Sustainable Index Solutions

Taking high-impact, low-carbon solutions to the next level

Key points

  1. Access to our sustainability and factor expertise

  2. Transparency towards clients only, to mitigate the risk of overcrowding

  3. Efficient index construction with low turnover and cost and capacity management

Two massive trends have emerged in the market over the past years: index investing and sustainable investing. While solutions tapping into these two areas are widely available, sustainable index solutions with a forward-looking, low-carbon approach that don’t compromise financial objectives and yet align with the UN SDGs is another thing. We use our sustainable and index construction IP, research teams and experience to create a sustainable alternative to passive market-cap indices, allowing our clients to align with positive impact and reduce their carbon footprints.

Our approach

The Sustainable Index Solutions team transforms the broad market index universe into a sustainable index universe. The solutions:

Positive impact

Positive impact

Exclude worst scoring stocks based on Robeco's time-tested SDG Framework to “Do No Harm”.

Lower carbon footprint

Lower carbon footprint

Significantly lower the carbon footprint based on fundamental forward-looking view of Robeco Climate Strategy team and SDG Framework: exclude climate laggards and polluters.

Contributing to a low-carbon economy

Contributing to a low-carbon economy

Retain climate leaders, which are companies that might have a high carbon footprint based on their current and past emissions but are driving "green innovation" and therefore essential in the transition to a low-carbon economy. We identify these climate leaders through the Robeco SDG Framework.

Optimize the index

Optimize the index

Optimize the index constituents' weights towards the SDGs (sustainability) for the SDG Low-Carbon indices and towards high and balanced factor exposure (return) for the Sustainable Multi-Factor indices.

Research shows that public transparency of indices causes a key disadvantage to a public index investor. Other market participants try to benefit from this public information, resulting in hidden implicit costs. Robeco's indices are only transparent to you, our client, and we do not share this transparency with all market participants, thereby mitigating these risks and that of overcrowding.


The Sustainable Index Solutions team comprises passionate thinkers who challenge the status quo. We incorporate their research into our investment process. Senior members of the team have developed and scaled up multiple investment capabilities at Robeco.

The team consists of many complementary skillsets with academic specializations in climate finance, computer science, econometrics and financial economics. Our PhD program aims to ensure we are able to recruit some of the best talent in the fields of climate finance and econometrics.


Joop Huij - Head of Indices

Joop Huij
Head of Indices

Investors are looking for carbon approaches beyond traditional data and are moving towards positive impact. Our Sustainable Indices are a cost-effective and transparent investment solution for those investors looking to make this move.


The Sustainable Index Solutions team integrates sustainability in all their indices. They strive for positive impact through the integration of Robeco's SDG Framework in their indices and to contribute to a low-carbon economy through the integration of both the forward-looking fundamental view of Robeco's Climate Strategy team and our SDG Framework. 


This strategy is available for various investment regions: Global All Country, Developed Markets, Emerging Markets, US, Europe, Asia-Pacific and Japan.



Core solution

A central investment of a long-term portfolio



An understanding of the topic has been in our DNA since the start



Investments that quantifiably contribute to the SDGs.


Climate transition

Investing that aims to meet decarbonization objectives