your salary will be in scale 11.

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ESG & Sustainability Expert: your new job at PGGM? As ESG & Sustainability Expert, do you want to make positive impact on the PGGM Private Equity program? If so, send us your application and choose a job with impact!

Any questions or want to know more? Send an e-mail to You can apply by pushing the blue application bar and fill in the application form. An assessment may be part of the selection process. Pre-employment screening and references check are an integral part of the selection procedure.

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Job Status: Open

Job Sectors: Associate

Job Type: Full Time

Regions: Hybrid, Netherlands

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