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Robeco Backs Double Materiality Approach

Dutch asset manager Robeco will be implementing the double materiality concept into its investment processes this year, according to its 2021 Sustainability Report, which means the firm will be considering its investments’ exposure to and impact on sustainability factors. The asset manager has also outlined plans to expand its product ranges on strategic sustainable topics, such as UN SDGs, climate and biodiversity. Other 2022 and beyond goals include implementing a biodiversity roadmap, rolling out an impact indicator framework, and developing an impact measurement framework of active ownership related to its SDG engagement strategy. “Asset managers have not just an opportunity but a responsibility to drive innovation and be a catalyst for change,” said Robeco’s CEO Karin van Baardwijk. “By engaging with companies to improve their sustainability performance, and by allocating capital to the right companies, we’re playing our part. We’re also seeing a shift from ESG integration towards investments that are making a positive real-world impact. This is a good development in the long-term interest of the company, our clients and broader society.”

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