Netherlands Central Bank Warns Of Water Shortage Risk To Financial Sector


Water shortages, raw material scarcity and human rights controversies pose risks to the Dutch financial sector, said a report by De Nederlandsche Bank. Regarding water-related equity investments, the report said the Dutch financial sector has a combined €83 billion of exposure to facilities located in "extremely water-stressed regions" within equity portfolios, accounting for about 17% of total equity holdings. "Given that pension funds have relatively large equity holdings, they account for 94% of this exposure," the report said.