RobecoSAM Launches Impact Investing Platform

Zurich, 1 April 2015
  • Environmental Impact Monitoring tool first of several RobecoSAM impact investing solutions
  • Tool quantifies and communicates the environmental impact of listed equity and corporate bond portfolios
  • Broad suite of RobecoSAM impact investing solutions to be introduced later this year
RobecoSAM, the investment specialist focused exclusively on Sustainability Investing (SI), announced the launch of its impact investing offering. RobecoSAM’s Environmental Impact Monitoring tool is the first of a broad suite of impact investing solutions to be released by the Company. The platform will leverage RobecoSAM’s expertise in SI including its proprietary corporate sustainability database, and will cater to institutional investors seeking both societal and financial returns on their investments.

Environmental Impact Monitoring: Quantifying Portfolio Impacts

RobecoSAM’s Environmental Impact Monitoring tool enables investors to quantify, communicate and optimize the environmental impacts of their listed equity and corporate bond portfolios. It measures the impact of investors’ portfolios on a series of tangible environmental indicators and indicates the magnitude of their portfolios’ environmental impact per invested dollar. The key quantitative indicators screened for are: greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions, energy consumption, water use and waste generation. The data can subsequently be used to enable investors to make better informed decisions on how to optimize their portfolios in order to maximize the positive or limit the negative environmental impacts of their investments.

Michael Baldinger, CEO, RobecoSAM: “The launch of our impact investing platform reflects RobecoSAM’s commitment to SI and is a response to investors’ increasing interest in investing with social and environmental improvement in mind. With 20 years’ experience in sustainability investing, no one is better positioned to bring a comprehensive impact investing platform to the market than RobecoSAM.”

Daniel Wild, Head of SI Research & Development, RobecoSAM: “Our Environmental Impact Monitoring tool draws on RobecoSAM’s deep sustainability investing expertise and unique corporate sustainability database to measure the environmental impact per invested dollar of investors’ portfolios. We use this information to optimize investors’ listed equity and corporate bond portfolios and achieve positive environmental impact without compromising financial returns.”

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RobecoSAM’s Impact Investing Offering Set to Expand

RobecoSAM plans to introduce a broad suite of impact investing solutions for listed equity portfolios over the course of the year. Anticipated approaches will be based on both quantitative and qualitative metrics and will seek to address the growing demand for the next generation of sustainability investing solutions in different asset classes.