Robeco opens access of sustainable data to public

Fund manager Robeco is extending its sustainable investing data to the wider public, including corporations and NGOs.

The firm said it would be one of the first asset managers globally to openly share its sustainable investing data, which focuses on the impact of company behaviour.

The firm first announced its SI Open Access Initiative in August last year when academics and clients were given free access.

Robeco has been developing its UN Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) scores since 2017 and said the scores focus on “impact materiality” – assessing the extent to which companies make positive or negative contributions to the UN Sustainable Development Goals.

This is unlike traditional ESG ratings that often measure financial materiality, said Robeco. The firm says the scores are complementary to ESG ratings and could be used for a more “holistic perspective on a company’s sustainability efforts”.

Carola van Lamoen, head of sustainable investing at Robeco, said the initiative collects feedback to improve the quality of sustainable investing data, and by doing so the firm helps investors to integrate SI in their approaches.

Currently, through the company’s client portal, over 900 clients and academics have access to Robeco’s sustainable investing intellectual property. 

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