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Sustainable Investing Glossary

Environment

The ‘E’ in ESG: one of the three key factors to watch in Sustainable Investing, together with social and governance considerations.

Institutional investors are increasingly working to better understand the potential financial impact of environmental issues on companies in their portfolios. They are calling for greater company attention in areas such as climate change, energy and energy extraction-related risks (such as coal combustion and hydraulic fracturing), energy efficiency, recycling and environmental hazards in the air, water and soil. Investors play an important role in environmental topics by drawing attention to the relevant issue and influencing disclosure. 

The potential negative effects for companies that do not manage environmental risks are increasing costs (e.g. the need to clean up spills or restore the landscape on exploration sites), reputational damage in the event of headline-grabbing polluting incidents, or litigation costs. Integrating environmental considerations into a corporate strategy can also present opportunities. Using resources efficiently will decrease costs, while companies offering innovative solutions, such as printer suppliers helping their customers to get by with fewer and more energy-efficient printers, can gain a competitive edge.

Making better-informed investment decisions
Making better-informed investment decisions
Sustainable investing
Real estate fund cuts its carbon footprint
Real estate fund cuts its carbon footprint
Robeco Sustainable Property Equities has scored well above average for sustainability in an industry survey for the sixth year in a row.
24-01-2020 | Insight
From alchemy to gold – how ESG adds value in a Robeco fund
From alchemy to gold – how ESG adds value in a Robeco fund
Sustainability was responsible for 20% of the outperformance in a Robeco fund over three years, new analysis shows.
23-01-2020 | Insight
Podcast: It’s time asset managers make money talk
Podcast: It’s time asset managers make money talk
If we start investing much more towards the long term, and to sustainable solutions, things will go very, very quickly, says Robeco CEO Gilbert Van Hassel.
22-01-2020 | Podcast