BMO recognized as one of the most sustainably managed companies globally by Wall Street Journal

BMO Financial Group has been named in the top 15 of the Wall Street Journal’s first ever ranking of the 100 most sustainably managed companies in the world. BMO is the only bank in the top 50.

Taking a broad view of sustainability (including human capital, social capital, the environment, business model and innovation), the Wall Street Journal ranking assessed each company’s leadership and governance practices for their ability to create long term value for shareholders. To create the rankings, the Wall Street Journal examined more than 5,500 publicly traded businesses across a range of sustainability metrics.

BMO has been recognized among its international peers by a number of organizations in 2020, including as one of the global 100 most sustainable corporations in the world by Corporate Knights, and as one of the world’s most ethical companies by Ethisphere Institute. BMO has been ranked on the Dow Jones Sustainability Index for 15 years.

Investing with purpose: Celebrating 20 years of ESG engagement

This year we celebrate 20 years of running our investor engagement program. The past two decades have seen us engage more than 5,500 companies on the most relevant and impactful ESG issues for their businesses, and we have recorded over 3,700 instances of positive change – ‘milestones’ – in the same time period.

The way investors conduct engagement has transformed. From a niche approach largely confined to mission-orientated investors, engagement is now a mainstream investor activity. The success of the Climate Action 100+ initiative in bringing together investors representing close to U.S. $40 trillion in assets shows how far we have come.

Active ownership has proven its worth as a valuable and legitimate financial tool. At BMO, we view engagement not only as a tool to identify and manage risks, but also as a route to create positive impact for the environment and society. In the coming decade, we expect a focus on real-world outcomes of engagement, as we move towards the 2030 target date for the achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). Our corporate purpose is to Boldly Grow the Good in business and life. Through our commitment to responsible investing, we believe we are putting this purpose into action, playing our part in the movement towards making finance a force for good.

Milestones achieved are not guarantees of future engaged company, firm, or product performance.

Building momentum

Discover how momentum around investor engagement built throughout the early 2000s.

Reaching maturity

Learn about the factors that influenced a significant growth in the adoption of RI approaches and allowed investor engagement to reach maturity.

Thoughts on the future

Discover the direction we believe engagement will take during this critical decade for achieving the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals.

Sustainability Leaders: Advancing the dialogue on leading approaches to sustainability

Sustainability is a rapidly evolving field driven by billions of dollars in global investment. In this podcast series, we’ll talk with leading sustainability practitioners from the corporate, investor, academic, and NGO communities, exploring how this rapidly evolving field is impacting global investment and our world. You’ll gain first-hand knowledge as hosts Michael Torrance, David Sneyd and Jonathan Hackett interview experts from around the world, and bring the diverse perspectives to life with practical applications of sustainable concepts.

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