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July 22, 2021updated 23 Jul 2021 1:08pm

Robeco strengthens ESG commitment by expanding Singapore team

By Anita Senaratna

International asset manager Robeco has announced plans to scale its business in Singapore and advance environmental, social and governance (ESG) capabilities in Asia. This includes expanding its range of sustainable strategies for investors and expanding its investment team in Singapore.

“We are delighted to bring our global expertise in sustainable investing to Asia, working closely with our clients and partners to navigate the increasingly exciting but complex field of ESG,” said Nayan Patel, chief executive officer of Robeco Singapore.

“Whether it is analysing ESG data, integrating climate change considerations or maximising shareholders’ value through active ownership, Robeco has deep knowledge to help investors in Asia meet their sustainable investing objectives. With local specialists to anchor on-the-ground initiatives, combined with our extensive global experience, we expect to capture even more growth opportunities in ESG and become a leader in sustainable investing in Singapore. Our Singapore expansion will also contribute to Robeco’s ambition to achieve net-zero emissions across all assets by 2050.”

Robeco has had a presence in Asia Pacific since 2005. It currently has offices in Hong Kong, Shanghai, Singapore, Sydney, Melbourne and Tokyo. Over the coming years, Robeco will appoint three sustainability specialists in Singapore, with one targeted hire before the end of 2021. The team will be an extension of Robeco’s Sustainability Investing Centre of Expertise, a global team of over 35 dedicated client portfolio managers, researchers, thought leaders and active ownership professionals. Robeco opened its Singapore office in 2016, establishing a fixed income hub in Asia as an extension of its global team.

Robeco also is expected to introduce versions of its sustainability-focused strategies to cater to the needs of local investors. Sustainability-focused strategies have an explicit sustainability policy and target, alongside financial targets.

The company has over 25 years of experience in sustainable investing, introducing its first sustainable equity strategy in 1995. It also launched an Asian sustainable equity strategy in 2020. Robeco has also made a commitment to scale up existing ESG education and training activities in Singapore.

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