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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

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
Engaging with countries to promote the SDGs
Engaging with countries to promote the SDGs
A team from Robeco has published a framework that can help investors engage with countries to tackle sustainability challenges.
14-06-2021 | Insight
Show, don't tell – investing in sustainable themes with demonstrated impact
Show, don't tell – investing in sustainable themes with demonstrated impact
The popularity of sustainable investing, especially in public equity markets, has fueled growth in the volume of ESG reporting from companies.
10-06-2021 | Insight
Finding the downside risks in credit with ESG
Finding the downside risks in credit with ESG
Using financially material ESG information leads to better-informed investment decisions and benefits society.
09-06-2021 | Insight
SI Opener: Devaluation of the word impact investing –  three questions
SI Opener: Devaluation of the word impact investing – three questions
With the introduction of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), so began the rise of impact investing in listed equities and credits.
28-05-2021 | SI Opener
The Big Book of Climate Investing
The Big Book of Climate Investing
Climate change is the biggest threat facing humanity, and is now the single-most important issue for investors.
26-05-2021 | Insight
Cannabis – controversial plant comes full-circle
Cannabis – controversial plant comes full-circle
Cannabis is making a comeback and enjoying popularity and acceptance it hasn’t seen in thousands of years – but caution is advised.
25-05-2021 | Insight
Transforming the energy sector as an investment opportunity – video
Transforming the energy sector as an investment opportunity – video
Cleaner energy is critical in ensuring a healthier planet – and an unstoppable trend.
21-05-2021 | Video
‘We must prepare for the worst-case scenarios’
‘We must prepare for the worst-case scenarios’
Bob Litterman is chairman of the Risk Committee and a founding partner of Kepos Capital in New York.
18-05-2021 | Interview
In addition to sustainable investing, we also have four other key strengths: