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Voting & engagement

Voting & engagement

Using shareholder rights to maximize shareholder value

Highlights

  • Integrated voting and engagement process
  • Focus on financially material ESG issues
  • Global approach backed by strong resources

How we can help

Investors increasingly wish to have a say in how companies in their portfolios are managed. Particularly when it comes to environmental, social and corporate governance (ESG) issues. Robeco enables institutional investors to meet their fiduciary responsibility to address these ESG issues and become active owners of listed companies. An effective active ownership program consists of voting and engagement. Robeco votes at shareholder meetings and engages with the senior management of listed companies to address ESG issues on behalf of its clients.
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A focused approach

As we vote at about 5,000 shareholder meetings each year, we focus on high-profile cases such as remuneration, mergers & acquisitions, significant holdings, companies under engagement, and ESG issues. For these agenda items we use a proprietary assessment framework. In addition, we analyze voting research, gather input from investment managers and review sustainability reports, annual reports and news items.
View the Robeco Proxy Voting Season Overview

In our engagement program we focus on financially material sustainability themes and the elimination of severe breaches in the areas of human rights, labor, environment and bribery & corruption. We set concrete, measurable objectives. Our engagements typically run over a three-year period, during which we track progress and report the results in terms of the engagement objectives.

Active Ownership forms a key component of Robeco’s sustainability investing proposition, and we increasingly reap the benefits or integrating it into our investment process.
View the 2017 Active Ownership report

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Strong resources

While voting and engagement are the responsibility of Robeco’s Active Ownership team in Rotterdam, the team works closely together with sustainability investing analysts and portfolio managers in Robeco offices around the world. This gives us a truly global approach for truly global issues. The quality of our approach was confirmed in the UN PRI assessment, where we attained the highest possible score (A+) for active ownership.

Engaging with companies on the most material sustainability issues enhances their competitiveness and profitability, and generates measurable benefits for investors, companies and society as a whole.

Public Policy Engagement

Robeco recognizes that the regulatory environment and policy setting of the countries in which we invest, are a crucial factor for companies to be able to support their sustainability commitments. Policymakers play a crucial role in creating a level playing field for companies operating in different geographic markets and they have the power to both re-balance and upset this playing field. Acknowledging principle 5 of the UN PRI, Robeco engages collectively, through the investor associations of which Robeco is a member, on matters of public policy related to the promotion of ESG.

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What is a Wholesale Client?
A person or entity is a “wholesale client” if they satisfy the requirements of section 761G of the Corporations Act.
This commonly includes a person or entity:

  • who holds an Australian Financial Services License
  • who has or controls at least $10 million (and may include funds held by an associate or under a trust that the person manages)
  • that is a body regulated by APRA other than a trustee of:
    (i) a superannuation fund;
    (ii) an approved deposit fund;
    (iii) a pooled superannuation trust; or
    (iv) a public sector superannuation scheme.
    within the meaning of the Superannuation Industry (Supervision) Act 1993
  • that is a body registered under the Financial Corporations Act 1974.
  • that is a trustee of:
    (i) a superannuation fund; or
    (ii) an approved deposit fund; or
    (iii) a pooled superannuation trust; or
    (iv) a public sector superannuation scheme
    within the meaning of the Superannuation Industry (Supervision) Act 1993 and the fund, trust or scheme has net assets of at least $10 million.
  • that is a listed entity or a related body corporate of a listed entity
  • that is an exempt public authority
  • that is a body corporate, or an unincorporated body, that:
    (i) carries on a business of investment in financial products, interests in land or other investments; and
    (ii) for those purposes, invests funds received (directly or indirectly) following an offer or invitation to the public, within the meaning of section 82 of the Corporations Act 2001, the terms of which provided for the funds subscribed to be invested for those purposes.
  • that is a foreign entity which, if established or incorporated in Australia, would be covered by one of the preceding paragraphs.
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