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Corporate Sustainability

Corporate Sustainability

Corporate Sustainability is a business approach that creates long-term shareholder value by embracing opportunities and managing risks deriving from economic, environmental and social developments.

Our focus on corporate sustainability is based on two guiding principles:

  • Sustainable business practices are critical to the creation of long-term shareholder value in an increasingly resource-constrained world
  • Sustainability factors represent opportunities and risks that competitive companies must address

Sustainability-related megatrends are changing our world and are having a measurable impact on companies’ top and bottom lines. Long-term challenges such as resource scarcity, demographic shifts and climate change are redefining societal expectations, public policies, regulatory frameworks, and hence business environments and investment outcomes.

Such challenges create new opportunities and risks that companies must address today to remain competitive tomorrow. Companies that anticipate and manage current and future economic, environmental and social opportunities and risks by focusing on quality, innovation and productivity will emerge as leaders and are more likely to create a competitive advantage and long-term stakeholder value.

The quality of a company's strategy and management and its performance in dealing with opportunities and risks deriving from economic, environmental and social developments can be quantified and used to identify and select leading companies for investment purposes. For this reason, RobecoSAM has developed the Corporate Sustainability Assessment in order to help us identify those companies that are best equipped to recognize and respond to emerging opportunities and risks resulting from global sustainability trends.