Stockholm (NordSIP) – The rise of sustainable investments is often put down to an increase in demand, and its political counterpart, regulatory reforms. In this realm, no other region has been as advanced as the European Union. Now, investors are starting to align themselves to fit the regulatory mold.
On Wednesday, December 9th, Robeco launched the RobecoSAM Climate Global Credits and the RobecoSAM Climate Global Bonds strategies, the first global fixed income strategies to be fully compliant with the EU benchmark regulation for Paris-aligned investments, according to the asset manager.
RobecoSAM Climate Global Credits uses a proprietary SDG measurement framework to select companies that contribute positively to the SDGs, excludes those that do the opposite. The strategy starts with a 50% lower carbon footprint than the broader corporate bond market and aims to decarbonize 7% per year. It aims to outperform the Bloomberg Barclays Global Aggregate Corporates Index over the full credit cycle. It will be managed by Victor Verberk, Reinout Schapers, and Peter Kwaak from Robeco’s Global Credit team.
RobecoSAM Climate Global Bonds comprises a global aggregate portfolio of fixed income assets. The strategy aims for a lower carbon footprint relative to the global investment-grade bond universe and an average of at least 7% decarbonization per annum, while outperforming the Bloomberg Barclays Global-Aggregate Index. It will be managed by Jamie Stuttard, Regina Borromeo, and Bob Stoutjesdijk from Robeco’s Global Fixed Income Macro team.
Both strategies are domiciled in Luxembourg and will be available to institutional, and retail investors via wholesale distributors, following local registrations.
“As global leader in sustainable investing we are very committed to the Paris Agreement,” says Victor Verberk, CIO Fixed Income and Sustainability at Robeco. “In fact, we recently announced our ambition to achieve net-zero greenhouse gas emissions by 2050 across all of our assets under management. Launching these strategies and making them available to our clients is a clear example of our strong conviction that investing is not only about creating wealth but also about contributing to wellbeing.”
“It provides investors with the opportunity to be at the forefront of the transition to a low-carbon economy. These strategies bring to life our commitment to the Paris Agreement, combine our leading global position in sustainable investing with our long history and expertise in fixed income, and are a further step in our efforts to combat climate change and lower the carbon footprint of our investments,” Verberk concludes.