Diversity, Equity and Inclusion

Robeco is committed to promoting DE&I among its employees, clients and other stakeholders, as we consider this a core and crucial value of our business strategy, our operations, our recruitment process and corporate culture.


Why this topic matters to us

Our employees are our most valuable assets. Having Diversity, Equity and Inclusion (DE&I) embedded as core values in our organization is critical to our strength as an asset manager and our ability to deliver quality returns for our clients. Being a diverse, equitable and inclusive workplace is in line with our commitment to the Sustainable Development Goals and to building a more sustainable future for our employees, clients and society.

As a global organization, we serve a diverse client base across multiple regions. To better understand our clients, we strive to have an organization that is just as diverse as our clients are. Our continued SI leadership is dependent on our ability to further promote these core values within Robeco. Our DE&I values are consistent with our philosophy of carefully considering all perspectives in our research, fully using our valuable resources to meet challenges, and remaining flexible, creative and innovative.

At every level of our organization

We believe DE&I policies need to be led from the top down. Therefore, these core values are determined by our leaders, affirmed by our managers, enhanced by our employees, and guided by our DE&I Board. Managers at all levels are held accountable for fostering a culture of diversity, equity and inclusiveness, and for accelerating the pace of change.

Robeco’s DE&I Board is responsible for developing and evolving our overall strategy and policy for DE&I, working with colleagues worldwide to establish and balance appropriate priorities, and to facilitate the various DE&I initiatives around Robeco. This includes our four Employee Resource Groups. Furthermore, this Board operates on the principle of acknowledging and tackling DE&I issues head-on. It aims to drive employee programs to empower inclusive talent and promote a sense of belonging and work-life balance.

In action: Our journey

While Robeco works hard to achieve its ambitions, we acknowledge that there is still work to be done to build a more diverse, equitable and inclusive organization. We know that the work goes beyond ticking boxes on a corporate checklist. This is a journey: one which requires ongoing learning, unlearning, evaluation and accountability. We are confident that each policy, process and program we implement in this regard brings us closer to our goals.

We strive for broad diversity in multiple ways, but we only set specific global diversity targets if we have the necessary data. Currently we have diversity data available based on gender, age and primary nationality. For gender we have established targets; targets based on other diversity characteristics may follow at a later point in time.

Where do we stand?

Where do we stand?

Global workforce composition
Source: Robeco, 2023

Ratio male/female per level in the organization

Ratio male/female per level in the organization

Source: Robeco, 2023

Development ratio male/female senior professionals

Development ratio male/female senior professionals

Source: Robeco, 2023

Overall ambition

Our long-term ambition is to have a 50% gender balance in Robeco to reflect the diversity of the world in which we work. We strive for gender pay equity at all levels in the organization and monitor our progress.

We know that our gender balance decreases toward the top. Improving this is currently one of our main priorities, alongside the increase in representation and advancement of underrepresented minorities.

Another focus point is increasing inclusion throughout the company and providing a secure base for all colleagues.


We realize that we need to set clear, ambitious targets supported by actions to ensure we move in the right direction and achieve our long-term ambition. We therefore set the following gender diversity targets:

  • Executive Committee: 30% gender diversity

  • Senior professional level: 30% gender diversity

  • Professional level: 50% gender diversity

A core part of our investment strategies

With the Global Gender Equality strategy, we invest in companies fostering gender equality and an inclusive workplace, which we believe, when coupled with strong fundamentals, can provide positive long-term returns. Our broad diversity view includes factors such as board nationality or race/ethnicity disclosures, alongside female advancement and pay equity practices. This holistic approach emphasizes gender equality and sustainability in determining intrinsic value. The strategy targets high-quality companies with a strong focus on gender equality, aiming for positive financial and social outcomes. Integrating gender equality and sustainability assessments into our fundamental analysis guides our selective, high-conviction portfolio, providing insights into long-term profitability and growth.

A range of credits and equities strategies target the UN Sustainable Development Goals, two of which strive to reduce inequality. These are SDG 5 (Gender equality) and SDG 10 (Reducing inequalities), in addition to the more general SDG 4 (Quality education) and SDG 8 (Decent work and economic growth) which aim to educate, train and empower women and girls.

More generally, sustainable investing means integrating environmental, social and governance (ESG) principles into the investment process. Diversity forms part of the social element, particularly where it pertains to human labor and governance regarding female empowerment at investee companies.

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