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Sustainable Investing Glossary

Environment

The ‘E’ in ESG: one of the three key factors to watch in Sustainable Investing, together with social and governance considerations.

Institutional investors are increasingly working to better understand the potential financial impact of environmental issues on companies in their portfolios. They are calling for greater company attention in areas such as climate change, energy and energy extraction-related risks (such as coal combustion and hydraulic fracturing), energy efficiency, recycling and environmental hazards in the air, water and soil. Investors play an important role in environmental topics by drawing attention to the relevant issue and influencing disclosure. 

The potential negative effects for companies that do not manage environmental risks are increasing costs (e.g. the need to clean up spills or restore the landscape on exploration sites), reputational damage in the event of headline-grabbing polluting incidents, or litigation costs. Integrating environmental considerations into a corporate strategy can also present opportunities. Using resources efficiently will decrease costs, while companies offering innovative solutions, such as printer suppliers helping their customers to get by with fewer and more energy-efficient printers, can gain a competitive edge.

Making better-informed investment decisions
Making better-informed investment decisions
Sustainable investing
Another strong year for sustainable investing
Another strong year for sustainable investing
Robeco and RobecoSAM enjoyed another strong year for their world-leading sustainable investment capabilities in 2019.
20-02-2020 | Insight
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Short-haul flights are the worst offenders for CO2
Domestic and other short-haul flights are the most carbon-intensive form of travel, figures show.
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Creating value in loops
A new RobecoSAM investment strategy will target the ultimate in sustainability – the circular economy.
13-02-2020 | Insight