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Sustainable Investing

Active ownership

Active ownership is a key tenet of sustainable investing, which has been part of Robeco’s DNA for decades. We believe that being active owners of the companies in which we invest contributes to both investment results and society. We have huge experience in using engagement to seek improvements in the sustainable characteristics of companies, and voting on issues at shareholder meetings.

Stewardship

  • Stewardship means responsibly managing the assets that have been entrusted to us, and reporting openly on how we uphold sustainability principles when doing so. Actively exercising our stewardship responsibilities is an integral part of Robeco’s SI approach.
  • It is closely aligned with our investment mission – to use research-based, quality-driven processes to produce the best possible long-term results for our clients. Therefore, our stewardship activities are aimed at long-term value creation in our wide range of portfolios.
    Robeco's Stewardship policy Robeco Stewardship Report 2020

Facts & figures

    • AUD 400 billion assets under engagement
    • AUD 177 billion assets under voting
    • 246 engagement cases
    • 7,802 shareholder meetings voted
    • 81 markets voted
    • 67% cases closed successfully
    • 65% meetings voted against management
    • 76,781 proposals we voted on
    • 222 companies engaged
    • 23 engagement themes
    Source: Robeco, Stewardship Report 2020

Active ownership reporting

Keeping clients and stakeholders informed of our stewardship activities is an important element of exercising our responsibilities. Every quarter we outline the highlights of our active ownership activities, providing insight into our voting and engagement achievements, trends we observe, and the major themes we’re following.
  • Proxy voting results

    Robeco votes at around 5,000 shareholder annual general meetings every year. Transparency is a vital part of sustainability, so we publish our voting records on our website and in quarterly and annual reports. Robeco has not been afraid to vote against contentious proposals or resolutions at shareholder meetings, and has often voted against the reappointment of directors who have not fulfilled their obligations to good governance, including issues of remuneration.
    How we voted Shareholder meetings
  • Stewardship & collaboration

    Robeco believes strongly in collaboration in a rapidly changing world. We therefore work with a wide range of international organizations as part of our commitment to making financial markets more sustainable. We are signatories to a diverse array of global initiatives, such as the Principles for Responsible Investment, the United Nations Global Compact and the International Corporate Governance Network. We are also members of more bespoke initiatives such as the Institutional Investors Group on Climate Change, the Transition Pathway Initiative and the Platform Living Wage Financials. Put simply, we believe we are stronger together.
    Relevant codes and memberships

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
Our outlook for SI and engagement themes for 2022
Our outlook for SI and engagement themes for 2022
Higher demand for sustainable investing strategies is set to continue in 2022 as the world works towards net zero emissions.
13-01-2022 | Webinar
Protecting the planet heads 2022 engagement themes
Protecting the planet heads 2022 engagement themes
Preserving natural resources amid the drive for net zero emissions leads Robeco’s four new engagement themes for 2022.
07-01-2022 | Insight
Finland tops country sustainability ranking for the first time
Finland tops country sustainability ranking for the first time
After decades in the shadows of its Nordic neighbors, Finland finally emerges as the new northern light for sustainability performance.
05-01-2022 | Insight
Managing climate change risk for insurers
Managing climate change risk for insurers
No sector is more exposed to the harsh reality of climate change than insurers.
30-12-2021 | Insight
A perfect storm in energy markets
A perfect storm in energy markets
The energy crisis unfolding across the globe is rocking energy markets, creating winners and losers across the energy value chain.
23-12-2021 | Insight
Investing in the future of energy | RobecoSAM Smart Energy
Investing in the future of energy | RobecoSAM Smart Energy
The RobecoSAM Smart Energy strategy focuses on companies that provide competitive and sustainable solutions to the growing need for reliable, clean & affordable energy supply.
22-12-2021 | Product video
A winning combination | RobecoSAM Global SDG Engagement Equities
A winning combination | RobecoSAM Global SDG Engagement Equities
We all want to do our bit to create a better world.
22-12-2021 | Product video
Factoring carbon taxes into a Value strategy
Factoring carbon taxes into a Value strategy
Incorporating carbon taxes into a Value strategy at a stock level is equivalent to imposing carbon footprint constraints on the overall portfolio.
22-12-2021 | Research
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