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Sustainable Investing

Active ownership

Active ownership is a key tenet of sustainable investing, which has been part of Robeco’s DNA for decades. We believe that being active owners of the companies in which we invest contributes to both investment results and society. We have huge experience in using engagement to seek improvements in the sustainable characteristics of companies, and voting on issues at shareholder meetings.

Stewardship

  • Stewardship means responsibly managing the assets that have been entrusted to us, and reporting openly on how we uphold sustainability principles when doing so. Actively exercising our stewardship responsibilities is an integral part of Robeco’s SI approach.
  • It is closely aligned with our investment mission – to use research-based, quality-driven processes to produce the best possible long-term results for our clients. Therefore, our stewardship activities are aimed at long-term value creation in our wide range of portfolios.
    Robeco's Stewardship policy Robeco Stewardship Report 2021

Facts & figures

    • EUR 389 billion assets under engagement
    • EUR 154 billion assets under voting
    • 270 engagement cases
    • 7,723 shareholder meetings voted
    • 77 markets voted
    • 62% cases closed successfully
    • 54% meetings voted against management
    • 78,729 proposals we voted on
    • 226 companies engaged
    • 26 engagement themes
    Source: Robeco, Stewardship Report 2021

Active ownership reporting

Keeping clients and stakeholders informed of our stewardship activities is an important element of exercising our responsibilities. Every quarter we outline the highlights of our active ownership activities, providing insight into our voting and engagement achievements, trends we observe, and the major themes we’re following.
  • Proxy voting results

    Robeco votes at around 5,000 shareholder annual general meetings every year. Transparency is a vital part of sustainability, so we publish our voting records on our website and in quarterly and annual reports. Robeco has not been afraid to vote against contentious proposals or resolutions at shareholder meetings, and has often voted against the reappointment of directors who have not fulfilled their obligations to good governance, including issues of remuneration.
    How we voted Shareholder meetings
  • Stewardship & collaboration

    Robeco believes strongly in collaboration in a rapidly changing world. We therefore work with a wide range of international organizations as part of our commitment to making financial markets more sustainable. We are signatories to a diverse array of global initiatives, such as the Principles for Responsible Investment, the United Nations Global Compact and the International Corporate Governance Network. We are also members of more bespoke initiatives such as the Institutional Investors Group on Climate Change, the Transition Pathway Initiative and the Platform Living Wage Financials. Put simply, we believe we are stronger together.
    Relevant codes and memberships

Tap into our expertise

Keep up with our knowledge and trends through articles, podcasts and videos.

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Tap into our expertise

Keep up with our knowledge and trends through articles, podcasts and videos.

More insights
Marrying sustainability and emerging markets expertise in quantitative strategies
Marrying sustainability and emerging markets expertise in quantitative strategies
The most sustainable emerging market companies are on par with those in developed markets.
03-08-2022 | Insight
Time for the Asia-Pacific green bond market to step up to the challenge
Time for the Asia-Pacific green bond market to step up to the challenge
Green bond issuance in the region has grown enormously.
01-08-2022 | Insight
Net-zero focus in Q2 Active Ownership report
Net-zero focus in Q2 Active Ownership report
Engaging to cut corporate emissions leads the Active Ownership team’s Q2 report as a new net-zero 2050 investment fund is launched.
29-07-2022 | Active Ownership Report
Should shorting count for net-zero portfolios?
Should shorting count for net-zero portfolios?
Short positions can be a meaningful add-on, but should not be an excuse for inaction on the long side of a portfolio.
27-07-2022 | Insight
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Harmful algal blooms are threatening surface waters
In moderation, algal blooms are a natural and needed part of nature; in excess, they are toxic for ecosystems and economies.
22-07-2022 | Insight
Sustainability investing under threat? Not so fast
Sustainability investing under threat? Not so fast
After riding the tailwinds from bullish markets for several years, sustainable investing seems to have been affected by the winds changing course more recently.
21-07-2022 | Insight
Indices insights: Combing through the climate data forest
Indices insights: Combing through the climate data forest
We unpack the merits of different carbon metrics used to gauge climate risk in portfolios, including a new climate beta measure.
13-07-2022 | Interview
Weighing the pros and cons of nuclear power as climate urgency grows
Weighing the pros and cons of nuclear power as climate urgency grows
Robeco has revised its stance on nuclear power as part of efforts to transition to a net zero economy.
12-07-2022 | Insight
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