RobecoSAM Global SDG Equities Z EUR
Actively contributing towards meeting the SDGs
Every share class of a product invests in the same portfolio of securities and has the same investment objectives and policies. However, their parameters might deviate. For instance and amongst others, their distribution type, currency exposure or fees and expenses might differ. The most common share classes at Robeco are:
a) D/DH shares, which are regular shares and available for all Investors;
b) I/IH shares, for institutional investors as defined from time to time by the Luxembourg supervisory authority.
For more information on share classes please go to the prospectus.
Class and codes
MSCI World Index TRN
Under the EU Sustainable Finance Disclosure Regulation, products can be labelled as either Article 6, 8 or 9 fund.
Article 6 - The fund is not in scope of enhanced sustainability disclosures compared to Article 8 and 9.
Article 8 - The fund does not have a sustainable investment objective but promotes environmental or social characteristics and is subject to enhanced sustainability disclosures.
Article 9 - The fund has a sustainable investment objective and is subject to enhanced sustainability disclosures.
Regardless of Article 8 or 9, the companies in which investments are made must follow good governance practices, and sustainable investments must not do any significant harm.
- Performance & costs
- Investing in a diversified portfolio of companies that make a significant positive contribution to the 17 UN Sustainable Development Goals
- Technological progress, regulation and consumer awareness create new markets for sustainable companies with innovative products and services
- Leveraging Robeco’s SDG framework developed already in 2017
About this fund
RobecoSAM Global SDG Equities is an actively managed fund that invests globally in companies that take action to advance the UN Sustainable Development Goals. The selection of these stocks is based on fundamental analysis. The fund's objective is to achieve a better return than the index. The strategy integrates sustainability throughout the investment process. It uses as an internally developed framework (more information on which can be found at www.robeco.com/si) to identify companies whose products and services create a material positive impact on the SDGs.
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Michiel Plakman CFA
Michiel Plakman is Lead Portfolio Manager and member of the Global Equity team. He is also Co-Head of Robeco’s Global Equity team. He is responsible for fundamental global equities with a focus on SDG investing and on companies in the information technology, real estate & communication services sectors, as well as portfolio construction. He has been in this role since 2009. Previously, he was responsible for managing the Robeco IT Equities fund within the TMT team. Prior to joining Robeco in 1999, he worked as a Portfolio Manager Japanese Equities at Achmea Global Investors (PVF Pensioenen). From 1995 to 1996 he was Portfolio Manager European Equities at KPN Pension Fund. He holds a Master's in Econometrics from Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam and he is a CFA® Charterholder. Christoph Wolfensberger is a portfolio manager at Robeco within the Global Equity team with over 10 years of experience in Sustainability Investing. He is also the deputy portfolio manager for the Global SDG Equities strategy. Prior, Christoph was also a Quantitative Analyst covering Sustainability/Impact Investing within Robeco’s Products & Engineering Team with a strong focus on customized solutions as well as portfolio optimizations. Prior to joining in 2011, he served as an Intern on the ESG Research team for six months. He holds a Master’s of Science Degree in Chemistry and Business Studies from the University of Zurich.
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Since inception 10/2021
Indication of annual charges that are deducted for this fund. This indication is based on the costs over the last calendar year and may vary from year to year. Transaction costs incurred by the fund, any performance fees and other one-off costs are not included in the ongoing charges.
The transaction costs shown are the average annual transaction costs over the last three years calculated in accordance with European regulations.
Fiscal product treatment
The fund is established in Luxembourg and is subject to the Luxembourg tax laws and regulations. The fund is not liable to pay any corporation, income, dividend or capital gains tax in Luxembourg. The fund is subject to an annual subscription tax ('tax d'abonnement') in Luxembourg, which amounts to 0.01% of the net asset value of the fund. This tax is included in the net asset value of the fund. The fund can in principle use the Luxembourg treaty network to partially recover any withholding tax on its income.
Fiscal treatment of investor
Investors who are not subject to (exempt from) Dutch corporate-income tax (e.g. pension funds) are not taxed on the achieved result. Investors who are subject to Dutch corporate-income tax can be taxed for the result achieved on their investment in the fund. Dutch bodies that are subject to corporate-income tax are obligated to declare interest and dividend income, as well as capital gains in their tax return. Investors residing outside the Netherlands are subject to their respective national tax regime applying to foreign investment funds. We advise individual investors to consult their financial or tax adviser about the tax consequences of an investment in this fund in their specific circumstances before deciding to invest in the fund.
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The fund is allowed to pursue an active currency policy to generate extra returns and can engage in currency hedging transactions.
In principle the fund does not intend to distribute dividend and so both the income earned by the fund and its overall performance are reflected in its share price.
