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Methodology Changes for the Dow Jones Sustainability Index 2016

On April 5th, RobecoSAM opened its annual Corporate Sustainability Assessment: the base for selecting the best-performing companies for the Dow Jones Sustainability Indices. More than 3,000 eligible companies have received an invitation to participate in this year’s DJSI assessment. In order to prevent surprises, participating companies are well advised to take changes into account for this year’s methodology before diving into the questionnaire.
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VUCA-Proof Big Data for Long-Term Sustainable Growth

Larry Fink’s latest annual Corporate Governance letter to CEOs recently made its way into headlines as the BlackRock chairman expressed a noteworthy appeal for companies to stop giving quarterly earnings-per-share guidance. In a wider perspective, Fink urges companies to resist the “powerful forces” of short-termism, and invest in long-term growth instead.
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RobecoSAM Yearbook 2016: Emerging Risks and Opportunities

Increasingly, companies consider sustainability not only as a means of mitigating or avoiding risks, but also for seizing new opportunities that can give them a competitive edge. In line with these developments, changing investor demands and business environments have been driving change in the DJSI-assessment.
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Biobased Coffee Capsules Are the Answer to Nespresso's "What Else?"

Global coffee consumption is still moving more and more towards specialty coffees and single-serve pod machines. The Nespresso coffee capsule system has become the worldwide standard for single served capsule systems. Every year around 15 billion of capsules are sold. Although the single served capsules are really convenient, it has one drawback: the aluminum and plastic they are made of, create a lot of waste.
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In What Rankings Should We Participate?

The number of users of environmental, social, and governance data is increasing. Research of the Sustainability Accounting Standards Board has shown that the majority of a company’s value is now driven by intangible assets.
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Is Volkswagen the Lance Armstrong of the Car Industry?

The revelations of Volkswagen manipulating emissions tests show how fibbing with one’s impact on society can lead to big legal and reputational consequences. Apparently, the German automaker deemed the upside of selling large numbers of cars more attractive than the risk of getting caught with fraudulent software. The story brings back memories of Lance Armstrong’s Tour de France victories – titles that were pulled back after he was caught using doping. What lessons can be learned from the Volkswagen debacle?
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4th Pan-European IR Conference Euronext Amsterdam

After three successful editions in the previous years, the Investor Relations associations of Belgium (BIRA), France (CLIFF), the Netherlands (NEVIR) and Portugal (FIR) will organize for the fourth time the Pan-European IR Conference in Amsterdam from 28-30 September 2015.
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2015 Dow Jones Sustainability Index Results - DJSI Services

On September 10th, RobecoSAM and S&P Dow Jones Indices announced the results of the annual Dow Jones Sustainability Indices (DJSI). Once again, our customer Telenet reconfirmed its position as the industry group leader in the worldwide media sector, now for the fourth year in a row. Other industry group leaders include Unilever, Akzo Nobel, Roche Holding, and Air France-KLM.
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From BlackRock to Black Angus: Adapting Global to Local

The Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) of the United Nations has recently called for "urgent concerted policy responses" to deal with the growing threat of climate change to global food security. With predicted demand for ruminant meat to almost double between 2000 and 2050, which is in line with earlier reports concerning the growth effects of dairy and poultry on global warming, the FAO flags potential problems to be addressed – particularly on the issue of water scarcity. When looking at the broader range of materialities surrounding the highly globalized food industry, there appears to be a strong need for a local approach to address these issues in an effective manner.
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The impact of sustainability trends on financial markets

The 2015 RobecoSAM Forum

The RobecoSAM Forum is a community platform of thought leaders to launch initiatives and discuss solutions in the field of sustainability investing. Corporates, asset owners and RobecoSAM experts will come together for two days in Zürich, Switzerland to exchange their views on the impact of sustainability on financial markets and the future of ESG investing.
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