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RobecoSAM Global SDG Equities I EUR

Index: MSCI World Index TRN
ISIN: LU2145460783
  • Positive impact – Identification of businesses that generate a competitive advantage by addressing opportunities arising from a transition towards more sustainability
  • Long-term investment returns – Implementation of a disciplined investment process resulting in a concentrated, risk-controlled portfolio of stocks exhibiting strong fundamentals and reasonable valuations
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About this fund

The RobecoSAM Global SDG Equities Fund is an actively managed strategy that invests globally in companies that positively contribute to the achievements of the UN Sustainable Development Goals. Its objective is to achieve a better return than the index in the long-term by participating in opportunities but limiting volatility to avoid large drawdowns. Following a fundamental approach, the strategy invests in 40-70 attractively valued, high quality stocks which are broadly diversified over regions and SDGs. A proprietary research framework is applied to assess a company’s impact on the SDGs by analysing its products & services, operational practices and involvement in controversies (more information on www.robeco.com/si).

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RobecoSAM Global SDG Equities I EUR

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Performance explanation

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Based on transaction prices, the fund's return was -2.87%. Over the last month, the fund performed in line with the MSCI World based on transaction prices. The positive contribution from stock selection was offset by a negative allocation and currency effect. Especially our zero exposure in energy contributed negatively. One of the biggest manufacturers of prefabricated detached houses, Sekisui House Ltd, reported strong figures along with a dividend hike, while also revising its full year guidance upwards. Meanwhile, Columbia Sportswear suffered due to increasing concerns related to continuing supply chain issues such as delayed shipping and the impact of Vietnam factory closures because of new Covid outbreaks. Another winner was KB Financial, which rebounded after a weak start into the quarter, despite having reported strong Q2 figures towards the end of July. Finally, after having performed superbly till the end of August, Zebra Technologies took a breather in September in light of tapering discussions and expected interest rate increases that weigh most negatively on technology stocks.

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Market development

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In September, the MSCI World Index decreased by -4.1% (USD), as the economic environment and news flow have materially worsened. From a sector perspective, energy was the only sector experiencing positive returns, while materials and utilities were the worst-performing ones. In China, the country's main growth engine, real estate, started to suffer, as the highly indebted property developer Evergrande has missed several interest payments. Meanwhile, market participants are wondering how the Chinese government will handle the situation and what potential spillover effects this might entail. On the monetary front, the Fed is expected to announce the start of the tapering during its next meeting in November. On the political front, the discussion on the US government debt ceiling was the major topic. Experts warn that failing to increase the ceiling could lead to a credit default of the US government. Although a stopgap funding measure was signed to avoid an immediate shutdown for parts of the government's operations as of 1 October, the issue is not off the table.

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Currency policy

The fund is allowed to pursue an active currency policy to generate extra returns and can engage in currency hedging transactions.

Dividend policy

In principle the fund does not intend to distribute dividend and so both the income earned by the fund and its overall performance are reflected in its share price.

ESG Integration policy

RobecoSAM Global SDG Equities invest in companies whose products and services create a positive impact on the SDGs. It employs systematic, bottom-up stock selection that combines proprietary Environmental, Social & Governance (ESG) data and research throughout the investment process. ESG criteria for exclusions and theme-specific suitability are applied during universe construction. An in-house Sustainability Investing (SI) research team integrates financially-material sector and company-specific sustainability analysis into investment cases. A dedicated thematic equity team incorporates SI research within fundamental analysis and stock valuations. Impact assessments of controversial incidences affecting portfolio holdings provide additional risk management. An active ownership and engagement team interacts directly with company management of fund holdings, offering additional channels for sustainable impact.

Investment policy

RobecoSAM Global SDG Equities Strategy is an actively managed fund that intentionally invests globally in companies that positiviely contribute to the achievements of the UN Sustainable Development Goals. The selection of these stocks is based on fundamental analysis. The fund's objective is to achieve a better return than the index. The fund has sustainable investment as its objective within the meaning of Article 9 of the European Sustainable Finance Disclosure Regulation. The fund advances the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) by investing in companies whose business models and operational practices are aligned with targets defined by the 17 UN SDGs. The fund integrates ESG (i.e. Environmental, Social and corporate Governance) in the investment process, applies an exclusion list basis controversial behavior, products (including controversial weapons, tobacco, palm oil and fossil fuel) while avoiding investment in thermal coal, weapons, military contracting and companies that severely violate labor conditions, next to voting and engaging.The strategy integrates sustainability along the different steps of the investment process. It uses as an interanally developed framework (about which more information can be obtained via the website www.robeco.com/si) to identifiy companies whose produts & services create a material positive impact on the the SDGs. Companies that exhibit an inferior overall ESG assessment are exluced from the investent universe.The majority of stocks selected will be components of the Benchmark, but stocks outside the Benchmark may be selected too. The investment policy is not constrained by a benchmark but the fund may use a benchmark for comparison purposes. The fund can deviate substantially from the issuer, country and sector weightings of the Benchmark. There are no restrictions on the deviation from the Benchmark. The Benchmark is a broad market weighted index that is not consistent with the sustainable objective of the fund.

