The judging panel, which consisted of both asset managers and industry gatekeepers, gave Robeco the 2020 award for the quality of its ESG solutions and the strength in the team. One of those ESG solutions is its innovative credits offering that invests in companies which support the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).
The SDG Credit Income strategy, developed in partnership with RobecoSAM and distributed by Robeco in Asia, targets companies whose business activities contribute towards achieving one or more of the SDGs. These goals range from investing to eradicate poverty in emerging markets, to tackling climate change and fighting pollution.
Aside from the positive effect that investors can make in a major new arena for impact investing, the strategy also offers attractive returns for investors, including regular income from the corporate bonds held in the SDG portfolios.
Hong Kong-based Asian Private Banker is a media group that covers the growing wealth management sector in Asia. Its annual Asset Management Awards aim to “identify and honor the region’s best third-party providers of asset management products and services to private banks in the Asia Pacific region”.
Robeco and RobecoSAM were among the first asset managers in the world to offer strategies investing in companies that can make a positive impact on the SDGs. The SDG Credit Income strategy is managed using the same investment process behind the award-winning Robeco High Yield strategy. In addition, it applies a three-step process for SDG screening to further enhance the risk/return profile. The result is a portfolio that provides an attractive and stable income throughout the credit cycle.
“This is the second year we’ve won this award,” says Tom Keenan, Robeco’s regional head of wholesale markets in Asia ex-Japan. “Robeco has again stood a cut above the rest with its ability to offer solutions that not only deliver attractive investment opportunities, but also contribute to the well-being of the world.”
“In the case of our new SDG credit income strategy, the ability to deliver strong performance comparable to similar income funds while facilitating positive changes through the SDG framework is a powerful combination, especially for yield-hunting Asian investors. This new capability adds to our already extensive range of sustainable investing solutions, which include mainstream funds with ESG integration, ESG-focused funds, thematic strategies, and impact funds.”
“We strongly believe that moving forward, the future of ESG investing lies with those that have the ability to take sustainable investments into the mainstream. It’s great to make positive impacts, but as a fund provider, we also need to deliver compelling investment cases that generate returns for our investors.” “Robeco and RobecoSAM are among the early adopters of sustainable investing, and our long track record in developing these innovative solutions is of great value to our distribution partners in the years to come, as ESG investing becoming more mainstream in the region.”
As a pioneer of sustainable investing since the 1990s, Robeco’s commitment to it has only grown stronger with the passage of time. Both Robeco and RobecoSAM were this year again awarded the highest possible A+ scores for sustainable investing by the UN-backed Principles for Responsible Investment.
As active ownership forms a big part of sustainability, a major success was achieved in engagement when a large oil company agreed to link executive remuneration to decarbonization targets, thanks to a collaborative effort jointly led by Robeco.
And in the campaign to encourage sustainability in emerging markets, our 2019 engagement theme of making palm oil plantations more sustainable received a boost with a ground-breaking deal with a satellite imaging company to check for deforestation.
Robeco also belongs to a strong of global initiatives to combat global warming, such as Climate Action 100+, which promotes decarbonization among larger CO2 emitters, and a company-wide commitment to meet the goals of the Paris Agreement
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