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Sustainable investing

Creating returns that benefit the world we live in

Meeting the needs of the present generation without compromising those of generations to come. It’s not just a tick-the-boxes activity for us: Robeco has been a global leader in sustainable investing since 1995.

The Big Book of Sustainable Investing
  • Working on real impact

    We know that sustainability is a long-term force for change and a driver to integrate ESG across our investment solutions, actively engage with companies, and work on real impact.

    By diving deeper to understand dynamics and impact, our comprehensive sustainable approach leads to better-informed investment decisions. Creating better returns – and looking after the world we live in.

    Our long commitment to sustainability often leads to external recognition: Robeco ranked first place for SI in the renowned ShareAction survey of 75 global asset managers.

    Climate investing: from urgency to solutions Sustainability reports and policies

RobecoSAM: an impactful ingredient

  • For over 25 years, RobecoSAM has been at the forefront of sustainable investing (SI). Today, it is Robeco’s sustainability ingredient brand, used to designate selected SI intelligence and research.  

    RobecoSAM-labeled strategies guarantee a state of the art impact approach. This is true of all our sustainable thematic strategies, but applies equally to our equity and fixed income impact strategies. 

    About RobecoSAM Sustainable Investing Research Impact Investing
  • All of these strategies have been designed to have a positive, measurable impact on the environment and society and to contribute to the UN’s 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). But there’s more. RobecoSAM also designates Robeco’s range of rankings of both companies and countries in terms of their sustainability to help investors make responsible choices. In a nutshell, sustainability impacts everything we do. Our SI ingredient brand is an assurance that sustainability takes center stage at Robeco.

    Sustainable Investing Expertise by RobecoSAM

Sustainable investing requires a dose of realism

Nothing is impossible

  • The one thing we cannot do is nothing. Our Sustainability Inside approach, which uses ESG building blocks, is applied to the majority of our strategies. As of December 2020, we have more than 160 billion EUR assets integrating ESG. We tailor our solutions to individual risk budgets and SI needs, while ensuring ESG information is consistently integrated into our investment processes.

    With an extensive range of impact investing products, we also cater to investors with explicit ESG targets, like environmental footprint reduction, investors who wish to contribute to the SDGs, or invest in themes, like water or gender equality.

    Our sustainable strategies Sustainable Finance Action Plan
  • A team of engagement specialists maintains an active dialogue with 200 companies to influence corporate behavior. They also vote at around 5,000 shareholder meetings, creating real change. For example, following our engagement, Shell agreed to set short-term targets for cutting carbon emissions, and will link executive pay to meeting these objectives for the first time. We endorse numerous codes of conduct and principles. Robeco is a PRI signatory, a participant in the UNGC and the ICGN. We have also signed the Dutch SDG Investing Agenda and several local stewardship codes. 

    You can embark on sustainability investing in small steps. What we see at Robeco is that, as knowledge of and experience in SI increase across the organization, so does conviction. Nothing is impossible.

    Active ownership Sustainability networks

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The real challenge is ensuring we all move in the right direction
The real challenge is ensuring we all move in the right direction
Finding common ground on how to act is one of the biggest challenges in tackling climate change.
17-05-2021 | Insight
Solutions: a planetary problem requires a multi-faceted approach
Solutions: a planetary problem requires a multi-faceted approach
Climate change is a planetary problem that requires deep and sweeping solutions with immediate and long-term effect.
14-05-2021
How regulations promote sustainable investing
How regulations promote sustainable investing
A raft of new EU regulations is set to promote investments that can help tackle climate change.
10-05-2021 | Insight
Opportunity: Identifying appropriate climate-friendly investments
Opportunity: Identifying appropriate climate-friendly investments
Global decarbonization efforts will result in clear winners and losers, fostering a favorable environment for active managers.
06-05-2021 | Insight
The road to impact investing – a journey for insurers
The road to impact investing – a journey for insurers
Sustainable investing has risen to the top of insurers’ agendas – but how to make an impact with it?
05-05-2021 | Insight
Sustainability Report 2020: ‘There is no recovery without sustainability’
Sustainability Report 2020: ‘There is no recovery without sustainability’
A commitment to sustainable investing that has become stronger than ever in the era of Covid-19 is highlighted in Robeco’s Sustainability Report 2020.
04-05-2021 | Insight
Climate engagements highlighted in Q1 Active Ownership report
Climate engagements highlighted in Q1 Active Ownership report
A double feature on climate work with banks and high-carbon emitters leads the Active Ownership team’s Q1 report.
04-05-2021 | Active Ownership Report
Our six climate change engagement themes
Our six climate change engagement themes
Robeco’s commitment to tackling climate change can be seen in six engagement programs related to the issue.
03-05-2021 | Insight
In addition to sustainable investing, we also have four other key strengths: