SRI & ESG Investing

 
DJSI 2018 Sustainability Stars

Are You Among 2018’s DJSI Sustainability Stars?

On 13th September 2018, RobecoSAM and S&P Dow Jones Indices announced the results of the annual Dow Jones Sustainability Indices (DJSI) review. We are happy to announce that all our customers from eight different countries entered or continued their inclusion in the DJSI, of which four are now industry leaders. Among the companies that were newly added in this year’s Indices are Diageo, General Mills, Assicurazioni Generali, and BBVA whereas Henkel, BASF, and Bayer have been deleted from the index.
Driving ESG Performance

Access to Capital is Driving ESG Performance

Increasingly sustainability frontrunners are leveraging their position as leaders by making deals with their banks. Philips, Barry Callebaut, and Generali are recent examples of companies that have successfully engaged with their capital providers to develop facilities with innovative sustainable and green features. By linking interest costs to ESG performance such as targets on green investments or progress made on sustainability initiatives, a strong business case for sustainability is created. Analyzing the different ESG benchmarks is a useful first step to further understanding ESG performance, as well as monitoring progress, and guiding decision-making to further accelerate sustainability performance.
New DJSI MSA Methodology

New DJSI MSA Methodology Shakes Up 2018 Results

In June 2018, RobecoSAM announced the update for the Media and Stakeholder Analysis (MSA) which is an integrated part of the Dow Jones Sustainability Index (DJSI) questionnaire for 2018 and onwards. The impact of this change is extremely significant in terms of both industry and company absolute scores. In this article we summarize the most important changes and how to explain this to your board.
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Bloomberg Sustainable Business Summit: Amsterdam

This year, Bloomberg is bringing its Sustainable Business Summit to Amsterdam for the first time on June 20-21, 2018. Don't miss the opportunity to meet and learn from a diverse group of sustainability experts!
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Dow Jones Sustainability Index Readiness Assessment

The summer months are an ideal time to reflect upon a busy start of the year and start planning ahead for 2019. When in full reporting mode, you may run out of time and come across issues in your Dow Jones Sustainability Index (DJSI) process that you are not able to deal with at that very moment. For those eager to plan ahead and looking to maximally benefit from your participation, we've developed a comprehensive Readiness Assessment for (future) participants of the DJSI.
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Lean Materiality Matrix 'Re-Fresh' Using Big Data

The materiality matrix has become a familiar sight in corporate reporting, representing a selection of topics that generate impact on the company and that are relevant to its stakeholders. Traditionally, full materiality assessments are conducted involving internal and external stakeholders in an elaborate process. But, today’s turbulent business environment requires a more frequent and agile approach, monitoring sustainability risks and opportunities around the clock. Finch & Beak’s Re-Fresh Materiality Assessment guarantees an annual update of your materiality matrix within 4 weeks by using big data from Bloomberg and CDP, among others.
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Get Ready and Prepare for the 2018 DJSI Questionnaire

On Thursday the 5th of April, RobecoSAM will once again open its annual Corporate Sustainability Assessment: the basis for selecting the best-performing companies for the Dow Jones Sustainability Index (DJSI). This year, more than 3,500 eligible companies have received an invitation to participate in the 2018 DJSI assessment. Avoid surprises by checking out our summary of announced changes for this year's methodology, and start your required preparations now.
Portfolio Sustainability Assessment

Analysis: Ranking the Stars of Your Product Portfolio

On top of business drivers such as cost savings and top line growth, increased regulations and reporting standards stimulate companies to enhance their sustainability performance. In this line of activities, a new technique has made its way into Strategy and Investor Relations departments as Social Responsible Investment (SRI) principles have been adopted by significant swarms of (private) investors. This requires companies to re-think the sustainability performance of their product portfolios. The recent introduction of the framework for Portfolio Sustainability Assessment by the WBCSD further implies the importance of the emerging phenomenon and provides useful tools for implementation.
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Checklist: How to Get Ready for Dow Jones Sustainability Index 2018

If improving your company's position in the Dow Jones Sustainability Index is one of your objectives for 2018, now is the time to get ready. A good preparation can make filling out the DJSI questionnaire a lot easier, and put you in a better position to improve your results. Here are five things you can still do before RobecoSAM opens the new assessment on the 5th of April.
ESG Performance and Investors

Getting Your Facts Straight to Gain Investor Trust

The launch of the Antimicrobial Resistance Benchmark at this year's WEF in Davos, the introduction of a sugar tax to fight obesity, and the recent New York City lawsuit against five major oil companies for their contribution to climate change. These are just a few recent developments showing that managing externalities now have a clear business case. Today investors seek companies that demonstrate effective management of their most relevant ESG factors and focus on their issues that have a real impact. The time for storytelling is over. It is now high time to have the data on issues in place in order to mitigate your business risks and to start seizing market opportunities.
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