RobecoSAM appoints co-manager for impact equities funds

RobecoSAM has appointed Junwei Hafner-Cai (pictured) as co-portfolio manager for the RobecoSAM Global Child Impact Equities and Global Gender Equality Impact Equities funds.

She will be co-managing the two funds together with Olaf Martin.

Hafner-Cai is a senior equity analyst at RobecoSAM since 2010, covering the Industrials sector.

Prior to joining the firm, she was a junior portfolio manager at EFG International.

Formerly, she held positions of assistant relationship manager within the International Wealth Management Desk at Credit Suisse Private Banking in Singapore, and of assistant fixed income portfolio manager at Wegelin & Co. Private Bankers.

Hafner-Cai said : “Numerous studies have shown that in the example of gender equality a diverse workforce supports corporate performance in terms of profitability, share price or risk reduction. At RobecoSAM, we integrate gender equality criteria into our investment decisions, helping us to identify well managed companies which will drive long term shareholder returns.

“As a co-management team we want to be a role model in the industry. The aim is to prove that diversity, next to our structured investment process and the in-depth expertise based on our proprietary database of financially material ESG factors, lead to better results.”

Rainer Baumann, head of Public Equity and member of the executive committee at RobecoSAM, added : “Through the launch of these investment strategies and the setup of their management structure, RobecoSAM is again
a pioneer in the industry.

“I am proud to say that we have a very diverse workforce with 17 different nationalities, speaking 15 different languages and one third of the staff being women. This enables us to have a global view on markets, business cultures and industries insights.

“With these two funds we are at the very heart of impact investing: generating revenues while making a difference by strengthening children’s rights and gender equality.”

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