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 as 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 the downside risk. In our equity investment processes, we also see it also 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. Sustainability investing specialist RobecoSAM, through its Corporate Sustainability Assessment and Country Sustainability Ranking, focuses on industry and country -specific issues that drive the long-term growth and profitability. Robeco incorporates 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 companies to improve their performance on ESG and enrich our ongoing research.
In implementing these elements, Robeco works closely together with and benefits from the expertise of our sister company and sustainability specialist RobecoSAM.
- Robeco has incorporated ESG criteria as part of the investment process since 1999
- Top A+ / A scores in 2014-2017 UN PRI assessments
- At the forefront of a growing movement: EUR 102 bln in ESG integrated assets (March 2018)