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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.

    A roadmap to sustainable investing 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 September 2020, we have more than 138 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
  • 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.

    Sustainability networks Voting & Engagement

Tap into our expertise

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

More insights

Tap into our expertise

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

More insights
Climate risk and portfolio decarbonization have become center stage
Climate risk and portfolio decarbonization have become center stage
Insurance companies are directly exposed to climate risk, and face increasingly tighter scrutiny from regulators regarding its impact on their balance sheets.
14-01-2021 | Interview
Why human production needs to go on a diet
Why human production needs to go on a diet
The weight of man-made objects on Earth now exceeds the mass of all living things, new research reveals.
13-01-2021 | Stunning statistics
Letter from the CIO: Stay contrarian
Letter from the CIO: Stay contrarian
Keep questioning the consensus in 2021, says Victor Verberk, Robeco’s CIO Fixed Income and Sustainability.
07-01-2021 | Insight
Climate transition and labor rights lead 2021 engagement themes
Climate transition and labor rights lead 2021 engagement themes
Tackling high-carbon funding and protecting labor rights in the post-Covid-19 world are Robeco’s main engagement themes for 2021.
07-01-2021 | Insight
SI Opener: How do we align portfolios with climate ambitions?
SI Opener: How do we align portfolios with climate ambitions?
The Net Zero Asset Managers initiative was launched in December, and Robeco is proud to be among the founding signatories.
24-12-2020 | SI Opener
‘We believe that businesses that promote gender equality have a competitive advantage’
‘We believe that businesses that promote gender equality have a competitive advantage’
Sustainable investing involves more than just investing in environmentally friendly income-producing vehicles.
22-12-2020 | Interview
EU gets ready for new sustainability framework
EU gets ready for new sustainability framework
Sustainable investing will become more focused and much clearer across the EU under a new regulatory framework for asset managers and their funds.
21-12-2020 | Insight
Sustainable thematic investing and UN SDGs, a natural fit
Sustainable thematic investing and UN SDGs, a natural fit
The UN’s Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) provide an excellent framework for investors to seek returns while helping shape a more sustainable world.
11-12-2020 | Insight
In addition to sustainable investing, we also have four other key strengths: