Annual Stewardship Event

Tuesday 7 April 2020

09:30-12:00 CET

Robeco FIRST, Weena 850, Rotterdam


We would like to invite you to our Annual Stewardship Event, at which our Active Ownership specialists will be introducing the five new engagement themes for 2020. As is tradition, these five new themes have been defined in collaboration with our clients. We will also touch on current hot topics like carbon and biodiversity, as well as longer-running topics such as corporate governance in emerging markets. Aside from giving an update of our engagement and voting activities in 2019, we will be reflecting on 15 years of experience in active ownership.

by Carola van Lamoen, Head of Active Ownership

To our five new engagement themes for 2020, including protecting biodiversity and
decarbonizing companies & portfolios.

09:50 - 10:20
Climate change: A timeline for change
by Cristina Cedillo Torres, Engagement specialist Active Ownership

Global warming cannot longer be neglected. We engaged with companies on the topic
of climate change for more than 15 years. Cristina will explain how we work with
companies towards concrete and short-term commitments and decisive action to
combat global warming.

10:20 - 10:50
Sustainable production: Greening the value chain
by Peter van der Werf, Engagement specialist Active Ownership

We actively engage with palm oil producers and other companies to combat
biodiversity loss. Peter will elaborate on how we ensure fundamental changes are
taking place through biodiversity impact assessments of their operations and
supply chains. Peter will also describe how we engage with them to develop
plans to achieve zero net deforestation by 2023.

10:50 - 11:10
Coffee Break

11:10 - 11:40
Corporate Governance in Emerging Markets: Utilizing the engagement toolbox
by Michiel van Esch, Engagement specialist Active Ownership

Governance in particular is a factor to watch, as emerging countries have varying
standards of governance, which can have a substantial impact on returns. Michiel
will talk you through the different engagement tools available to investor to
improve corporate governance in Emerging Markets.

11:40 - 12:15
15 years of Active Ownership: Interactive moderated session
by Erika van der Merwe, The Active Ownership Team Client perspective

We reflect on 15 years of Active Ownership at Robeco. From being a pioneer in
Active Ownership to setting the benchmark in the financial industry, our aim
has also been to create returns that benefit the world we live in.

11:40 - 12:15
Lunch and Q&A with Engagement Specialists
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