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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 expertise as core ingredient

  • In the 1990s, we were one of the first to see the potential of including sustainability. Today’s investor, too, seeks outcomes beyond their financial goals alone. Societal benefits, like fair employment practices and environmental accountability, are just as essential to them.

    To serve wealth and well-being, we need to understand the financial materiality of ESG factors and actively engage with companies to improve ESG scores.

  • To do this, we operate jointly with our sustainability affiliate RobecoSAM; the leading experts since their launch in the 90s. Their research is the sustainable ingredient in everything we do, and it’s a successful one: in 2020, Robeco and RobecoSAM were again awarded the highest possible A+ sustainability scores by the Principles for Responsible Investment (source: PRI).

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 June 2020, we have more than 144 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.

  • 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.

    Our sustainable strategies 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
Five years of SDGs, five lessons learned
Five years of SDGs, five lessons learned
The UN’s Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) celebrate their fifth anniversary this month – so, what have we learned?
25-09-2020 | Insight
My favorite Sustainable Development Goal
My favorite Sustainable Development Goal
The UN’s Sustainable Development Goals were launched on 25 September 2015, with a mission to improve living standards around the world.
25-09-2020 | Insight
Robeco strengthens exclusions policy for fossil fuels
Robeco strengthens exclusions policy for fossil fuels
Robeco is extending its exclusion policy for fossil fuel producers and users to its entire range of strategies to help combat global warming.
24-09-2020 | Insight
SI Opener: Loss of biodiversity is a bigger threat than climate change
SI Opener: Loss of biodiversity is a bigger threat than climate change
Biodiversity represents the knowledge learned by evolving species over millions of years.
24-09-2020 | SI Opener
Gross Domestic Past-it – rethinking how we value societal progress
Gross Domestic Past-it – rethinking how we value societal progress
The Covid-19 crisis has shown that we need to find other ways of measuring national success than just GDP, Robeco’s sustainability experts say.
22-09-2020 | Insight
Why the global population is unsustainable… because it is falling
Why the global population is unsustainable… because it is falling
A lower world population is great for sustainability, right?
15-09-2020 | Stunning statistics
Four ESG trends that will shape the post-Covid-19 world
Four ESG trends that will shape the post-Covid-19 world
A ‘once in a generation’ shock event, the coronavirus will impact the trajectory of ESG trends substantially.
08-09-2020 | Insight
Improving sustainability in the meat and fish supply chains
Improving sustainability in the meat and fish supply chains
We rely on the quality of the food that we eat – but not all of it is sustainably produced.
31-08-2020 | Insight
In addition to sustainable investing, we also have four other key strengths: