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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:

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Tap into our expertise

Keep up with our knowledge and trends through articles, podcasts and videos:

More insights
Engagement successes highlighted in Q3 Active Ownership report
Engagement successes highlighted in Q3 Active Ownership report
Engagement has always been one of Robeco’s strengths, as shown by work completed in the third quarter by the Active Ownership team.
30-10-2020 | Active Ownership Report
Is there value in fallen angels?
Is there value in fallen angels?
Credit downgrades can be an opportunity for high yield investors.
29-10-2020 | Insight
SI Opener: Health care sector needs stronger ethics to combat opioid abuse
SI Opener: Health care sector needs stronger ethics to combat opioid abuse
The health care sector is often seen as a good place to invest, both from an investment and an impact perspective.
29-10-2020 | SI Opener
Green hydrogen: powering the low-carbon future
Green hydrogen: powering the low-carbon future
Interview with Thiemo Lang, Senior Portfolio Manager, RobecoSAM Smart Energy and Smart Mobility strategies.
27-10-2020 | Interview
Investing in the circular economy
Investing in the circular economy
The boundless appetite for resources, fueled by linear production and consumption patterns, is exceeding the planet’s regenerative capacity.
16-10-2020 | Insight
The Big Book of trends and thematic investing
The Big Book of trends and thematic investing
Trends and thematic investment strategies have enjoyed quite some popularity over the past few years.
15-10-2020 | Research
Building more resilient garment supply chains
Building more resilient garment supply chains
Garment industry supply chains have been rocked by Covid-19, but corporate commitments to pay living wages remain on top of the agenda.
09-10-2020 | Insight
Sustainable investing expertise in one publication
Sustainable investing expertise in one publication
Our thought-provoking publication explores sustainable investing from every possible angle.
28-09-2020 | Magazine
In addition to sustainable investing, we also have four other key strengths: