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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.

    A roadmap to sustainable investing

RobecoSAM expertise as core ingredient

  • In the 1990s, we were one of the first to see the potential of including sustainability. Today’s investor, too, seeks outcomes beyond their financial goals alone. Societal benefits, like fair employment practices and environmental accountability, are just as essential to them.

    To serve wealth and well-being, we need to understand the financial materiality of ESG factors and actively engage with companies to improve ESG scores.

  • To do this, we operate jointly with our sustainability affiliate RobecoSAM; the leading experts since their launch in the 90s. Their research is the sustainable ingredient in everything we do, and it’s a successful one: PRI has consistently awarded us the highest A+ score in the main categories (source: PRI).

The Truth about Sustainable Investing: fact & fiction

Do you have all the facts about sustainable investing? It’s important to separate the facts from fiction.

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 2019, we have 237 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.

  • 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.

    Our sustainable strategies Voting & Engagement

Tap into our expertise

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

More insights

Tap into our expertise

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

More insights
Another strong year for sustainable investing
Another strong year for sustainable investing
Robeco and RobecoSAM enjoyed another strong year for their world-leading sustainable investment capabilities in 2019.
20-02-2020 | Insight
Navigating the ESG labyrinth
Navigating the ESG labyrinth
In this handy guide, we share the knowledge and experience we have gained from decades of sustainable investing.
05-02-2020 | Insight
SAM publishes Sustainability Yearbook 2020
SAM publishes Sustainability Yearbook 2020
SAM has published its annual yearbook showcasing the sustainability performance of the world’s largest companies.
03-02-2020 | Insight
Exclusions may simply be transferring a problem
Exclusions may simply be transferring a problem
Do exclusions work?
03-02-2020 | Research
Al and health care engagement lead Q4 Active Ownership report
Al and health care engagement lead Q4 Active Ownership report
Reviews of two major engagement themes lead the Robeco Active Ownership team’s latest quarterly report.
31-01-2020 | Active Ownership Report
Real estate fund cuts its carbon footprint
Real estate fund cuts its carbon footprint
Robeco Sustainable Property Equities has scored well above average for sustainability in an industry survey for the sixth year in a row.
24-01-2020 | Insight
Podcast: It’s time asset managers make money talk
Podcast: It’s time asset managers make money talk
If we start investing much more towards the long term, and to sustainable solutions, things will go very, very quickly, says Robeco CEO Gilbert Van Hassel.
22-01-2020 | Podcast
Climate partnerships needed between company boards and investors
Climate partnerships needed between company boards and investors
A partnership between companies and investors is essential if climate change targets are to be met.
20-01-2020 | Insight
In addition to sustainable investing, we also have four other key strengths: