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sustainability investing

Open house at China Resources Power

16-01-2017 | Insight | Sylvia van Waveren

Following accusations of an environmental UN Global Compact breach, we actively engaged with China Resources & Power (CRP). The company convincingly refuted the allegations and demonstrated great openness to its stakeholders.

Robeco closes successful real estate engagement program

11-01-2017 | Insight | Matthias Narr

Robeco’s Governance and Active Ownership (GAO) team is ending a three-year engagement program with the 11 real estate companies that were held in our property equities fund in 2013.

Stewardship codes give sustainability investing in Asia a push

09-01-2017 | Insight | Michiel van Esch, Ronnie Lim

Whereas Asia used to be a laggard in sustainability investing, the region is catching up quickly. New stewardship codes are being introduced at a rapid pace. Robeco endorses the Japanese, Taiwan and Hong Kong stewardship codes.

From the horse's mouth: How do companies use engagement?

03-01-2017 | Insight | Peter van der Werf

Robeco has been engaging with companies since 2005. While, as investors, we see the use of engagement, we didn’t know how companies perceive this. Earlier this year, VDBO (the Dutch investors association for sustainable development), Robeco and University of Amsterdam researched this topic, interviewing a number of companies on how they use engagement.

ESG trends in Turkey: A country going astray

29-12-2016 | Insight | Max Schieler, Paul Murray John

Turkey’s sustainability performance has steadily declined in recent years. This has had a direct impact on the positioning of Robeco Emerging Debt.

When Low Risk meets ambitious sustainable investing

22-12-2016 | Insight | Arnoud Klep, Pim van Vliet, PhD

Robeco has long been a pioneer in low-risk and sustainable investing. Building on this know-how, we are now launching a Sustainable Conservative Equities strategy.

South Africa leads emerging markets ESG survey

15-12-2016 | Insight | Koos Burema, Michael van der Meer

Robeco has been incorporating sustainability in the analysis of emerging markets companies for over 15 years. What started as a corporate governance survey in 2001 evolved into an Environmental, Social, and Governance (ESG) survey in 2014. In this year’s survey, South Africa continues to be in the lead, while India and Mexico are the biggest risers.

Country Sustainability Ranking shows shifts in Europe

06-12-2016 | Insight | Max Schieler, Rikkert Scholten

Recently, the semi-annual update of the RobecoSAM Country Sustainability Ranking was released. It shows some notable shifts in Europe.

Voting is more powerful than meets the eye

06-12-2016 | Insight | Michiel van Esch

Voting is a more powerful investor tool than meets the eye, as even small levels of dissent can lead to major changes further down the road, says a leading researcher on the subject.

Robeco Quarterly December 2016

01-12-2016 | Magazine | David Blitz, PhD, Jan Sytze Mosselaar, Jeroen Blokland, Léon Cornelissen, Lukas Daalder, Peter Ferket, Pim van Vliet, PhD

Download the second edition of Robeco Quarterly, our 40-page magazine for professional investors, focusing on quant investing, sustainability investing and research. Also in this edition: a long-read on liquid alternatives, a summary of Robeco’s 2017 outlook and an interview with Mark Glazener on the risks of aggressive tax policies.

Round table discusses the reality of integrating ESG

21-11-2016 | Insight | Stefan Laszlo, Rob Radelaar

Sustainability investing has become a broad church, so how do investors actually embrace it? Not every asset manager routinely integrates Environmental, Social and Governance (ESG) factors into equity portfolios, and many still don’t agree on what it should entail.

Corporate Risk Oversight in the Mining Sector – challenges of broad ESG risks

11-11-2016 | Insight

A sound corporate risk oversight is relevant for the investment process in various ways. As risk taking can lead to both profits and losses, it’s important for investors to gain insight in the specific risks that are relevant for companies and the type of policies they use to mitigate those risks. The board of directors is responsible for determining the company’s risk appetite and overseeing that management has taken adequate risk management policies and procedures.

Let's be realistic about renewable electricity

08-11-2016 | Insight | Erik Hylarides

There is a lot of talk about renewable electricity becoming cost-competitive with conventional fossil fuel energy. That is good news for anyone who cares about global warming. However, energy experts point out real and substantial hurdles that still need to be taken.

