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Robeco Global Equity has been structurally integrating ESG information into its research and investment process for the last three years.
Over 200 investment cases have been written that incorporate environmental, social and governance factors into the fundamental analysis and valuation work. It is certainly effective: in about 50% of the investment cases there is an impact on the valuation due to the ESG analysis. On average, 7% of company valuations are attributed to ESG factors.
These are two worlds – of equities and of sustainability investing – that are colliding and now colluding in the investment process. Integrating ESG has become critical, directly influencing future returns. In this white paper, we explain why we use this extra lens in our research and how we do this, including some of the results of our analysis of the investment cases.