Robeco adopts a holistic approach to integrating sustainability into investment decisions. Sustainability is a long-term driver for change in markets, countries and companies, which in turn can impact future performance. Based on this belief, we consider sustainability to be one of the value drivers in our investment process, similar to the way we look at financials or market momentum. In our fixed income investment processes, sustainability is seen as a good indicator to protect against downside risk. In our equity investment processes, we also see it as a driver for outperformance.
This integrated approach to sustainable investing recognizes the importance of ESG integration across asset classes. From an investment perspective, considering material ESG factors strengthens our investment process and ultimately leads to a better-informed investment decision. Robeco has incorporated ESG criteria as part of the investment process since 1999.
Our integrated sustainability approach is based on three key elements – leading sustainability research, ESG integration and active ownership. Our research comes from multiple sources, including the bespoke sustainability expertise of our affiliate company RobecoSAM, along with our own analysts and specialists. Robeco incorporates all these insights into most investment strategies in a tailored way to generate better risk-adjusted returns. With our active ownership approach, we work with our investee companies to improve their performance on ESG through voting and engagement, the results of which enrich our ongoing research.
Sustainability Investing according to Robeco
We integrate environmental, social and governance criteria into the majority of our investment processes, for fundamental and quantitative strategies over a range of asset classes. At Robeco, we’re convinced that our approach leads to better-informed investment decisions, and is therefore vital in creating value for our clients. We are also an active owner and through our engagement and voting we influence companies to improve sustainability practices, thereby improving returns and benefitting society. We have a large number of sustainable, thematic and Impact funds.
- Robeco has incorporated ESG criteria as part of the investment process since 1999
- Top A+ / A scores in 2017-2019 UN PRI assessments
- At the forefront of a growing movement: EUR 149 bln in ESG integrated assets (December 2019)
Find out more about Robeco’s approach and wide range of sustainable investment solutions.