Measuring country intangibles

Country Sustainability Ranking

Country Sustainability Ranking

Jointly developed by RobecoSAM and Robeco, the Country Sustainability Ranking is a comprehensive framework for analyzing countries’ ESG performance. By focusing on ESG factors such as aging, competitiveness and environmental risks – which are long term in nature – our country sustainability analysis offers a view into a country’s strengths and weaknesses that are not typically covered by rating agencies. Used in combination with standard sovereign bond ratings, RobecoSAM’s country ESG rankings can be a powerful tool to enhance risk analysis for government bonds, enabling investors to make better-informed investment decisions.

The Country Sustainability Ranking is updated semi-annually. Insights from ranking are then incorporated into the investment process for Robeco’s Government Bond Strategies, and are used to determine the country weights in the S&P ESG Sovereign Bond Index Family.

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As of April 2016

The country sustainability score is based on 17 environmental, social and governance indicators, which receive a weight of 15%, 25% and 60% of the total score, respectively. The score ranges from 1 to 10 and should be interpreted as a grade, with the highest grade being 10 and the lowest 1. The purpose of the score is to compare countries on the basis of ESG indicators that we consider to be relevant for investors.

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Rikkert Scholten, Senior Portfolio Manager at Robeco, explains what the Country Sustainability Ranking is and how it complements traditional sovereign debt analysis.