Corporate culture meets competitive advantage

19-10-2016 | Insight | Chris Berkouwer, Michiel Plakman

Cultural change is very difficult to accomplish. If a company’s competitive advantage is backed by corporate culture, is will be sticky and can lead to long-term value creation. We aim to identify companies that have the right cultural building blocks, which ultimately leads to better shareholder returns.

Macondo boosts risk management in deepwater drilling

12-10-2016 | Insight | Sylvia van Waveren

After the Macondo oil spill in 2010, we started engaging with ten companies in the deepwater drilling industry. Objective was to gain insight into the risks and investment opportunities, and encourage best practices. We were impressed with the improvements and the sense of urgency we observed.

Robeco Quarterly September 2016

11-10-2016 | Magazine

Download the first edition of Robeco Quarterly, our new 40-page magazine for professional investors, focusing on quant investing, sustainability investing and research.

Sustainable Development Goals: an opportunity for investors

11-10-2016 | Insight | Matthias Narr, Bas Knol

The UN has released the Sustainable Development Goals, asking the private sector to contribute as well. Asset managers such as Robeco cannot only make an important contribution, they can also benefit from the investment opportunities that arise.

Engaging for sustainable palm oil

03-10-2016 | Insight | Peter van der Werf

Palm oil is used in many products including food and cosmetics. It is faced with several environmental and social issues that have become a reputational risk. We are engaging with companies in this industry to improve their performance on issues such as human rights, deforestation and labor standards.

Upward trend in euro area ESG scores is stalling

27-09-2016 | Olaf Penninga, Rikkert Scholten

After years of widespread improvements, the ESG scores of euro area countries have started to show a more mixed picture. This can be concluded from the latest update of the RobecoSAM Country Sustainability Ranking. The information obtained from the ranking is used in investment decisions for the Euro Government Bonds fund.

Global warming: a systemic risk

26-09-2016 | Insight | Léon Cornelissen

Global warming will become worse, before it hopefully becomes better, says Chief Economist Léon Cornelissen.

Solar energy: do we have a lift-off?

20-09-2016 | Insight | Henk Grootveld

The role of renewable energy, such as sun and wind energy, is expected to increase rapidly over the next years. At this stage it is hard to pinpoint exactly which companies will benefit the most, but it is already clear that a lot of damage will be caused in the energy sector, utilities and car manufacturers.

Banks’ risk culture and its impact on credits

13-09-2016 | Insight | Taeke Wiersma, Christopher Greenwald

After the credit crisis, the importance of proper risk management at banks has become indisputable. In 2015, RobecoSAM incorporated a new question on banks’ risk culture in its yearly Corporate Sustainability Assessment. This information has a direct impact on Robeco’s credit investment decisions.

Smart sustainability integration in Quant Equity

12-09-2016 | Insight | Bart Van der Grient, Machiel Zwanenburg

All Robeco Quantitative Equity strategies integrate ESG factors. To measure sustainability, we use the scores based on RobecoSAM’s Corporate Sustainability Assessment. Recently, RobecoSAM has introduced the Smart ESG score. This is more suitable for investment purposes, as it removes undesired biases and gives more weight to elements with more predictive power for future returns.

Avoiding unpleasant surprises: country risk in telecom credits

07-09-2016 | Insight | Jankees Ruizeveld, Mattias Müller

For many telecom companies, expanding into emerging countries can be very attractive. However, the telecom sector is highly exposed to country governance risk, such as changing regulations and bribery. For credits issued by telecom companies we assess this risk in a structured way to make better-informed investment decisions.

Engagement with Olam mutually beneficial

05-09-2016 | Engagement Spotlight | Peter van der Werf

As a sustainable investor, Robeco is convinced that engaging with companies on the most material sustainability issues enhances their competitiveness and profitability. In addition, it generates measurable benefits for investors and society as a whole. Our engagement with Olam is a case in point.

Bridging Sustainability and Finance: value-driver adjustment

01-09-2016 | Insight | Petra Sagel

Willem Schramade, Sustainability and Valuation Specialist in Robeco’s Global Equity team, recently published an article on ESG integration in the Journal of Applied Corporate Finance. In this article, he explains how true ESG integration can help both investors and companies become more successful and may even lead to a more sustainable form of capitalism.

Good corporate governance

31-08-2016 | Insight

The principles of the International Corporate Governance Network are used to improve governance practices at listed companies as part of the good corporate governance theme. These principles have been designed so that they can be harmonized with specific local regulation and governance codes.

