Over the past few years interest in sustainability investing (SI) has grown rapidly to the point that it is now becoming mainstream in many parts of the world – a trend that is set to continue. This has inspired fund distributors to adapt their product ranges and institutional investors to redefine their fiduciary responsibility. For some, ensuring that the world is habitable for future generations is becoming as important as optimizing investment returns.
But for many, questions still remain. Can SI drive performance? How can I incorporate sustainability? Does it only work in equity? How can engagement improve long-term results?
At this year’s Robeco Explore – our educational event series – we will bring together different perspectives on SI to discuss why it is becoming hard to ignore, and more importantly, to answer some of these burning questions.
||Registration & breakfast
||Opening remarks by Peter Walsh, Head of Robeco UK
||Key Note Address: Embracing sustainability to drive growth - James Rutter, Director of Brand & Strategy COOK
Putting sustainability at the heart of a business can add value and drive long-term growth, James Rutter, former editor of Financial News, will talk about how embracing sustainability has contributed to the success of COOK.
||Sustainability across Asset Classes: From financially material sustainability factors to practical implementation of SI - Masja Zandbergen, Head of ESG integration and Michael van der Meer, Senior SI Analyst, RobecoSAM
Financially material ESG factors could have a significant impact – positive or negative – on a company’s business model and value drivers, such as revenue growth, margins, required capital and risk. We will take a look at how to define what is financially material ESG information and how this can be used by investors. We will also look at moving from research to real life, considering three broad approaches to addressing ESG in a portfolio.
||The UN sustainable development goals (SDGs) – practical portfolio solutions - Taeke Wiersma, Co-head Credit Research, Robeco
The UN SDGs are becoming a popular lens through which investors can view the impact of their sustainability investing. However quantifying a company’s contribution to the SDGs is no mean feat. Taeke will discuss the goals, how investors might incorporate in their portfolio, and the framework developed by Robeco to rate companies on their SDG impact.
||The importance of being engaged. How active engagement can enhance your impact - Carola van Lamoen, Head of Active Ownership, Robeco
Sustainability investing is not the only approach to making an impact – active ownership can be very powerful. Carola will discuss how investors can reap the benefits of engagement around financially material ESG themes.
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