About us

The story of Robeco, the Investment Engineers

Robeco at a glance

Robeco is an international asset manager offering an extensive range of active investments, from equities to bonds. Research lies at the heart of everything we do, with a ‘pioneering but cautious’ approach that has been in our DNA since our foundation in Rotterdam in 1929. We believe strongly in sustainability investing, quantitative techniques and constant innovation.

Research from the very beginning

As Investment Engineers, we have placed the acquisition of knowledge at our core ever since our first director said “every investment strategy should be research-driven”. Through the unique integration of three types of research - Fundamental, Sustainable and Quantitative - we can offer ground-breaking investment strategies to our clients.

Our philosophy

Robeco in Switzerland

Robeco has had a strong presence in Switzerland since 1972, when we opened our first office in Zurich. This was followed by another office in Geneva, to serve the French-speaking part of the country.

Robeco Switzerland Ltd is a FINMA-licensed asset manager for collective investment schemes. At our Zurich offices, we employ around 90 people in the Investments, Sustainable Investment Research, Corporate Services and Sales Switzerland departments. 

The Swiss location is a pioneer in sustainable investing, based on a commitment shaped by a long-standing cooperation with Swiss market leader Sustainable Asset Management (RobecoSAM), which was founded in 1995 and acquired by Robeco in 2006.

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1929: Laying the Foundations

Just weeks after the Wall Street Crash, seven Rotterdam businessmen formed a syndicate to invest people's savings and manage money collectively. They named it the Rotterdamsch Beleggings Consortium, later shortened to Robeco. They thought stocks had hit at a low point, but due to the Great Depression, they lost half their money in the first two years. However, they persevered, laying the foundations for the modern Robeco.
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Facts & Figures

  • Robeco has EUR 201 billion AuM (December 2021)
  • We invest in emerging markets since 1930
  • We have developed high yield investment strategies since 1998
  • EUR 195 billion is managed in ESG-integrated assets (December 2021)
  • EUR 84.1 billion is managed based on Quant models (December 2021)
  • We employ 961 people at 16 offices worldwide (December 2021)


Robeco Switzerland Ltd. is a subsidiary of Robeco. Robeco has both functional oversight of Robeco Switzerland Ltd. and majority representation on the Board of Directors.

Robeco is fully owned by ORIX Europe, a subsidiary of ORIX Corporation. ORIX Corporation is a Japanese business conglomerate that started operating in 1964. 

Robeco has an Executive Committee and a Supervisory Board. The Executive Committee develops and executes the Robeco strategy, and manages the company on a day-to-day basis. The Supervisory Board monitors the execution of the company policy and advises the Executive Committee. Its members includes a representative from ORIX Corporation.

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Sustainability Report

Sustainability Report

Robeco has been at the forefront of sustainable investing since the launch of our first sustainable investing product in 1995. Our vision at Robeco is to create wealth and well being. Read how we integrate sustainability into our investments and our operations, how we serve clients with sustainable investment solutions and about the way in which we fulfill our active ownership activities in our Sustainability Report 2021. 

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