Sustainability investing equities

Sustainability investing equities

Making better informed investment decisions

Key points:

  • Robeco has incorporated ESG criteria as part of the investment process since 1999
  • Top A+ / A  scores in 2014-2017 UN PRI assessments
  • At the forefront of a growing movement: EUR 91 bln in ESG integrated assets (June 2017)


Robeco is committed to sustainability and it forms an explicit part of our strategy. We believe that:

  • Sustainability is a long-term driver for change in financial markets
  • Integrating financially material ESG information improves risk-return ratios
  • Active ownership practices such as voting and engagement create additional value


We tailor our ESG approach to the character of each investment strategy. In our fixed income investment processes, sustainability scores are a good indicator of downside risk. In our equity investment processes, we also focus on issues that can affect a company's value drivers such as sales growth and profit margins. All of our quantitative equity portfolios’ sustainability scores must be at least as high as those of their reference indexes. We ensure they achieve this without it affecting their risk-return profile.


Robeco has access to research from leading sustainability specialists, such as our sister company RobecoSAM. Our dedicated Active Ownership team maintains an active dialogue with some 200 companies a year on financially material themes. They also vote at around 5,000 shareholder annual general meetings.

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