Robeco launches fashion equities fund

Robeco has launched the Fashion Engagement Equities Strategy, the market’s first fund focusing exclusively on the fashion industry.

Robeco says the new strategy will invest in, and engage with, 30 to 40 publicly listed companies across the entire fashion value chain, from sourcing, to production, consumption and end-of-life. Companies exposed to casualization, premiumization, circularity and automation megatrends are considered in the stock-selection process. The fund is Article 8 under SFDR.

Dora Buckulčíková, Portfolio Manager at Robeco, says, “Our conviction is that profit and positive change can go hand in hand. There is increasing demand for the fashion industry to transform. Companies with leading sustainability characteristics are likely to do better than laggards in the long run. It is our responsibility as long-term shareholders to encourage transparency and sustainable business practices at the individual company level. We believe this strategy positions investors to benefit from and contribute to the fashion industry’s sustainable transition.”