Health and Safety in the clothing sector

31-08-2016 | Insight

Consumers increasingly regard sustainability as one of the factors that determines in which shop they will purchase their clothing. They use social media and the information that is shared by consumers and other stakeholders such as NGO's to determine their opinion regarding a clothing brand. Preventing health and safety risks in the clothing sector is therefore important for companies in the clothing industry.

Wind of change

31-08-2016 | Insight | Chris Berkouwer

The wind industry is past its growing pains. It hardly needs subsidies anymore and is showing much better returns on invested capital and free cash flow generation. It’s finally investment worthy.

Year-to-date: Using ESG to assess the quality of Return on Equity

29-08-2016 | Insight | Johan van der Lugt

We firmly believe that ESG analysis, combined with traditional financial analysis, can offer investors powerful insights. With our proprietary Sustainable ROE Analyzer, we use ESG information to assess the quality and sustainability of Returns on Equity (ROEs) of property & casualty insurance companies

Year-to-date: Successfully integrating sustainability

16-08-2016 | Insight | Edith Siermann

In an institutional masterclass on Asset TV a panel of industry experts discuss how they manage sustainability, how they select prospects and talk about their research process.

Robeco retains PRI’s highest A+ grade

08-08-2016 | Insight | Edith Siermann

Robeco has retained the highest possible A+ score for sustainability investing by the United Nations Principles for Responsible Investment (UNPRI).

Year-to-date: Engagement as a means to lower the carbon footprint of our portfolios

08-08-2016 | Insight | Sylvia van Waveren

When national governments are starting to actually implement global warming policies after COP21, stranded assets will become an unprecedented problem for sectors relying on fossil fuels.

Cyber risk should be addressed at board level

04-08-2016 | Insight | Carola van Lamoen

Cyber risk should be addressed at board level as it poses an increasing threat to companies and investors, says Robeco’s head of Governance and Active Ownership.

The intricacies of engaging in Asia

27-07-2016 | Insight | Michiel van Esch

It was up close and personal for Engagement Specialist Michiel van Esch when he learnt the do’s and don’ts of engaging companies in Asia during a three-month spell in Robeco’s Hong Kong office. It requires a different approach to what is common practice elsewhere in the world.

Smart energy investments for a low carbon future

13-07-2016 | Interview | Thiemo Lang

Thiemo Lang, Portfolio Manager of the RobecoSAM Smart Energy strategy, discusses the future of the energy sector in the wake of the COP21 agreement to limit global warming to well below 2°C.

Integrating sustainability into factor credit strategies

12-07-2016 | Research | Frederik Muskens, Jeroen van Zundert, Mark Whirdy, Patrick Houweling, PhD

Our factor credit strategies have two main objectives: maximizing the portfolio’s factor exposure and limiting sustainability risks. How do we integrate these two goals?

Tackling climate change the economic way

04-07-2016 | Interview

Helen Mountford is the Director of Economics at the World Resources Institute and the Program Director for its New Climate Economy initiative, which provides independent evidence on the relationship between actions which can strengthen economic performance and reduce the risk of dangerous climate change. In this interview she outlines how she believes sustainable investment works best in combination with government policies.

What's behind the façade?

29-06-2016 | Insight | Willem Schramade

Many asset managers claim to do ESG integration. But do they really? It can be a tough call, as the marketing is often stronger than the execution; scores and ratings tell only part of the story; and the confusion over concepts makes it even harder. Here are four questions that can help you get behind the façade.

Simon Property's sustainability journey

28-06-2016 | Insight | Matthias Narr

Simon Property Group (‘Simon’) is a US real estate company that develops and operates shopping centers. The company has remarkably improved its sustainability performance since we started to engage with them in 2013.

ESG integration: the value-driver adjustment approach

27-06-2016 | Insight | Willem Schramade

Willem Schramade, Sustainability and Valuation Specialist in Robeco’s Global Equity team, recently published an article on ESG integration in the Journal of Sustainable Finance & Investment. In this article, he explains the Robeco Global Equity team’s advanced approach to ESG integration.

Winners and sinners in country sustainability rankings

13-06-2016 | Insight | Max Schieler

Sweden is still the world’s most sustainable country, while the UK faces a stability threat due to the Brexit vote, and the refugee crisis is a major global risk, according to the latest RobecoSAM assessment.

Advance Magazine June 2016

09-06-2016 | Magazine | Vera Krückel

Our latest Advance magazine leads on how investors need to rethink demographics, plus all the latest developments in sustainability investing.

