Robeco and RobecoSAM are taking action to ensure they can actively promote the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).
The UN launched 17 SDGs in 2015 that set goals for a range of issues ranging from ranging from improving water quality and making food sources more reliable, to achieving more sustainable energy and alleviating poverty in emerging markets. They form part of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development to which 193 countries are signatories.
The commitment by Robeco and RobecoSAM to further these aims are explained in an article entitled ‘Accelerating Impact: Advancing Sustainable Development Goals through Investing’. In practical terms, both investors believe that it can be achieved through methods such as engaging with users of fossil fuels to encourage them to switch to renewables, or by offering funds that directly invest in sustainable practices.
“The SDGs provide a unique opportunity to demonstrate our capacity and progress in understanding the underlying drivers of sustainability,” says Jacob Messina, Head of Sustainability Investing Research at RobecoSAM.
“Since the launch of the SDGs, we have been reviewing what they mean for our approach to sustainability investing. This paper describes the steps that we have taken to date, and some insight into our future aims.”
A main tenet of the SDGs is that they re-distribute responsibility for economic and social progress from the exclusive realm of public agents including governments to a wider base of stakeholders that include corporations, asset owners and private investors. The SDG framework significantly increases the role of business and finance in advancing social, economic and human development.
“Put together, these have major implications for the future direction of sustainability investing,” says Messina. “We already know that sustainability is gaining momentum: business support for sustainability is starkly evident in the world’s reaction to the COP 21 climate change agreement in Paris.”
“More specifically, industries are responding in ways that would have been unheard of just a decade ago. Oil and gas companies are diversifying their business models towards cleaner energy alternatives; electric utilities are setting renewable energy targets for power sourcing; and automotive manufacturers are announcing large-scale plans for electric vehicle production.”
As pioneers of sustainability investing, Rotterdam-based Robeco and Zurich-based RobecoSAM already offer products that clearly contribute to the SDGs, such as the RobecoSAM Smart Energy Fund. They have spent many years collaborating on sustainability issues from across the spectrum.
One proven way of doing this is through Robeco’s engagement programs. For example, the engagement theme ‘Environmental Challenges in the European Electric Utilities Sector’ actively encourages electricity utilities to implement ambitious environmental strategies, particularly in adopting renewable energy sources.
Both investors plan to go the extra mile and take the SDG approach much further, in a variety of innovative ways that are fully explained in the article.
The content displayed on this website is exclusively directed at qualified investors, as defined in the swiss collective investment schemes act of 23 june 2006 ("cisa") and its implementing ordinance, or at “independent asset managers” which meet additional requirements as set out below. Qualified investors are in particular regulated financial intermediaries such as banks, securities dealers, fund management companies and asset managers of collective investment schemes and central banks, regulated insurance companies, public entities and retirement benefits institutions with professional treasury or companies with professional treasury.
The contents, however, are not intended for non-qualified investors. By clicking "I agree" below, you confirm and acknowledge that you act in your capacity as qualified investor pursuant to CISA or as an “independent asset manager” who meets the additional requirements set out hereafter. In the event that you are an "independent asset manager" who meets all the requirements set out in Art. 3 para. 2 let. c) CISA in conjunction with Art. 3 CISO, by clicking "I Agree" below you confirm that you will use the content of this website only for those of your clients which are qualified investors pursuant to CISA.
Representative in Switzerland of the foreign funds registered with the Swiss Financial Market Supervisory Authority ("FINMA") for distribution in or from Switzerland to non-qualified investors is Robeco Switzerland AG, Josefstrasse 218, 8005 Zürich, and the paying agent is UBS Switzerland AG, Bahnhofstrasse 45, 8001 Zürich. Please consult www.finma.ch for a list of FINMA registered funds.
Neither information nor any opinion expressed on the website constitutes a solicitation, an offer or a recommendation to buy, sell or dispose of any investment, to engage in any other transaction or to provide any investment advice or service. An investment in a Robeco/Robeco Switzerland product should only be made after reading the related legal documents such as management regulations, articles of association, prospectuses, key investor information documents and annual and semi-annual reports, which can be all be obtained free of charge at this website, at the registered seat of the representative in Switzerland, as well as at the Robeco/Robeco Switzerland offices in each country where Robeco has a presence. In respect of the funds distributed in Switzerland, the place of performance and jurisdiction is the registered office of the representative in Switzerland.
This website is not directed to any person in any jurisdiction where, by reason of that person's nationality, residence or otherwise, the publication or availability of this website is prohibited. Persons in respect of whom such prohibitions apply must not access this website.