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Sustainable investing

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.

Navigating the ESG labyrinth
  • 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, we believe that our comprehensive sustainable approach leads to better-informed investment decisions. Aiming to create better returns while 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

RobecoSAM: a sustainable ingredient

  • For over 25 years, RobecoSAM has been at the forefront of sustainable investing (SI). Today, it is Robeco’s sustainability ingredient brand, used to designate selected SI intelligence and research.

  • But there’s more. RobecoSAM also designates Robeco’s range of rankings of both companies and countries in terms of their sustainability to help investors make responsible choices. 

    In a nutshell, sustainability impacts everything we do. Our SI ingredient brand is an assurance that sustainability takes center stage at Robeco.

    About RobecoSAM

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 September 2020, we have more than 160 billion USD 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
Climate risk and portfolio decarbonization have become center stage
Climate risk and portfolio decarbonization have become center stage
Insurance companies are directly exposed to climate risk, and face increasingly tighter scrutiny from regulators regarding its impact on their balance sheets.
14-01-2021 | Interview
Climate transition and labor rights lead 2021 engagement themes
Climate transition and labor rights lead 2021 engagement themes
Tackling high-carbon funding and protecting labor rights in the post-Covid-19 world are Robeco’s main engagement themes for 2021.
07-01-2021 | Insight
SI Opener: How do we align portfolios with climate ambitions?
SI Opener: How do we align portfolios with climate ambitions?
The Net Zero Asset Managers initiative was launched in December, and Robeco is proud to be among the founding signatories.
24-12-2020 | SI Opener
The road ahead for the SDGs
The road ahead for the SDGs
The Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) have been taking sustainable investing to the next level.
10-12-2020 | Yearly outlook
Guide to climate fixed income investing
Guide to climate fixed income investing
Our publication explains how to stimulate decarbonization of the broader economy and society by investing in companies committed to reducing climate change.
09-12-2020 | Insight
Robeco commits to net zero carbon ambition by 2050
Robeco commits to net zero carbon ambition by 2050
Robeco is committing to achieving net zero greenhouse gas emissions across all its assets under management by 2050.
04-12-2020 | Insight
SI Opener: Covid-19 puts spotlight on labor issues in the apparel industry
SI Opener: Covid-19 puts spotlight on labor issues in the apparel industry
The fashion industry has been severely affected by the Covid-19 pandemic due to its discretionary nature, impacting not only garment brands but also their supply chains.
26-11-2020 | SI Opener
Quant solutions must look beyond the most conventional factors
Quant solutions must look beyond the most conventional factors
Quant strategies have come under pressure over the past two years.
24-11-2020 | Interview
In addition to sustainable investing, we also have four other key strengths:
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