Panama Papers yet again stress the importance of ESG

22-04-2016 | Insight | Carola van Lamoen, Mark Glazener, Taeke Wiersma, Aaron Reem

The Panama Papers appear to be yet another scandal in the banking sector. The relevance for us as investors is that if banks are found to have engaged in illegal tax evasion practices, their reputation will be damaged and they can face big fines. This affects profitability and debt repayment capacity.

Sustainability leadership or déjà vu CSR?

13-04-2016 | Opinion | Willem Schramade

Willem Schramade, Sustainability and Valuation Specialist within Robeco’s Global Equity team, has flashbacks of Groundhog Day.

Investors need to rethink demographics, says Credit Suisse expert

30-03-2016 | Insight

Investors need to rethink their entire views about demographics because the current pensions system is unsustainable, says population expert Amlan Roy.

Extensive engagements with Royal Dutch Shell

29-03-2016 | Insight | Sylvia van Waveren

Like many companies in the oil and gas sector, Shell is facing a constant stream of allegations related to environmental issues. Since the start of Robeco’s engagement programs in 2005, we have been in dialogue with this global energy company on several topics.

Putting the promises of COP21 into practice

16-03-2016 | Insight | Dirk Hoozemans

Dirk Hoozemans, energy and utilities analyst within the Robeco Global Equities team, outlines why he is optimistic that the targets set at December’s climate change summit can be implemented.

Successfully integrating sustainability

18-02-2016 | Insight | Edith Siermann

In an institutional masterclass on Asset TV a panel of industry experts discuss how they manage sustainability, how they select prospects and talk about their research process.

Robeco Global Total Return Bond Funds leading approach to ESG integration

05-02-2016 | Insight | Kommer van Trigt, Rikkert Scholten

The Global Total Return Bond Fund aims to capture opportunities in fixed income classes around the globe.

No sugarcoating the facts for Bunge

04-02-2016 | Insight | Peter van der Werf

Following allegations of human rights and environmental breaches against the Brazilian subsidiary of Bunge, we started an enhanced engagement with this global agribusiness company in addition to our dialogue on challenges in the soy and palm oil supply chain. The company has taken decisive action, showing good progress on our engagement objectives.

Engagement as a means to lower the carbon footprint of our portfolios

04-02-2016 | Insight | Sylvia van Waveren

When national governments are starting to actually implement global warming policies after COP21, stranded assets will become an unprecedented problem for sectors relying on fossil fuels.

Using ESG to assess the quality of Return on Equity

06-01-2016 | Insight | Johan van der Lugt

We firmly believe that ESG analysis, combined with traditional financial analysis, can offer investors powerful insights. With our proprietary Sustainable ROE Analyzer, we use ESG information to assess the quality and sustainability of Returns on Equity (ROEs) of property & casualty insurance companies

Analyze this: valuing carbon exposures

03-12-2015 | Insight | Willem Schramade

In the 1999 motion picture ‘Analyze this’, a psychiatrist is reluctant to accept a mafia boss as his patient, but is then forced to accept and analyze him.

Advance November 2015 - Sustainability Investing in focus

24-11-2015 | Magazine

Our latest Advance magazine leads on how we engage with carbon companies, plus all the latest developments in sustainability investing.

Governance issues underline need for ESG integration

16-11-2015 | Insight | Jankees Ruizeveld

In recent months, several telecom companies with operations in emerging markets were faced with corporate governance issues. These issues had huge consequences and highlighted the negative risks for bondholders. They show that integrating environmental, social and governance (ESG) factors into the analysis is key in assessing the downside risk of credit investments.

Robeco Property Equities scores well on sustainability

15-10-2015 | Insight | Folmer Pietersma, Matthias Narr

Every year GRESB (Global Real Estate Sustainability Benchmark) conducts a survey that serves as input for its sustainability benchmark. Robeco uses this benchmark to engage with companies in which we invest in order to improve the real estate sector’s sustainability. Robeco Property Equities scores well above the average.

‘A quantitative approach to sustainability investing’

22-09-2015 | Insight | Machiel Zwanenburg

“We wanted to create an alternative to the existing active and passive ESG solutions.” Portfolio manager Machiel Zwanenburg manages RobecoSAM Quant Sustainable Global Equities (QSGE) together with Peter Ferket.

