Investing contributions for your pension
Every month, IFF and you both pay a contribution towards your pension. We invest these contributions in order to pay the pension benefits and if possible, increase the pensions in line with the increase in prices.
Focus on the long term
Our focus is on the long term. We are paying pension benefits today, but we have to continue to be able to do this in the future as well. A member who is now 20 years of age will also be receiving a pension when they are 80 years of age. So we have to look at least 60 years ahead.
Awareness of risks
Pension investment involves risks, and we therefore invest cautiously and with diversification. This gives us greater resilience in case of economic downturns. We hedge risks where this is necessary and keep a close eye on the costs.
What do we do and what do we not do?
We think carefully about what we do and what we do not do. The issues we consider to be important, our investment beliefs, are expressed in our investment policy. For instance, we want to be able to explain clearly why we prefer a particular investment category and what that produces.
Frequently asked questions
What do the investments cost?
The cost of the investments can be found in our annual report.
Who conducts the investments?
The IFF Pension Fund uses several asset managers to carry out its investments:
- Fixed Income: Robeco and M&G
- Real estate: M&G and CBRE Real Estate
- Equities: WTW & Robeco
The BAC (Investment Advisory Committee) advises the pension fund board on strategy and monitors investment execution.
What if the returns are poor?
A low return has a negative effect on the financial position of the Pension Fund. If the financial position is not sufficient, it may be that your pension will not be increased in line with the increase in prices. If the financial position is not strong enough for a longer period, it may be that we will have to reduce your pension or your pension accrual. We only do this as a last resort. So far, the IFF Pension Fund has never had to reduce the pensions.
Is our financial position sound?
Click here for more information on the financial position of your Pension Fund.