Robeco publishes framework guiding investor sustainability engagements with governments

Read the full story in ESG Today.

International asset manager Robeco announced today the release of a new Sovereign SDG Engagement Framework for investors, aiming to guide them in engagements with governments on tackling sustainability challenges.

According to Robeco, the framework was developed in order to address a lack of clear, methods to navigate the complex, emerging area of sovereign engagement, and the impact that sustainability issues can have an impact on the value of sovereign bonds.

The framework, originally published earlier this month in the Journal of Sustainable Finance and Investment, addresses three key considerations for investors to engage with governments. The main steps include prioritizing countries based on their relevance in the investment universe and portfolios and the country’s progress on the SDGs, and determining where investors can make a difference, selecting SDGs facing slow progress in the individual countries, and setting a detailed roadmap for conducting the engagement, encompassing goal setting, finding partnerships in the process, reporting and monitoring progress.

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