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Canadian investors want to better understand Environmental, Social and Governance (ESG), and responsible investing:

  • 56% would ask their advisor about ESG options in the next year or so1
  • 78% are already investing in ESG strategies or are very receptive of it1
  • 72% agree that companies can have a positive impact and make a profit1

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Our story

We believe that responsible investment is a mindset: as asset managers, we have a privileged and trusted position as stewards of capital, which gives us both influence and responsibility.

BMO Global Asset Management’s heritage and commitment to ESG investing runs deep. We take our responsibility seriously and that includes considering the impact of our investments on society and the environment.

Over 30+ years we’ve developed a range that includes specialist ESG products, investment strategies with ESG integration and engagement incorporated, and our Responsible Engagement Overlay service, reo®.

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United Nations Principles for Responsible Investment (Strategy and Governance) & founding signatory

30+ years

of ESG solutions

20+ years

of engagement

765

companies engaged in 2019

1,509

engagements in 2019

313

positive changes achieved in 2019

ESG solutions to solve sustainable investment needs

We fuel your expertise with unique ESG products and integrated solutions that help clients seeking growth, income, and lower risk.  Solutions that complement your portfolio, and prove that investing sustainably doesn’t mean sacrificing performance.

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Achieving sustainability in the food production system

David Sneyd is joined by Jo Raven from the FAIRR Initiative to discuss the progress that is already underway to create a more sustainable food production system, including the rise of alternative, plant-based proteins in the food supply chain.

Achieving sustainability in the food production system

David Sneyd is joined by Jo Raven from the FAIRR Initiative to discuss the progress that is already underway to create a more sustainable food production system, including the rise of alternative, plant-based proteins in the food supply chain.

September 2020

COVID-19 and the pharmaceutical industry

The pandemic provides drug-makers a chance to begin re-building their reputation – but only if they prioritize socially responsible practices.

September 2020

Racial justice: The imperative for investor action

Recent demonstrations against the killing of George Floyd and others by police called attention to systemic issues of racial inequalities and police brutality in the US, mobilising people globally to rally for racial justice

August 2020

COVID-19 and climate change

An update on COVID-19’s impact on climate change.

July 2020

The ESG implications of COVID-19: Focus on food production

Here we explore the food-related challenges of the COVID-19 crisis, and the role for investor engagement.

June 2020

COVID-19 and labour-related impacts

The impacts of COVID-19 on labour issues.

June 2020

Modern slavery: Engagement update

In our last Viewpoint about modern slavery, we highlighted that as long-term investors, we encourage companies – particularly those in high-risk sectors – to identify and manage modern slavery risks.

May 2020

U.S. responsible investment regulatory update

Although we would agree that rigor needs to be applied to ESG investment funds to avoid “green-washing”, we are concerned that if regulations are impractical or inflexible then it could stifle product innovation to meet client needs.

April 2020

The meaty realities of food production

The growing global population is driving demand for protein, increasing the impact of the global food industry on workers and the environment.

March 2020

ESG implications of the COVID-19 pandemic

We are still in the early stages of understanding the impact that COVID-19 will have. However, some important implications are already emerging.

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