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Sustainable investing

Creating returns that benefit the world we live in

Meeting the needs of the present generation without compromising those of generations to come. It’s not just a tick-the-boxes activity for us: Robeco has been a global leader in sustainable investing since 1995.

The Big Book of Sustainable Investing
  • Working on real impact

    We know that sustainability is a long-term force for change and a driver to integrate ESG across our investment solutions, actively engage with companies, and work on real impact.

    By diving deeper to understand dynamics and impact, our comprehensive sustainable approach leads to better-informed investment decisions. Creating better returns – and looking after the world we live in.

    Our long commitment to sustainability often leads to external recognition: Robeco ranked first place for SI in the renowned ShareAction survey of 75 global asset managers.

    Climate investing: from urgency to solutions Sustainability reports and policies

RobecoSAM: an impactful ingredient

  • For over 25 years, RobecoSAM has been at the forefront of sustainable investing (SI). Today, it is Robeco’s sustainability ingredient brand, used to designate selected SI intelligence and research.  

    RobecoSAM-labeled strategies guarantee a state of the art impact approach. This is true of all our sustainable thematic strategies, but applies equally to our equity and fixed income impact strategies. 

    About RobecoSAM Sustainable Investing Research Impact Investing
  • All of these strategies have been designed to have a positive, measurable impact on the environment and society and to contribute to the UN’s 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). But there’s more. RobecoSAM also designates Robeco’s range of rankings of both companies and countries in terms of their sustainability to help investors make responsible choices. In a nutshell, sustainability impacts everything we do. Our SI ingredient brand is an assurance that sustainability takes center stage at Robeco.

    Sustainable Investing Expertise by RobecoSAM

Sustainable investing requires a dose of realism

Nothing is impossible

  • The one thing we cannot do is nothing. Our Sustainability Inside approach, which uses ESG building blocks, is applied to the majority of our strategies. As of December 2020, we have 254 billion AUD assets integrating ESG. We tailor our solutions to individual risk budgets and SI needs, while ensuring ESG information is consistently integrated into our investment processes.

    With an extensive range of impact investing products, we also cater to investors with explicit ESG targets, like environmental footprint reduction, investors who wish to contribute to the SDGs, or invest in themes, like water or gender equality.

    Our sustainable strategies Sustainable Finance Action Plan
  • A team of engagement specialists maintains an active dialogue with 200 companies to influence corporate behavior. They also vote at around 5,000 shareholder meetings, creating real change. For example, following our engagement, Shell agreed to set short-term targets for cutting carbon emissions, and will link executive pay to meeting these objectives for the first time. We endorse numerous codes of conduct and principles. Robeco is a PRI signatory, a participant in the UNGC and the ICGN. We have also signed the Dutch SDG Investing Agenda and several local stewardship codes. 

    You can embark on sustainability investing in small steps. What we see at Robeco is that, as knowledge of and experience in SI increase across the organization, so does conviction. Nothing is impossible.

    Active ownership Sustainability networks

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Keep up with our knowledge and trends through articles, podcasts and videos.

More insights
China: charting the course to carbon neutrality
China: charting the course to carbon neutrality
China’s pledge to become carbon neutral by 2060 has left many observers both excited and perplexed.
20-04-2021 | Insight
The data dilemma in tackling climate change
The data dilemma in tackling climate change
Curbing global warming means cutting emissions – but getting the right data is not so simple.
19-04-2021 | Insight
Sustainability trends in Asia present investor opportunities
Sustainability trends in Asia present investor opportunities
There are numerous developments in the Asian region that bode well for sustainable investing, says Arnout van Rijn, Robeco’s CIO Asia Pacific.
16-04-2021 | Video
Urgency: Now is the time to address climate risk
Urgency: Now is the time to address climate risk
Climate change is the biggest challenge facing humanity today.
15-04-2021 | Insight
50 shades of green meets 95 percent of funds
50 shades of green meets 95 percent of funds
The regulation designed to shake up the sustainable investing landscape in the EU is one month old.
12-04-2021 | Insight
Moving from red to amber in tackling climate change
Moving from red to amber in tackling climate change
Decarbonization pledges have helped the world get back on track to combat global warming.
12-04-2021 | Insight
Sustainable Water – Tap into a liquid asset
Sustainable Water – Tap into a liquid asset
Water is a precious, yet finite resource essential for life, with no adequate substitute.
07-04-2021 | Product video
Game on – addressing the social impact of gaming
Game on – addressing the social impact of gaming
Gaming has been one of the few winners of Covid-19, as people stuck at home took to their consoles.
07-04-2021 | Insight
In addition to sustainable investing, we also have four other key strengths: