The regulation aims to create a more transparent playing field, partly to prevent greenwashing – where some financial firms claim that their products are sustainable when they are not. This bodes well for Robeco’s suite of strategies that have embraced sustainability for decades and can now be appropriately labeled as such.
Under the new classifications, a strategy will labeled under either Article 6, 8 or 9 of the SFDR:
The vast majority of strategies at Robeco will be classified as Article 8. These are funds which form part of our Sustainability Inside range, which has ESG integrated as standard, or the Sustainability Focused range, which has more specific targets, such as achieving a lower carbon footprint than the benchmark.
Robeco’s Impact Investing range of strategies will be classified as Article 9. These include bespoke funds targeting climate change, renewable energy, the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals and specific themes such as gender equality. All are labeled as RobecoSAM.
Only a handful of funds will fall under the Article 8 classification. These are those that cannot realistically include ESG factors, such as those that rely on derivatives, or cash savings accounts.