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Sustainable Thematic Equity

Sustainable Thematic Equity

Challenges and opportunities arising from long-term global trends

Key points:

  • RobecoSAM has six thematic equity themes
  • Seeks to identify undervalued companies within the value chain
  • Major drivers include population growth, pollution and increasing consumption of natural resources

Philosophy

Companies that seek and develop solutions that combat dwindling resources exhibit long-term growth potential and are therefore poised to outperform in the long run. Examples are firms that focus on providing clean drinking water in sufficient quantities, waste water treatment and clean energy.

Process

The investment process consists of identifying long-term growth trends and bottom-up stock selection:

  • Long-term global trends: exploring sustainability issues of current and future relevance, providing a snapshot of innovative product segments, new applications or emerging trends.
  • Bottom-up stock selection: identifying those companies within the value chain that are undervalued, and well-positioned to address the challenges and opportunities posed by long-term global trends.

RobecoSAM offers Sustainable Food, Smart Energy, Healthy Living, Smart Mobility, Smart Materials and Sustainable Water strategies.

Team

The strategy is managed by portfolio managers of RobecoSAM who form part of the Thematic Investing team based in Zurich. The portfolio managers are supported by dedicated equity analysts and further thematic portfolio managers from the Thematic Investing team. The portfolio managers also have access to RobecoSAM’s sector, emerging markets and sustainability analysts.

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