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Country Sustainability Ranking
Sustainability research

Country Sustainability Ranking

Jointly developed by RobecoSAM and Robeco, the Country Sustainability Ranking is a comprehensive framework for analyzing countries’ ESG performance. By focusing on ESG factors such as aging, competitiveness and environmental risks – which are long term in nature – our country sustainability analysis offers a view into a country’s strengths and weaknesses that are not typically covered by rating agencies. Used in combination with standard sovereign bond ratings, RobecoSAM’s country ESG rankings can be a powerful tool to enhance risk analysis for government bonds, enabling investors to make better-informed investment decisions.

The Country Sustainability Ranking is updated semi-annually. Insights from ranking are then incorporated into the investment process for Robeco’s Government Bond Strategies, and are used to determine the country weights in the S&P ESG Sovereign Bond Index Family.

Last updated: May, 2017
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The country sustainability score is based on 17 indicators of which 3 environmental with a weight of 15%, 3 social with a weight of 25% and 11 governance with a weight of 60%. The score ranges from 1 to 10 and should be interpreted as a grade, the highest grade is 10 and the lowest 1. Purpose of the score is to compare countries on basis of ESG indicators that we consider to be relevant for investors.



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