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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 June 2021, we have more than 210 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
Bracing for climate change impact
Bracing for climate change impact
Institutional investors agree that they need to prepare for climate impact.
18-10-2021 | Digital event
China: navigating the push towards technology leadership
China: navigating the push towards technology leadership
After more than three decades of accelerated catchup with more advanced economies, China is now engaged in a race for global technology leadership.
05-10-2021 | Insight
SI Opener: How Covid-19 is worsening inequality
SI Opener: How Covid-19 is worsening inequality
The Covid-19 pandemic has reversed gains in global poverty reduction and has had a profound impact on multiple facets of inequality.
23-09-2021 | SI Opener
Learnings from three years of SDG credits investing
Learnings from three years of SDG credits investing
The Sustainable Development Goals have made it possible to earn financial returns while also making a real difference to people’s lives.
09-09-2021 | Product webinar
Good cop, bad cop? Our hopes for real action at COP26
Good cop, bad cop? Our hopes for real action at COP26
The most important conference on climate change is about to take place, six years after the Paris Agreement was signed.
08-09-2021 | Insight
Country sustainability visibly harmed by Covid-19
Country sustainability visibly harmed by Covid-19
Covid-19 has reversed progress in many areas of human development, the latest Robeco Country Sustainability Ranking reveals.
25-08-2021 | Insight
Engaging with miners as the world demands more minerals
Engaging with miners as the world demands more minerals
Miners are rising to the challenge of making the industry more sustainable as demand grows for metals and minerals.
09-08-2021 | Insight
Water and waste as the next frontier in improving sustainability in factor credits
Water and waste as the next frontier in improving sustainability in factor credits
We impose water and waste constraints on our factor credit strategies.
03-08-2021 | Insight
In addition to sustainable investing, we also have four other key strengths:
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