Robeco launches sustainability investing education platform

The module aims to raise awareness of sustainability investing and inform discussions with clients who yearn to know more about this embryonic area of investment activity


Robeco has rolled out its Robeco Sustainability Investing Essentials to employees of Standard Chartered Private Bank (Standard Chartered) in Asia and globally.

Robeco Essentials, launched in October 2018, is a series of elearning modules that gives background information and insights on areas such as sustainability investing.

Robeco’s aim with this rollout is to further share its knowledge on key topics, while at the same time enabling Standard Chartered’s private banking professionals to enhance their skills and help their clients achieve their investment goals.

In October 2018, an Asian Private Banker survey sponsored by Robeco indicated that 65% of relationship managers have received limited or no ESG-related training in the last 12 months, but that 52% of relationship managers’ clients have shown an interest in ESG-related investments over the past 24 months. To fill this gap, Robeco and Standard Chartered Private Bank decided to join forces by offering Robeco Sustainability Investing Essentials to the bank’s private banking employees in Hong Kong, Singapore, Dubai and the UK.

The Robeco Sustainability Investing Essentials module explains what sustainability investing is and how ESG integration works in this context, clarifies trends and misconceptions around sustainability investing, takes a closer look at performance and active ownership, and details a number of specific case studies. The test at the end of the module gives participants two hours towards their Continuous Professional Development (CPD) accreditation. Robeco Sustainability Investing Essentials is recognized under The Institute of Banking and Finance Singapore’s (IBF) Financial Training Scheme (FTS).

Tom Keenan, head of Wholesale Asia ex-Japan at Robeco, says, “Sustainability investing is here to stay and will continue to grow. We do, however, see there is a need for education on this topic in Asia. In order to provide well-informed advice, or make the right decisions, sufficient knowledge is instrumental, certainly when it comes to sustainability investing. Robeco is considered a leader and pioneer in this area.”

Eugenia Koh, head of sustainable investing and engagement strategy at Standard Chartered, comments, “Our clients are increasingly looking to get more involved in sustainability investing, and to their private banking partner for solutions.”


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7 May 2019


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