Robeco Global Stars Equities: investing with higher conviction

21-09-2015 | Insight | Jan Keuppens, Willem Schramade

Jan Keuppens and Willem Schramade explain how ESG is integrated in the analysis and valuation of equities for Robeco Global Stars Equities. "We are thus able to make better informed investment decisions."

12 things to know about sustainable investing

31-08-2015 | Insight | Willem Schramade

Sustainable investing (SI) is a confusing field, with lots of different concepts and approaches. We will discuss twelve observations that should help asset owners find their way.

Fixed income quarterly outlook: ESG integration leads to better informed investment decisions

22-07-2015 | Outlook | Kommer van Trigt, Machiel van de Groes, Paul van der Worp

In its outlook for the third quarter of this year, Robeco’s Global Fixed Income Macro team shares its views on Treasuries, credits and emerging debt and explains its positions in Rorento Global Total Return Bond Fund.

How to keep Asia’s growth sustainable? | Advance May 2015

21-05-2015 | Magazine

To keep up the strong growth it displayed in the past - and ultimately catch up with western economies – emerging Asia has to address some very concrete environmental challenges.

Car engine innovation is key to CO2 reduction

30-04-2015 | Insight | Evert Giesen

Although there are still some climate sceptics, most scientists share the view that man-made CO2 emission leads to global warming and climate change. This has led to efforts to reduce CO2 emission levels. As the car industry is one of the largest sources of man-made CO2 emissions, car manufacturers who can deal with this challenge in an innovative way, can be attractive for us as investors.

Ireland catches up with Germany on sustainability measures

15-04-2015 | News item

There is a clear relationship between the strength of a country’s ESG profile and its creditworthiness. From this perspective, it’s interesting to see that according to RobecoSAM, Ireland has caught up with Germany with regard to sustainability measures. The asset manager evaluates 60 countries in its yearly sustainability framework on a range of 17 environmental, social and governance factors. The April 2015 update of this ranking shows some interesting trends.

Sustainability integration in Quantitative Equity strategies

10-03-2015 | Insight | Bart Van der Grient, Michael Strating, Pim van Vliet, PhD, Wilma de Groot, CFA

Robeco is committed to sustainable investing. All Robeco Quantitative Equity strategies already integrated ESG factors (Environment, Social and Governance), and since December 2014, we have taken this one step further.

Helping pension funds to ‘do something’ with sustainability

04-03-2015 | Insight | Lucas van Berkestijn

While many institutional investors may have the ambition to integrate sustainability into their investment processes, they often don’t know where to start, struggling to make more concrete steps. “We can help them by making a step-by-step roadmap to implement sustainability investing and keep in control of their progress”, says Lucas van Berkestijn, Sustainability Investing Client Specialist for RobecoSAM.

How investors implement ESG

18-02-2015 | Insight | Bas Eestermans

The drive to including sustainability factors into mainstream investing has become unstoppable – but investors approach it in different ways. Robeco recently held a series of round tables with existing and prospective clients to find out how investment professionals now tackle the subject.

ESG integration: how to monitor your external manager?

28-11-2014 | Insight

While ESG integration seems high on the agenda of many asset owners, implementation remains a challenge when selecting and monitoring external managers. Cécile Churet, Sustainability Investing Client Specialist at RobecoSAM, researched the industry trends and concluded that there is still a long way to go.

Valuing ESG impact at Robeco Global Equity

26-09-2014 | Insight | Willem Schramade

More and more investors recognize the importance of ESG integration. However, many parties tend to focus on screening and exclusion. While lots of ESG efforts are being made, the connection to business models and valuation tends to be missing. In this article we discuss how the Robeco Global Equity team tackles the challenge of linking ESG to value drivers.

Credit analysis and ESG: a perfect fit

17-09-2014 | Insight | Jankees Ruizeveld, Taeke Wiersma

One of the cornerstones of the investment philosophy of Robeco’s Credit team is that avoiding losers is more important than picking every winner. The team believes that integrating environmental, social and corporate governance (ESG) factors into its analysis strengthens the ability to assess the downside risk of its credit investments. The Credit team is therefore convinced that ESG and credit analysis are a perfect fit.

ESG integration, in particular for corporate bonds

08-09-2014 | Insight | Edith Siermann

Institutional investors are becoming increasingly aware of the fact that trends such as population growth, the scarcity of raw materials and globalization have an impact on a company's risks and opportunities. Under the pressure of regulators and investors, such as participants in pension funds, sustainable investing is slowly but surely evolving from a 'niche' to a general trend.

Integrating ESG in Euro Government Bond portfolios

07-07-2014 | Insight | Olaf Penninga, Rikkert Scholten

The ESG ranking of a number of euro periphery countries has improved, after having reached a low in 2010. These changes give information on developments in a country’s investment risk. We use this information to identify trends in, for instance, the political climate that are relevant for our investment decisions.

ESG integration, in particular for Corporate bonds

03-07-2014 | Insight

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The impact of ESG on credit portfolios: the energy sector

09-05-2014 | Insight | Taeke Wiersma

Policy makers around the world are issuing regulations to reduce air pollution and climate change.

Water: our most precious resource

24-04-2014 | Insight

Water is a precious, yet finite resource essential for life, with no adequate substitute. Supplying and allocating water of adequate quality and in sufficient quantity is one of the major challenges facing society today. Watch the video.

Focus on ESG risks crucial in the telecom sector

01-11-2013 | Opinion | Edith Siermann

When considering sustainable corporate operations you initially think of preventing child labor in the textile industry or of recycling metal. The telecom sector does not immediately spring to mind. However, in this sector there are actually many specific issues, particularly relating to social (S) and environmental (E) aspects of the business that, if not properly managed, can expose telecom companies to considerable risk. I will focus on the most significant of these.

RobecoSAM Country Sustainability Ranking

01-08-2013 | Johan Duyvesteyn, PhD, CFA, Max Schieler, Rikkert Scholten

The RobecoSAM Country Sustainability Ranking is an advanced tool used to help make investment decisions. A group of 59 countries are assessed on the basis of various sustainability criteria.

The impact of ESG on credit analysis: an example from the banking sector

05-07-2013 | Insight | Taeke Wiersma

In our previous edition we explained the integration of Environmental, Social and Governance (ESG) factors in the analysis of stocks. How does this work for credits and does ESG information really impact an analyst’s opinion? ‘Not always, but in some cases it definitely has a material impact’, says Taeke Wiersma, Head of Robeco’s Credit Research team.

Why do we rank countries on sustainability?

21-06-2013 | Insight | Rikkert Scholten

The Country Sustainability Ranking is the start of the analysis of a country and aims to lead to a better founded investment decision. That is how why we identify opportunities and threats in investment portfolios.

Better decisions with Country Sustainability Ranking

03-06-2013 | Insight | Johan Duyvesteyn, PhD, CFA, Jürgen Siemer, Rikkert Scholten

The financial crisis that erupted in 2008 underlined the need to look beyond credit ratings and the classic set of fundamental data and prompted us to develop an analysis process for sustainability on a country level.

Robeco's exclusion policy in relation to the new Dutch legislation on cluster munitions

04-02-2013 | News item

On 1 January 2013, a ban on investment in cluster munitions came into effect in the Netherlands. From 1 April this year the Netherlands Authority for the Financial Markets (Autoriteit Financiële Markten or 'AFM') will start to formally implement this ban.

ESG integration into Robeco’s quantitative stock selection model

03-01-2011 | Research | Daniël Haesen, CFA, Michael Strating

Robeco advocates Responsible Investing. We believe that this improves the long-term risk-return profile for our clients. One of the pillars of Robeco’s Responsible Investing policy involves the integration of environmental, social and governance (ESG) factors into the investment process.

Interview

Research by Prof. Robert G. Eccles from the Harvard Business School has found that high-sustainability companies significantly outperform their counterparts over the long term, both in terms of financial performance and the rate of return for investors. These are the companies with a long, consistent track record of engaging in and disclosing efforts to operate with ESG policies. In the following interview, he explains why and how sustainability allows for better informed investment decisions, what challenges need to be overcome and what the future of sustainability investing could look like.

Good governance: international principles for engagement with impact

The principles of the International Corporate Governance Network (ICGN) are the starting point for Robeco's voting policy and offer guidelines for many engagement activities.

Concrete progress in eco-efficiency for metals and cement companies

Sylvia van Waveren

As an asset manager focusing on Sustainability Investing, Robeco plays an important role in encouraging the development of a low-carbon, resource-efficient economy. Eco-efficiency in the metals and cement industry is of vital importance in this respect and helps companies save costs. In her engagement with 11 companies on this topic, Engagement Specialist Sylvia van Waveren witnessed significant progress.

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