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Gross Domestic Past-it – rethinking how we value societal progress
Gross Domestic Past-it – rethinking how we value societal progress
The Covid-19 crisis has shown that we need to find other ways of measuring national success than just GDP, Robeco’s sustainability experts say.
22-09-2020 | Insight
Why the global population is unsustainable… because it is falling
Why the global population is unsustainable… because it is falling
A lower world population is great for sustainability, right?
15-09-2020 | Stunning statistics
Four ESG trends that will shape the post-Covid-19 world
Four ESG trends that will shape the post-Covid-19 world
A ‘once in a generation’ shock event, the coronavirus will impact the trajectory of ESG trends substantially.
08-09-2020 | Insight
Improving sustainability in the meat and fish supply chains
Improving sustainability in the meat and fish supply chains
We rely on the quality of the food that we eat – but not all of it is sustainably produced.
31-08-2020 | Insight
Robeco and RobecoSAM again receive top PRI scores
Robeco and RobecoSAM again receive top PRI scores
Robeco and RobecoSAM have again been awarded the highest possible sustainability scores by the Principles for Responsible Investment.
04-08-2020 | Insight
Pioneering climate engagement leads Q2 Active Ownership report
Pioneering climate engagement leads Q2 Active Ownership report
It was full steam ahead for Robeco’s Active Ownership team in the second quarter, despite the restrictions brought by Covid-19.
31-07-2020 | Active Ownership Report
Sugar’s role in coronavirus fatalities
Sugar’s role in coronavirus fatalities
The sugar content of food and drinks played an unseen role in the Covid-19 death toll, says engagement specialist Peter van der Werf.
29-07-2020 | Insight
Business leaders brainstorm the sustainable future at SI Explore
Business leaders brainstorm the sustainable future at SI Explore
Corporate leaders must get on the sustainability train, collaborate more with investors, embrace youth and see how everything is a sub-set of nature.
27-07-2020 | Insight
Covid-19 takes center stage in national ESG rankings
Covid-19 takes center stage in national ESG rankings
More sustainable countries were more successful in containing the deadly coronavirus, RobecoSAM’s latest national rankings reveal.
21-07-2020 | Insight
Factor investing debates: Should sustainability be considered a factor?
Factor investing debates: Should sustainability be considered a factor?
Factor investing and sustainability can make a good combination.
20-07-2020 | Insight
Notes from a small island - how King Coal was dethroned in Britain
Notes from a small island - how King Coal was dethroned in Britain
Take a bow, Britain!
15-07-2020 | Stunning statistics
The unique climate change risks facing insurers
The unique climate change risks facing insurers
Climate change has become undeniable, and no industry has greater exposure to its risks than the insurance sector.
02-07-2020 | Insight
Linking economic activities with the SDGs
Linking economic activities with the SDGs
A new research paper has mapped the impact that economic activity has on achieving the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals.
30-06-2020 | Insight
SI Opener: The mining industry is essential to moving to a greener economy
SI Opener: The mining industry is essential to moving to a greener economy
Mining is a complex industry that is often seen as unsustainable.
25-06-2020 | SI Opener
Sustainability trends in energy credits after Covid-19
Sustainability trends in energy credits after Covid-19
Finding affordable, low-carbon and reliable energy sources is a challenge for investors in the energy sector.
22-06-2020 | Insight
The smart way to make an impact, from food to fairness
The smart way to make an impact, from food to fairness
Impact investing involves making a difference on the ground alongside generating a financial return.
10-06-2020 | Insight
Sustainable investing in equilibrium
Sustainable investing in equilibrium
This is a theoretical paper which investigates what happens if some investors care about ESG, while others do not, or care less.
10-06-2020 | From the field
Appointing directors of climate change
Appointing directors of climate change
Companies need to appoint directors who focus on business exposure to climate change, Robeco’s Active Ownership team says.
09-06-2020 | Insight
Our introductory guide to investing in SDG credits
Our introductory guide to investing in SDG credits
The UN’s Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) have captured the imagination as a great way of impact investing.
03-06-2020 | Insight
Don’t tell JR, but Texas has ‘Gone with the Wind’
Don’t tell JR, but Texas has ‘Gone with the Wind’
Those of a certain age may recall Dallas, a 1980s US soap opera about a dysfunctional oil-rich family headed by the scheming JR Ewing.
02-06-2020 | Stunning statistics
SI Opener: Protecting digital human rights in the post-Covid-19 era
SI Opener: Protecting digital human rights in the post-Covid-19 era
Digital data has expanded beyond imagination.
28-05-2020 | SI Opener
Will the oil price crash lower carbon footprints?
Will the oil price crash lower carbon footprints?
An historic plunge in the oil price has raised hopes that carbon footprints could be permanently cut – but this may be wishful thinking.
08-05-2020 | Monthly outlook
Robeco publishes Q1 2020 Active Ownership report
Robeco publishes Q1 2020 Active Ownership report
New engagement themes lead the coverage in Robeco’s latest Active Ownership report – a quarter that saw the first impact of Covid-19.
07-05-2020 | Active Ownership Report
‘ESG has worked as a performance cushion during the sell-off’
‘ESG has worked as a performance cushion during the sell-off’
Chris Berkouwer talks about how his Sustainable Global Stars Equities strategy has weathered the storm during the Covid-19 sell-off, with the sustainable profile working as a performance cushion.
07-05-2020 | Video
Covid-19 exposes weaknesses in country sustainability
Covid-19 exposes weaknesses in country sustainability
The coronavirus has highlighted how vulnerable a nation can become to a sudden crisis, RobecoSAM warns in a new report.
01-05-2020 | Insight
Greening the bond market
Greening the bond market
Green bond issuance has developed healthy momentum over recent years.
24-04-2020 | Insight
The link between ESG and performance: SDG Credits stands the test
The link between ESG and performance: SDG Credits stands the test
“An attribution analysis confirms our view that screening credit holdings for their sustainability characteristics is positive for performance,” says Guido Moret, Robeco’s Head of Sustainability Integration Credits.
21-04-2020 | Insight
How a better gender balance boosts profits
How a better gender balance boosts profits
Gender equality not only makes for a better workforce – it can be shown to enhance returns, a unique study shows.
20-04-2020 | Insight
Shell escalates net-zero goal on carbon emissions
Shell escalates net-zero goal on carbon emissions
Royal Dutch Shell has stepped up its plans to become carbon neutral following investor engagement led by Robeco and the Church of England.
17-04-2020 | Insight
Robeco publishes Stewardship Report 2019
Robeco publishes Stewardship Report 2019
Active Ownership has always been an important part of Robeco’s sustainable investing capability.
16-04-2020 | Active Ownership Report
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