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Summary of Webcast on Policy Influence & Human Rights

On October 5th, the second out of 5 webinars on the DJSI 2017 results was broadcasted by RobecoSAM. The webcast covered the newly introduced criterion on Policy Influence, as well as the questions on Human Rights. Both criteria have become more data-driven, indicating that RobecoSAM is merely looking for quantitative based answers rather than qualitative stories. Furthermore, the public disclosure is a major assessment aspect for both topics. In the download section of this article, you can find our summary of the webcast.
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Methodology Changes for the 2017 Dow Jones Sustainability Index

On March 30th, RobecoSAM will open its annual Corporate Sustainability Assessment: the base for selecting the best-performing companies for the Dow Jones Sustainability Index (DJSI). More than 3,200 eligible companies have received an invitation to participate in the 2017 DJSI assessment.To prevent surprises, participating companies are advised to take note of the announced changes for this year’s methodology, before deep-diving into the questionnaire.
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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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Building a Culture of Long-Term Investment and Growth

The world’s largest asset manager, BlackRock, has teamed up with nonprofit sustainability leader Ceres to create guidance for institutional investors on engaging with companies and policymakers on sustainability issues. The guide “21st Century Engagement: Investor Strategies for Incorporating ESG Considerations into Corporate Interactions” includes tactics and case studies from 37 experts spanning 6 countries.
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Sustainability Program Can Increase Target Price by 15%

The valuation impact of sustainability can be very high. ESG based value driver analysis led to a target price impact of -19% at Anglo American and +23% at Chr. Hansen. However, when talking to Investor Relations executives and Board members of listed companies, a frequently heard statement is “Why bother, our investors are not interested in sustainability”. This claim is sourced from the observation that there are few questions in shareholders meetings and earnings calls that address the topic. But how is that possible with the level of assets under management of ESG integrated funds rising beyond €6 trillion in Europe alone?
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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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Why Investors Do Not Seem to Get Sustainability

The recent CEO study by UN Global Compact and Accenture reported that, while 38 percent of CEOs believe they are able to accurately quantify the business value of their sustainability initiatives, just 7 percent of investors agree*. This striking gap demonstrates the shortcomings of many companies in effectively communicating ánd quantifiably measuring the business value and success of sustainability.
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