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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 March 2021, we have more than 168 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
Podcast: Are investment managers ready for ESG going mainstream?
Podcast: Are investment managers ready for ESG going mainstream?
More and more investors say they choose their fund manager based on their sustainability credentials.
27-07-2021 | Podcast
The CO₂lumnist: Carbon scopes participating at the Tokyo 2021 Olympics
The CO₂lumnist: Carbon scopes participating at the Tokyo 2021 Olympics
Investors rely on data to make decisions on climate strategy.
22-07-2021 | Column
Robeco sponsors the world’s gauge for sustainable investing
Robeco sponsors the world’s gauge for sustainable investing
On July 19, the Global Sustainable Investment Alliance (GSIA) unveils its long-awaited Global Sustainable Investment Review 2020, the most cited global market study on sustainable investing.
19-07-2021 | Announcement
How will carmakers survive the shift to electrification?
How will carmakers survive the shift to electrification?
Regulation, changing consumer preferences and new entrants are cranking up the pressure.
09-07-2021 | Insight
Why climate risk considerations are especially relevant for buy-and-maintain portfolios
Why climate risk considerations are especially relevant for buy-and-maintain portfolios
Decarbonizing long-term, stable portfolios calls for a forward-looking approach.
02-07-2021 | Insight
Creating sustainable multi-factor bond portfolios
Creating sustainable multi-factor bond portfolios
Our simulations show we can do this without materially reducing factor exposures and hence the alpha potential.
29-06-2021 | Insight
Protecting human rights on 10th anniversary of UN Guiding Principles
Protecting human rights on 10th anniversary of UN Guiding Principles
Investors need to watch out for the human rights abuses that still occur in many supply chains, says Senior Engagement Specialist Danielle Essink.
28-06-2021 | Insight
SI Opener: Putting climate action plans to a vote – a Say on Climate!
SI Opener: Putting climate action plans to a vote – a Say on Climate!
Shareholders are used to voting on a wide array of proposals.
24-06-2021 | Insight
In addition to sustainable investing, we also have four other key strengths: