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Robeco launches two climate-focused fixed income strategies
Products fully compliant with EU regulation for Paris-aligned investments
The Asset 14 Dec 2020

Asset manager Robeco has launched two climate-focused fixed income strategies, the first of their kind to be fully compliant with the European Union’s benchmark regulation for Paris-aligned investments. These are RobecoSAM Climate Global Credits and RobecoSAM Climate Global Bonds.

RobecoSAM Climate Global Credits invests globally in corporate bonds with explicit climate targets that contribute to the goals of the Paris Agreement. The strategy starts with a 50% lower carbon footprint than the broader corporate bond market, and aims to decarbonize 7% per year while outperforming its Paris-aligned benchmark. It will be managed by Victor Verberk, Reinout Schapers and Peter Kwaak from Robeco’s global credit team.

RobecoSAM Climate Global Bonds comprises a global aggregate portfolio of fixed income assets. The strategy aims for a lower carbon footprint relative to the global investment grade bond universe and an average of at least 7% decarbonization per annum, while outperforming its Paris-aware benchmark. It will be managed by Jamie Stuttard, Regina Borromeo and Bob Stoutjesdijk from Robeco’s global fixed income macro team.

The strategies will be measured against newly created climate indices, developed jointly by Robeco and index provider Solactive. Climate change considerations are fully integrated into the investment process and portfolio construction, and engagement carried out by Robeco’s active ownership team is also part of the strategy, the company says. Both strategies are domiciled in Luxembourg and will be available to institutional and wholesale distributors following local registrations.

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