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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.
    Stewardship policy Stewardship Report 2019

Facts & figures

    • AUD 568 billion assets under engagement
    • AUD 164 billion assets under voting
    • 255 engagement cases
    • 5,962 shareholder meetings voted
    • 73 markets voted
    • 58% cases closed successfully
    • 59% meetings voted against management
    • 63,196 proposals we voted on
    • 229 companies engaged
    • 22 engagement themes
    Source: Robeco, Stewardship Report 2019

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
Asset managers are yet to truly embrace sustainability
Asset managers are yet to truly embrace sustainability
Proxy voting is a powerful tool for shareholders to steer corporate agendas towards sustainability-focused decision making.
24-02-2021 | Research
The stunning statistics of sustainable investing
The stunning statistics of sustainable investing
The progress that sustainable investment has made in recent years has been stunning.
24-02-2021 | Stunning statistics
We will set five-year carbon footprint reduction goals
We will set five-year carbon footprint reduction goals
Decarbonization in the making.
22-02-2021 | Interview
Investors use voting rights to address poor climate change policies
Investors use voting rights to address poor climate change policies
Companies that are not sufficiently decarbonizing will face opposition from shareholders, says Engagement Specialist Michiel van Esch.
19-02-2021 | Insight
How regulation will enhance sustainable investing in 2021
How regulation will enhance sustainable investing in 2021
Integrating sustainability into investments will become much higher profile under new EU regulations that take effect this year.
17-02-2021 | Insight
2020 – the year that ESG finally became mainstream
2020 – the year that ESG finally became mainstream
I can still recall that 10 to 15 years ago, the sustainability community including myself would say: “One day, ESG will become mainstream”.
11-02-2021 | Column
Sustainability Yearbook 2021: 7,000 companies, 70 gold medalists
Sustainability Yearbook 2021: 7,000 companies, 70 gold medalists
S&P Global has published its annual yearbook showcasing the sustainability performance of the world’s largest companies.
10-02-2021 | Insight
Making solid progress in decarbonizing real estate
Making solid progress in decarbonizing real estate
Real estate companies have made good progress in reducing their carbon footprints following a three-year engagement.
08-02-2021 | Insight
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