Risk policy

Risk management is fully integrated into the investment process to ensure that positions always meet predefined guidelines.

Sustainability profile

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Full ESG Integration

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SDG Contribution

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The SDG score shows to what extent the portfolio and the benchmark contribute to the 17 UN Sustainable Developments Goals (SDGs). Scores are assigned to each underlying company using the Robeco SDG Framework, which utilizes a three-step approach to calculate a company’s contribution to the relevant SDGs. The starting point is an assessment of the products offered by a company, followed by the way in which these products are produced, and finally whether the company is exposed to any controversies. The outcome is expressed in a final score which shows the extent to which a company impacts the SDGs on a scale from highly negative (dark red) to highly positive (dark blue). The bar shows the aggregate percentage exposure of the portfolio and the benchmark (shaded) to the different SDG scores. This is then also split out per SDG. As a company can have an impact on several SDGs (or none), the values shown in the report do not sum to 100%. More information on Robeco’s SDG Framework can be found at: https://www.robeco.com/docm/docu-robeco-explanation-sdg-framework.pdf

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ESG Score

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The portfolio ESG score (and E,S and G score) is calculated by multiplying the RobecoSAM Smart ESG Score of each holding by its respective portfolio or index weight. The same methodology is applied in calculating the key ESG Criterion scores. The scores of the portfolio are provided alongside the scores of the index, highlighting the portfolio’s relative sustainability. The colors indicate the score of the portfolio, whilst the shading shows the index.

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ESG integration policy

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RobecoSAM Global SDG Equities invest in companies whose products and services create a positive impact on the SDGs. It employs systematic, bottom-up stock selection that combines proprietary Environmental, Social & Governance (ESG) data and research throughout the investment process. ESG criteria for exclusions and theme-specific suitability are applied during universe construction. An in-house Sustainability Investing (SI) research team integrates financially-material sector and company-specific sustainability analysis into investment cases. A dedicated thematic equity team incorporates SI research within fundamental analysis and stock valuations. Impact assessments of controversial incidences affecting portfolio holdings provide additional risk management. An active ownership and engagement team interacts directly with company management of fund holdings, offering additional channels for sustainable impact.

Expectation of fund manager

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Despite the signed stopgap measure by the US government, the risk of the country defaulting still looms over the financial markets. Beyond that, the Fed indicated plans to start tapering towards the end of 2021. Other central banks have indicated similar plans, while countries such as South Korea and Norway have already started to increase interest rates. Overall, macro risks are increasing and the probability of a near-term correction has risen. Next to the overarching concerns related to inflation and tapering, the fears are centered on a potential collapse of China's real estate segment, generally high debt levels, excessive valuations in the US stock market, global supply chain issues and new Covid outbreaks. Nevertheless, the corporate side leaves room for a more positive period ahead, as earnings forecasts remain attractive.In this difficult environment, we remain confident in our bottom-up approach that focuses on picking companies with strong over-the-cycle fundamentals and resilient business models. Short-term price gyrations that are irrelevant to the companies' true prospects and intrinsic values may present us with opportunities to add strong players to the portfolio.

Michiel Plakman, CFA
Michiel Plakman, CFA

Michiel Plakman, CFA

Michiel Plakman is Head of the Sustainable Global Equity Team, which is responsible for managing the Sustainable Global Stars and Global SDG Impact products at Robeco. Michiel is the lead manager for the Sustainable Global Stars and Global SDG Impact portfolios at Robeco. Prior to joining Robeco in 1999, Michiel Plakman worked for two years as a Portfolio Manager Japan at Achmea Global Investors. From 1995 to 1997, he held a position as Portfolio Manager European Equities at KPN Pension Fund. Michiel holds a Master's degree in Econometrics from the Free University of Amsterdam and he is a CFA charter holder.

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The fund is established in Luxembourg and is subject to the Luxembourg tax laws and regulations. The fund is not liable to pay any corporation, income, dividend or capital gains tax in Luxembourg. The fund is subject to an annual subscription tax ('tax d'abonnement') in Luxembourg, which amounts to 0.01% of the net asset value of the fund. This tax is included in the net asset value of the fund. The fund can in principle use the Luxembourg treaty network to partially recover any withholding tax on its income.

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Investors who are not subject to (exempt from) Dutch corporate-income tax (e.g. pension funds) are not taxed on the achieved result. Investors who are subject to Dutch corporate-income tax can be taxed for the result achieved on their investment in the fund. Dutch bodies that are subject to corporate-income tax are obligated to declare interest and dividend income, as well as capital gains in their tax return. Investors residing outside the Netherlands are subject to their respective national tax regime applying to foreign investment funds. We advise individual investors to consult their financial or tax adviser about the tax consequences of an investment in this fund in their specific circumstances before deciding to invest in the fund.

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