RobecoSAM Global SDG Engagement Equities D USD
Actively targeting impact and financial returns
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.
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MSCI All Country World Index (Net Return, USD)
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
- Helping business achieve positive impact through engagement.
- Drive clear and measurable improvements in a company’s contribution to the SDG’s while achieving attractive investment returns.
- Concentrated portfolio includes assessment on SDGs engagement potential.
About this fund
RobecoSAM Global SDG Engagement Equities is an actively managed fund that invests in a concentrated selection of global stocks. Stock selection is based on fundamental analysis to invest in companies based on their contribution to the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (UN SDGs). The fund will actively engage with the invested companies and initiate a dialogue to motivate these companies to improve their fulfilment of the UN SDGs over three to five years via active engagement. The portfolio is built on the basis of an eligible investment universe and an internally developed SDG framework for mapping and measuring SDG contributions (information can be obtained via the website www.robeco.com/si).The fund also aims to achieve a better return than the index.
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Michiel Plakman CFA
Daniela da Costa
Peter van der Werf
Michiel Plakman is Lead Portfolio Manager and member of the Global Equity team. He is responsible for fundamental global equities with a focus on SDG investing and on companies in information technology, real estate and 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 Japan 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. Daniela da Costa is responsible for the team’s investments in Brazil and the African consumer sector. Prior to joining Robeco in 2010, she was Portfolio Manager Latin American Equities at Nomura in London. Before that, Daniela worked at HSBC and with the Petrobras pension fund in Brazil. She started her career in the industry in 1997. Daniela holds a Master's in Economics from the Brazilian Capital Markets Institute in Rio de Janeiro (IBMEC-RJ) and a MBA certificate in pension fund asset management from the Federal University of Rio de Janeiro (COPPE-UFRJ). She is board member of AMEC, the Brazilian stewardship agency and a member of Robeco’s SDG committee and Biodiversity Task Force. Peter van der Werf is Manager Engagement at Robeco. He leads the corporate and sovereign engagement program in the Active Ownership team and is involved in further integration of active ownership in Robeco’s investment products. With his engagement work he has challenged sustainability leadership at more than 200 global companies to align their environmental and social strategy with Robeco’s sustainable investing philosophy. As Portfolio Manager SDG Engagement Equities, Peter contributes to impact investing in listed equity. He is also an Advisory Board member of the Finance for Biodiversity foundation. Peter started his career in 2007 and holds a Master’s in Environmental Sciences from Wageningen University.
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Since inception 07/2021
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.
Included management fee
A fee paid by the fund to the asset management company for the professional management of the fund.
Included service fee
This fee is intended to cover official fees, such as the cost of annual reports, annual shareholders' meetings and price publications.
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 0.05% 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
The fiscal consequences of investing in this fund depend on the investor's personal situation. For private investors in the Netherlands real interest and dividend income or capital gains received on their investments are not relevant for tax purposes. Each year investors pay income tax on the value of their net assets as at 1 January if and inasmuch as such net assets exceed the investor’s tax-free allowance. Any amount invested in the fund forms part of the investor's net assets. Private investors who are resident outside the Netherlands will not be taxed in the Netherlands on their investments in the fund. However, such investors may be taxed in their country of residence on any income from an investment in this fund based on the applicable national fiscal laws. Other fiscal rules apply to legal entities or professional investors. We advise 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.
The fund does not distribute dividend. The fund retains any income that is earned and so its entire performance is reflected in its share price.
RobecoSAM Global SDG Engagement Equities is an actively managed fund that invests in stocks all over the world. 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 invests in companies that are able to have a clear and measurable improvement in their contribution to the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (UN SDGs) over three to five years via active engagement. The fund integrates ESG (Environmental, Social and Governance) factors in the investment process and applies Robeco’s Good Governance policy. The fund applies sustainability indicators, including but not limited to, normative, activity-based and region-based exclusions, and applies proxy voting and engagement. The fund also aims to provide long term capital growth. The portfolio is built on the basis of the eligible investment universe and an internally developed SDGs framework for mapping and measuring SDG contributions, about which more information can be obtained via the website www.robeco.com/si. The fund has a concentrated portfolio of stocks with the highest potential value growth.
