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Rotterdam, Zurich, 11 August 2015 – Robeco Group and RobecoSAM have announced that they have been awarded A+ scores by the United Nations-supported Principles for Responsible Investment (UN PRI) for their overarching approach to responsible investment. Of the 681 investment managers that are signatories of the UNPRI, only 16% received A+ scores for their overarching approach. Robeco has been a signatory of the UNPRI since 2006, RobecoSAM since 2007.
Roderick Munsters, CEO of Robeco: “I am delighted that Robeco has achieved A+ scores for all the different modules assessed by the UN PRI. It is testimony to our approach to Sustainability Investing; we were one of the first larger asset managers to make Sustainability Investing a strategic priority over a decade ago, and today Sustainability Investing is one of the strategic pillars of our 2014-2018 strategy. The high scores we have been awarded for all the modules confirm our leadership in Sustainability Investing across all asset classes. I’m convinced that the importance of sustainability investing will continue to increase and that our expertise in this area will continue to benefit our clients and us.”
Michael Baldinger, CEO of RobecoSAM: “We are proud to have been awarded such outstanding scores by the UN PRI. RobecoSAM has shaped the Sustainability Investing landscape over the past 20 years and these strong results reflect our unwavering conviction that financial analysis without ESG integration is incomplete. Our focus over the last two decades has helped us develop A+-rated knowledge, tools and best practices which are of benefit to both current and future clients. "
Although RobecoSAM's scores are partly reflected in Robeco’s group score, the company was also assessed separately since it is a UN PRI signatory in its own right. Please find here the links to the 2014-15 Public RI Transparency Reports* for Robeco and RobecoSAM.
About the UN PRI and their assessment framework
The United Nations-supported PRI initiative is an international network of investors working together to put the six Principles for Responsible Investment into practice. Its goal is to understand the implications of sustainability for investors and support signatories to incorporate these issues into their investment decision making and ownership practices. In line with Principle 6, the PRI signatories must “report on their activities and progress towards implementing the Principles”. Signatories are scored for each UN PRI principle and the scores are measured against those of other investment managers that have signed the UN PRI. In 2015, the peer group for Robeco & RobecoSAM consisted of over 681 investment managers worldwide.