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Sustainable investing

Creating returns that benefit the world we live in

Meeting the needs of the present generation without compromising those of generations to come. It’s not just a tick-the-boxes activity for us: Robeco has been a global leader in sustainable investing since 1995.

The Big Book of Sustainable Investing
  • Working on real impact

    We know that sustainability is a long-term force for change and a driver to integrate ESG across our investment solutions, actively engage with companies, and work on real impact.

    By diving deeper to understand dynamics and impact, our comprehensive sustainable approach leads to better-informed investment decisions. Creating better returns – and looking after the world we live in.

    Our long commitment to sustainability often leads to external recognition: Robeco ranked first place for SI in the renowned ShareAction survey of 75 global asset managers.

    A roadmap to sustainable investing Sustainability reports and policies

RobecoSAM expertise as core ingredient

  • In the 1990s, we were one of the first to see the potential of including sustainability. Today’s investor, too, seeks outcomes beyond their financial goals alone. Societal benefits, like fair employment practices and environmental accountability, are just as essential to them.

    To serve wealth and well-being, we need to understand the financial materiality of ESG factors and actively engage with companies to improve ESG scores.

  • To do this, we operate jointly with our sustainability affiliate RobecoSAM; the leading experts since their launch in the 90s. Their research is the sustainable ingredient in everything we do, and it’s a successful one: PRI has consistently awarded us the highest A+ score in the main categories (source: PRI).

Sustainable investing requires a dose of realism

Nothing is impossible

  • The one thing we cannot do is nothing. Our Sustainability Inside approach, which uses ESG building blocks, is applied to the majority of our strategies. As of March 2020, we have more than 131 billion EUR assets integrating ESG. We tailor our solutions to individual risk budgets and SI needs, while ensuring ESG information is consistently integrated into our investment processes.

    With an extensive range of impact investing products, we also cater to investors with explicit ESG targets, like environmental footprint reduction, investors who wish to contribute to the SDGs, or invest in themes, like water or gender equality.

  • A team of engagement specialists maintains an active dialogue with 200 companies to influence corporate behavior. They also vote at around 5,000 shareholder meetings, creating real change. For example, following our engagement, Shell agreed to set short-term targets for cutting carbon emissions, and will link executive pay to meeting these objectives for the first time. We endorse numerous codes of conduct and principles. Robeco is a PRI signatory, a participant in the UNGC and the ICGN. We have also signed the Dutch SDG Investing Agenda and several local stewardship codes. 

    You can embark on sustainability investing in small steps. What we see at Robeco is that, as knowledge of and experience in SI increase across the organization, so does conviction. Nothing is impossible.

    Our sustainable strategies Voting & Engagement

Tap into our expertise

Keep up with our knowledge and trends through articles, podcasts and videos:

More insights

Tap into our expertise

Keep up with our knowledge and trends through articles, podcasts and videos:

More insights
Podcast: Our man in Hong Kong
Podcast: Our man in Hong Kong
Arnout van Rijn has been investing in Asia for 25 years; for more than half of this time, he has lived in Hong Kong.
08-07-2020 | Podcast
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
Podcast: Straight talking about a circular future
Podcast: Straight talking about a circular future
Is rebuilding the global economy after Covid-19 an opportunity to fundamentally reboot economic systems?
01-07-2020 | Podcast
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
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
In addition to sustainable investing, we also have four other key strengths: