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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

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 December 2019, we have more than 149 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

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

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The most important ESG issue in the coronavirus crisis is our response
The most important ESG issue in the coronavirus crisis is our response
As soon as the coronavirus crisis hit our society and financial markets, we received many questions on how this relates to sustainable investing and ESG.
31-03-2020 | Column
Engagement is an important tool for climate change risks
Engagement is an important tool for climate change risks
More companies are making greater efforts to set ambitious decarbonization targets, Robeco’s engagement specialists say.
30-03-2020 | Insight
Is oil-rich Norway paying the price?
Is oil-rich Norway paying the price?
Sustainability is often full of contradictions, as can be seen in the case of an oil-rich country which is warming faster than others – Norway.
23-03-2020 | Stunning statistics
Robeco launches evocative sustainability campaign
Robeco launches evocative sustainability campaign
You don’t have to give up palm oil or plastics.
16-03-2020 | Interview
New: sustainable investing expertise disguised as a glossy magazine
New: sustainable investing expertise disguised as a glossy magazine
In our brand new publication, we explore sustainable investing from every possible angle.
16-03-2020 | Magazine
Robeco ranks first in SI survey of global asset managers
Robeco ranks first in SI survey of global asset managers
Robeco has topped a survey of 75 global asset managers for the quality of its sustainable investing offering and approach.
09-03-2020 | Insight
Assessing gender equality for International Women’s Day
Assessing gender equality for International Women’s Day
Companies are becoming more aware of the importance of gender diversity, but there is some way to go for real equality, say Robeco’s engagement specialists.
05-03-2020 | Insight
The paradox of sustainable investing in mining
The paradox of sustainable investing in mining
Investors need to work with miners and not against them to cut carbon footprints, says portfolio manager Chris Berkouwer.
28-02-2020 | Insight
In addition to sustainable investing, we also have four other key strengths: