It was only last year the investment community really got to grips with ESG and predicted it would become a part of mainstream investing in the near future. Twelve months on, giving an indication of the fast-moving nature of sustainable investing and the increasing demand, the focus is quickly turning to impact investing, with many of the world’s largest asset managers launching impact strategies, creating impact measurement frameworks and researching assets’ negative and positive impacts on the environment and society.
Robeco is one such company. Having launched its first sustainability products in the 1990s, and integrated sustainability factors into its entire range of fundamental equity and fixed income strategies in 2019, it has outlined impact as a key area of growth for the business, and says this differentiates it from other asset managers.
Carola van Lamoen, head of sustainable investing at Robeco, says: “Impact investing is certainly an area of growth for us, it is one of our core strengths and we have a wide range of impact strategies.”