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Robeco Shares SDG Measurement Methodology

Rotterdam-based asset management firm Robeco has launched an initiative enabling widespread access to the UN Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) scores generated by a proprietary framework. The launch of the Sustainable Investing (SI) Open Access Initiative opens Robeco’s Sustainable Investing Intellectual Property via a portal providing free access to clients and academics. Robeco’s SDG Framework, which the firm started developing in 2017, quantifies investable companies’ contribution to the SDGs. Robeco said the industry should work together to “improve data and define standards” to address common challenges in sustainable investing. Robeco will seek feedback on the data as well as maintaining an “ongoing dialogue” with its stakeholders, which the firm hopes will “further enhance the robustness of the data and our methodology”. Robeco plans to make other SI data and intellectual property available in the future. Victor Verberk, Robeco’s CIO of Fixed Income and Sustainability, said: “The massive challenges our planet is facing require a different approach. We need to join forces to address these challenges properly. By opening up our SDG data to a broader audience we aim to contribute to improving quality and standards setting across the industry.” 

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