Sustainable Investing Glossary

UN Global Compact

A global corporate sustainability initiative, calling on companies, investors and other participants to align their strategies and operations with universal principles on human rights, labor, environment and anti-corruption.

Human Rights

Principle 1: Businesses should support and respect the protection of internationally proclaimed human rights; and 

Principle 2: Make sure that they are not complicit in human rights abuses. 

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Making better-informed investment decisions
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Principle 3: Businesses should uphold the freedom of association and the effective recognition of the right to collective bargaining; 

Principle 4: The elimination of all forms of forced and compulsory labor; 

Principle 5: The effective abolition of child labor; and 

Principle 6: The elimination of discrimination in respect of employment and occupation.


Principle 7: Businesses should support a precautionary approach to environmental challenges; 

Principle 8: Undertake initiatives to promote greater environmental responsibility; and 

Principle 9: Encourage the development and diffusion of environmentally friendly technologies.


Principle 10: Businesses should work against corruption in all its forms, including extortion and bribery. 

Robeco is a participant in the UN Global Compact and engages with companies that structurally and severely breach its principles.

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