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2018 – another record year for sustainable investing

2018 – another record year for sustainable investing

18-02-2019 | Column
In 2017, we reported that we saw a lift-off in sustainable investing. 2018 became the year in which the lift-off took the good ship sustainability into orbit.
  • Masja Zandbergen - Albers
    Masja
    Zandbergen - Albers
    Head of sustainability integration
  • Lucas van Berkestijn
    Lucas
    van Berkestijn
    Head of Sustainability Investing Delivery – Executive Director

Some of the highlights were:

  • Sustainable assets under management and license at Robeco grew 70% to almost EUR 27 billion. Despite market declines, assets that had environmental, social and governance (ESG) factors integrated into the investment process remained stable at EUR 100 billion.

  • We saw a clear and increased demand for new sustainable solutions during the year. We developed many new solutions, some of them based on our own ideas, and others developed in cooperation with clients.

  • RobecoSAM and Robeco developed a methodology that aims to objectively measure company contributions to the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals within an investment portfolio.

  • Active ownership is an important part of our sustainability efforts, and the value of assets under engagement and voting also reached record highs in 2018. Assets under voting grew from EUR 63 billion to EUR 70 billion, and we voted at a record number of 5,291 meetings.

  • One of the most prominent engagement cases was the success that investors led by Robeco achieved with Shell on climate change accountability at the oil giant. In an unprecedented move, the company agreed to link to executive pay to reducing its carbon emissions.

  • Our efforts did not go unnoticed in the marketplace with a string of awards, including the ‘Sustainable CEO of the Year’ title for Gilbert Van Hassel, along with our usual crop of A+ ratings from the UN Principles for Responsible Investment.
It’s been a great year!
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