Sustainable Investing Glossary

Best in class

The best-in-class approach to Sustainable Investing means investing in companies that are leaders in their sector in terms of meeting environmental, social and governance criteria.

An investor who follows the best-in-class principle does not exclude sectors or industries, such as tobacco or mining, but instead invests in the companies that make the most effort to meet the environmental, social and governance criteria that are relevant for their respective industries. A next step is to engage with these companies to help them improve their sustainability performance. 

The most sustainable companies in a sector – also referred to as best practice – are used as a benchmark to be equaled or surpassed. 

The Dow Jones Sustainability Indices follow the best-in-class principle: out of the 2,500 corporations listed in the Dow Jones Global Index, a selection is made every year of the 10% of companies in a given sector that best meet certain ESG criteria. No industries are excluded from this process. The best-in-class approach helps stimulate competition among companies for inclusion in the indices. To be included or remain in the index, companies have to continually intensify their sustainability initiatives, to the benefit of investors, employees, customers, and ultimately society as a whole.

Creating returns that benefit the world we live in
Creating returns that benefit the world we live in
Sustainable investing
Robeco and RobecoSAM again receive top PRI scores
Robeco and RobecoSAM again receive top PRI scores
Robeco and RobecoSAM have again been awarded the highest possible sustainability scores by the Principles for Responsible Investment.
04-08-2020 | Insight
Pioneering climate engagement leads Q2 Active Ownership report
Pioneering climate engagement leads Q2 Active Ownership report
It was full steam ahead for Robeco’s Active Ownership team in the second quarter, despite the restrictions brought by Covid-19.
31-07-2020 | Active Ownership Report
Sugar’s role in coronavirus fatalities
Sugar’s role in coronavirus fatalities
The sugar content of food and drinks played an unseen role in the Covid-19 death toll, says engagement specialist Peter van der Werf.
29-07-2020 | Insight


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