Risk management is fully integrated into the investment process to ensure that positions always meet predefined guidelines.
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SDG Impact Alignment
This distribution across SDG scores shows the portfolio weight allocated to companies with a positive, negative and neutral impact alignment with the Sustainable Development Goals (SDG) based on Robeco’s SDG Framework. The frameworks, which utilizes a three-step approach to assess a company’s impact alignment with the relevant SDGs, provides a methodology for assigning companies with an SDG score. The score ranges from positive to negative impact alignment with levels from high, medium or low impact alignment. This results in a 7-step scale from -3 to +3. If the data set does not cover the full portfolio, the figures shown above each impact level sum to the coverage level to reflect the data coverage of the portfolio, with minimal deviations that reflect rounding. Weights < 0.5% will show as 0. If an index has been selected, the same figures are also provided for the index. Holdings mapped as corporates and/or sovereign are included in the figures. For more information, please visit https://www.robeco.com/docm/docu-brochure-robecosam-sdg-framework.pdf
The fund incorporates sustainability in the investment process by the means of a target universe, exclusions, ESG integration and engagement. The fund solely invests in stocks issued by companies with a low negative to low 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). The fund actively engages with 100% of the corporate holdings typically for a period of three to five years. 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.
Never a dull moment in global equity markets, though this month's muted price action proved the opposite (flat in EUR, +2% in USD). Beneath the surface we have seen quite some stock dispersion on the back of 2023 first-quarter earnings results, with misses punished severely and only strong beats being rewarded. With over 50% of companies having reported thus far, it seemed most earnings reports did clear a low bar and backstopped markets for now after renewed macro and banking jitters from the previous month. Interestingly, many mega-cap tech and longer duration names continued their comeback, offsetting much of the damage from 'old economy' complexes that have been struggling year-to-date. Also, the strong performance of, for example, high-end luxury and conventional defensive stocks is concurrent, with an overall shift into quality pricing power plays and 'flight to safety'. Companies indeed sound cautious on demand and see cracks forming, with some seeing their all-time high backlog drying up rapidly, meaning less room for pricing from here onwards.
Based on transaction prices, the fund's return was 1.42%. The portfolio had a neutral performance in April, and still is up nicely for the year, relative to the benchmark. During April, we had positive contributions from stock selection in consumer discretionary and healthcare, while stock selection in information technology made a negative attribution. Healthcare was mainly helped by a positive contribution from Novartis, while Sony and AutoZone supported performance in consumer discretionary. We also had a positive contribution in financials from BTG Pactual, which recovered nicely after a difficult start to the year. The main underperformer in information technology this month was STMicroelectronics, which posted strong results. However, investors are clearly more concerned with regard to automotive semiconductors, and STMicroelectronics therefore gave up some of its year-to-date gains during April.
Expectation of fund manager
Michiel Plakman CFA
Daniela da Costa
Peter van der Werf
Interestingly, Europe seems to have become a relative safe haven with the US facing more specific risks ahead, such as a large come down from massive Covid liquidity, risky commercial real estate, the regional banks saga, debt ceiling debates and continued political divisions. The valuation differential between both regions with the US on 18x forward earnings versus 12x for Europe, might argue in favor of Europe since a long time. Still, large issues at play in the US, such as a hard landing or a severe contraction in credit markets, undoubtedly spill over to Europe too, outweighing any modest tailwind it gets from China's reopening and current 'easy comps'. While we do not own a crystal ball showing interest rate pathways and where they might peak out, or even start to ease down, we do think it makes sense to see an extended pause in any rate movement at some point. The status quo is fragile and the flurry of data points do imply calmer rate markets and equity markets staying somewhat in limbo. This means investors like us continue to be comfortable with sticking around in the quality corner for longer.
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