RobecoSAM Global SDG Equities is an actively managed fund that invests globally in companies that take action to advance the UN Sustainable Development Goals. The selection of these stocks is based on fundamental analysis. The fund has sustainable investment as its objective within the meaning of Article 9 of the European Sustainable Finance Disclosure Regulation. The fund advances the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) by investing in companies whose business models and operational practices are aligned with targets defined by the 17 UN SDGs. The fund integrates ESG (Environmental, Social and Governance) factors in the investment processand applies Robeco’s Good Governance policy, The fund applies sustainability indicators, including but not limited to, normative, activity-based and region-based exclusions and proxy voting. The fund also aims to achieve a better return than the index. The strategy integrates sustainability throughout the investment process. It uses as an internally developed framework (more information on which can be found at www.robeco.com/si) to identify companies whose products and services create a material positive impact on the SDGs. Benchmark: MSCI World Index TRN. The majority of stocks selected will be components of the benchmark, but stocks outside the benchmark may be selected too. While the investment policy is not constrained by a benchmark, the fund may use one for comparison purposes. The fund can deviate substantially from the issuer, country and sector weightings of the benchmark. There are no restrictions on the deviation from the benchmark. The benchmark is a broad market-weighted index that is not consistent with the sustainable objective of the fund.
Risk management is fully integrated into the investment process to ensure that positions always meet predefined guidelines.
The fact that the sub-fund has obtained this label does not mean that it meets your personal sustainability goals or that the label is in line with requirements arising from any future national or European rules. The label obtained is valid for one year and subject to annual reappraisal. More information on this label.
ESG Important Information
The sustainability information below can help investors integrate sustainability considerations in their process. This information is for informational purposes only. The reported sustainability information may not at all be used in relation to binding elements for this fund. A decision to invest should take into account all characteristics or objectives of the fund as described in the prospectus.
The fund’s sustainable investment objective is to advance the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). SDG and sustainability considerations are incorporated in the investment process by the means of a target universe, exclusions and ESG integration. The fund solely invests in stocks issued by companies with a medium or high positive impact on the SDGs. The impact of issuers on the SDGs is determined by applying Robeco's internally developed three-step SDG Framework. The outcome is a quantified contribution expressed as an SDG score, considering both the contribution to the SDGs (positive, neutral or negative) and the extent of this contribution (high, medium or low). Furthermore, the fund does not invest in stock issuers that are in breach of international norms or where activities have been deemed detrimental to society following Robeco's exclusion policy. Financially material ESG factors are integrated in the bottom-up fundamental investment analysis to assess existing and potential ESG risks and opportunities. In addition, where a stock issuer is flagged for breaching international standards in the ongoing monitoring, the issuer will become subject to exclusion. Lastly, the fund makes use of shareholder rights and applies proxy voting in accordance with Robeco's proxy voting policy.The following sections display the ESG-metrics for this fund along with short descriptions. For more information please visit the sustainability-related disclosures.The index used for all sustainability visuals is based on MSCI World Index TRN.
During October, the MSCI World continued its losing streak, falling by -2.7% (in EUR). All sectors apart from utilities posted negative returns, with the weakest ones being consumer discretionary, energy and industrials. On the geopolitics front, following the unprecedented attack by Hamas on 7 October, Israeli forces have launched ground operations in Gaza. On the economics front, US Q3 real GDP growth came in very strong at 4.9% (annualized QoQ), fueled mostly by private consumption. On the US monetary front, September CPI came in above expectations driven by energy prices, while core inflation's composition was also not very favorable. Fed chairman Powell indicated that the higher long-term yields help the Fed's job. In Europe, the ECB decided to keep its policy rate unchanged during its latest meeting, a decision that was taken with unanimity. Eurozone inflation fell to 2.9% in October, which is the lowest monthly inflation figure over a period of more than two years. On the corporate side, the current earnings season includes several hints of an economic slowdown.
Based on transaction prices, the fund's return was -1.86%. Among the largest contributors was Colgate-Palmolive, which once again reported solid numbers. Input cost moderation and sequential volume improvements after strong price increases support our thesis of an underappreciated high-quality franchise. Another large contributor was Microsoft, which positively surprised the market with solid growth within its cloud business Azure and continued operating margin expansion. Not holding Tesla also contributed positively. Among the largest detractors was On Semiconductor, which reported good numbers for 23Q3, but disappointed with its 23Q4 guidance. The company's silicon carbide (SiC) business weakening led to a meaningful cut of its FY SiC revenue growth forecast. The reason for the cut is linked to a reduction in demand from one OEM, which should be Tesla, and raises questions about the durability of the company's long-term supply agreements. Another large detractor was AstraZeneca. This is probably driven by investors' concerns about the quality of the company's pipeline.
Expectation of fund manager
Michiel Plakman CFA
Overall, economic conditions remain challenging. Next to sharply increasing geopolitical risks, most economies are facing tighter lending conditions, very high interest rates and inflation levels that, despite some easing, are still well above the central bank targets. Based on history, we continue to believe that the market is too optimistic and underestimates the stickiness and the volatility of inflation at the currently still elevated levels. With market valuations still remaining well above depressed levels and the balance of risks for global equity markets overall still looking skewed to the downside, it is hard to get overly excited and hence our fund maintained its defensive positioning. In the meantime, we continue to look for companies whose risk-return profile turned attractive due to overreactions in the market and we are becoming more constructive lately, at least in certain areas. We remain confident in our bottom-up approach that focuses on picking companies with strong over-the-cycle fundamentals and resilient business models to identify high-quality stocks at attractive valuations.
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